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New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness
Melding science and tradition to tackle climate change
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), In the latest of several partnerships between tradition and modern science aimed at improving resilience to climate change, pastoralists and meteorologists in Tanzania are working together to produce weather forecasts better suited to farmers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100125/Melding-science-and-tradition-to-tackle-climate-change
Separatists and sceptics: refugees divided on future of northern Mali
19 May 2014 (IRIN ), Fighting has once again escalated in northern Mali's Kidal region, with clashes between Tuareg separatists and the army reportedly killing 36 people on 16 and 17 May. Despite the failure of the 2012 rebellion in northern Mali and the loss of most of the territory they briefly laid claim to, Tuareg separatists say the fight for an independent territory of Azawad is not over. Activists from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) now living as refugees in neighbouring Burkina Faso say their original demands still stand.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100102/Separatists-and-sceptics-refugees-divided-on-future-of-northern-Mali
Bleak choices for Mali refugees in Burkina
9 May 2014 (IRIN ), More than a year after France’s military intervention drove out Islamist militias, northern Mali appears to have regained some stability. However, Malian refugees at the Mentao camp in neighbouring Burkina Faso are wary of going back, citing security problems and unresolved political issues.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100064/Bleak-choices-for-Mali-refugees-in-Burkina
Rough guide to Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99990/Rough-guide-to-Islamic-rules-of-war
Remittance rip-offs
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99977/Remittance-rip-offs
Staunching Burkina’s abortions
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were carried out in the country in 2012, most of them performed in unsafe conditions or by untrained health workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99827/Staunching-Burkina-s-abortions
Trading away West Africa’s hunger
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99810/Trading-away-West-Africa-s-hunger
Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger
11 March 2014 (IRIN ), The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99767/Gains-and-losses-as-Burkina-Faso-fights-child-hunger
Time to rekindle Timbuktu's flame
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), The ‘Flamme de la Paix’ monument lies on the northwestern outskirts of Timbukutu, Mali. There, on 27 March 1996, hundreds of weapons were symbolically destroyed, and representatives from the Malian government and Tuareg rebel movements promised to promote peace and reconciliation in a region wracked by bitter conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99630/Time-to-rekindle-Timbuktu-s-flame
Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty
10 February 2014 (IRIN ), Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99620/Breaking-the-cycle-of-youth-unemployment-poverty
Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99590/Helping-Africa-s-urban-poor-gain-from-modernization
UN shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the UN, which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99584/UN-shifts-approach-to-help-Sahel-s-20-million-hungry
West Africa: West African livelihoods weakened by graft
3 January 2014 (IRIN ), Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99422/West-Africa-West-African-livelihoods-weakened-by-graft
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99381/Life-saving-hepatitis-C-drug-approved-but-cost-is-high
How to empower local NGO partners
20 December 2013 (IRIN ), UN agencies and international NGOs (INGOs) are increasingly stressing the need to reach out to new partners, including local NGOs, to build their capacity to respond to humanitarian crises. Yet agencies are still said to “arrive, set the agenda, do their activities and leave,” said Sayadi Sani, head of the local Nigerien nutrition NGO Befen. How can aid agencies better empower local NGOs?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99369/How-to-empower-local-NGO-partners
Is Africa ready for GM?
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), Even as food insecurity continues to afflict impoverished and disaster-affected populations around the continent, African policymakers and consumers remain deeply divided over the potential harms and benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods, which advocates say could greatly improve yields and nutrition.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99218/Is-Africa-ready-for-GM
Insecurity still engulfs northern Mali, hampering humanitarian effort
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), While security in some northern Mali towns has improved, continued sporadic attacks by militant groups in Timbuktu and Gao, as well as fighting between separatist Tuareg groups and Malian forces in Kidal, are still hampering some aid operations and keeping refugees from returning home.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99203/Insecurity-still-engulfs-northern-Mali-hampering-humanitarian-effort
Out of spotlight, humanitarian crisis continues in Mali
21 November 2013 (IRIN ), Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over. Hunger levels are higher this year than last, with malnutrition reaching emergency levels in Gao town, Bourem and Ansongo. Banditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from accessing remote populations in need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99179/Out-of-spotlight-humanitarian-crisis-continues-in-Mali

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