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IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa – Trainee teacher, Madagascar
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa, 25, a single mother from the village of Ambohimanga Rova, about 24km east of Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, is confident about the future - despite her daily struggles.
Our Lives - A survivors' guide to hard times
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Price Watch (Our lives)
Thierry Mafisy Miharivonjy Razafindranaivo – Cook, Madagascar
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Thierry Mafisy Miharivonjy Razafindranaivo, 26, is one of three cooks in a local fast food restaurant in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital.
MADAGASCAR: Cyclone preparations threatened
23 November 2012 (IRIN ), A US$6.1 million funding shortfall is jeopardizing the World Food Programme’s (WFP) practice of pre-positioning relief supplies in many areas vulnerable to cyclones. The practice results in quicker response times to Madagascar’s clockwork-like natural disasters.
MADAGASCAR: Sentenced to malnutrition
21 November 2012 (IRIN ), Former gang member Robert, 62, shares a cell with 145 other inmates in Antanimora Prison in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. He receives one meal a day of dried cassava.
MADAGASCAR: Domestic violence rises as incomes fall
6 November 2012 (IRIN ), Incomes have slipped to their lowest level in a decade since Madagascar’s 2009 coup d’etat, and, in parallel, domestic violence has sharply risen.
SECURITY: Is Africa's maritime strategy all at sea?
22 October 2012 (IRIN ), The African Union’s (AU) deadline for securing the continent’s territorial waters - the world’s last major geographical region without a maritime strategy - has been set at 2050, a target that may prove untenable.
MADAGASCAR: Possible palm extinction threatens livelihoods
19 October 2012 (IRIN ), Eighty-three percent of Madagascar’s palm species - which are a vital source of both food and building materials - are threatened by extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) latest Red List of Threatened Species, published on 17 October.
MADAGASCAR: A community protector called Love
28 September 2012 (IRIN ), In 2010, scores of bandits attacked Bevilany, a charcoal-producing settlement in Madagascar’s southern Anosy Region. By the time the fight was over, 11 outlaws and one ‘zamasi’ - a security guard hired by a community for protection - were dead.

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