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Guinea poised to complete transition to civilian rule
5 September 2013 (IRIN ), Guinea’s parliamentary election, to be held later this month, will establish a legislative assembly after almost five years without one, and formally complete a transition to civilian rule. But the long-overdue poll is fraught with political and ethnic tensions that analysts say hinder reforms and progress.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98699/Guinea-poised-to-complete-transition-to-civilian-rule
Rethinking mental health in Africa
2 September 2013 (IRIN ), As African countries strive to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and plot a new development agenda thereafter, health experts are gathering evidence across the continent to make a case for a greater focus on its millions of mentally ill.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98680/Rethinking-mental-health-in-Africa
Analysis: Guinea’s halting fight against impunity
30 August 2013 (IRIN ), Since 2012, in an unprecedented effort in the country, top security officials in Guinea have been indicted for alleged crimes against civilians. But the indictments have yet to lead to trials or, in most cases, even arrests.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98671/Analysis-Guinea-s-halting-fight-against-impunity
West Africa cholera down but officials vigilant
24 July 2013 (IRIN ), Some 1,700 people in West Africa have contracted cholera since mid-June, showing a significant decline compared to the same seven-week period in 2012 when 11,834 were affected.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98465/West-Africa-cholera-down-but-officials-vigilant
African governments still underfunding health
23 July 2013 (IRIN ), Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98459/African-governments-still-underfunding-health
Countering Africa’s green revolution
8 July 2013 (IRIN ), Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98378/Countering-Africa-s-green-revolution
Analysis: Short-term fixes - the bane of West African agriculture
5 July 2013 (IRIN ), Boosting agricultural productivity in the Sahel region is crucial to reduce chronic food insecurity, improve families' nutrition, promote economic growth and help build people's resilience, say experts, but governments still under-fund the sector, as do international donors who favour short-term fixes.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98367/Analysis-Short-term-fixes-the-bane-of-West-African-agriculture
Preparing for floods in West Africa
14 June 2013 (IRIN ), West African and Sahel countries are setting up measures to minimize flood damage as the annual rainy season approaches. The African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) in a seasonal weather outlook says near-average or above-average rainfall is likely over the western Sahel, which stretches across Mauritania, Senegal and western and central Niger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98221/Preparing-for-floods-in-West-Africa
Guineans flee Conakry unrest, ethnic tension
7 June 2013 (IRIN ), Guinea’s political violence is hitting residents of the capital Conakry increasingly hard, with some families forced to flee their homes and others relocating for fear of ethnically based attacks.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98189/Guineans-flee-Conakry-unrest-ethnic-tension
Digital jobs offer skills, promise to Africa's unemployed youth
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Although Africa’s economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, it has not kept pace with the growth of its youth population or their need for jobs.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98114/Digital-jobs-offer-skills-promise-to-Africa-s-unemployed-youth

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