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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
Fleeing fighting in Mozambique to uncertain future in Malawi
4 March 2014 (IRIN ), Since mid-January, an estimated 2,000 people have fled fighting between the government and former rebels in Mozambique, spilling into neighbouring Malawi, but they are yet to receive assistance as the Malawian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) remain in disagreement about their status as asylum seekers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99740/Fleeing-fighting-in-Mozambique-to-uncertain-future-in-Malawi
Long road to an African rapid reaction force
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), The African Union (AU) is rethinking how it can most effectively deploy military forces to tackle the continent’s crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99683/Long-road-to-an-African-rapid-reaction-force
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
Crop-eating pests plague southern African farmers
7 February 2014 (IRIN ), The rainy season, always welcome in often dry southern Africa, has brought with it favourable breeding conditions for army worms and red locusts. The crop-eating pests are contributing to the woes of subsistence farmers already struggling to recover from setbacks in the last farming cycle.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99607/Crop-eating-pests-plague-southern-African-farmers
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
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
Severe water shortages in Malawi
12 December 2013 (IRIN ), Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99315/Severe-water-shortages-in-Malawi
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
Senegal on the frontline of the battle with Big Tobacco
19 November 2013 (IRIN ), Djité Sekou, 32, smokes as he passes his nights guarding one of the many high-rise apartment buildings in Dakar, Senegal. It has been eight years since his first cigarette - a Monte Carlo from Morocco - and when money is available he goes through 20 to 30 per day. It is an addiction that can cost him up to a quarter of his monthly income.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99154/Senegal-on-the-frontline-of-the-battle-with-Big-Tobacco
Government corruption “cripples” Malawi's health sector
24 October 2013 (IRIN ), Extensive looting of public funds by government officials in Malawi has dangerously undermined the country’s public health sector, with hundreds of public health workers striking in recent weeks to protest late payments of their September salaries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98990/Government-corruption-cripples-Malawi-s-health-sector
Backlash against Malawian migrants in Tanzania
1 October 2013 (IRIN ), An official crackdown on undocumented migrants in Tanzania has sparked a wave of attacks against Malawians living there, causing many to flee for home. In recent weeks, hundreds of returnees, some still recovering from the beatings they received, have been stranded near Malawi's northern border with Tanzania without funds to continue their journey home.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98856/Backlash-against-Malawian-migrants-in-Tanzania
Analysis: Untangling China's aid to Africa
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98771/Analysis-Untangling-China-s-aid-to-Africa
Analysis: Behind China’s aid structure
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), China’s role as an aid donor has been met with wariness, both from aid experts and recipients. Confusion over the nature of China’s aid arises because the country uses multiple ministries and agencies to give money, has different strategic priorities than traditional Western donors, and does not release detailed reports about how much aid it provides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98772/Analysis-Behind-China-s-aid-structure
Global child mortality rates "halved"
13 September 2013 (IRIN ), Child mortality rates declined by 47 percent globally between 1990 and 2012, a major new study by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has revealed, although this still falls short of the targets required to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) relating to child survival.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98750/Global-child-mortality-rates-halved
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
Malawians brace for another year of hunger
16 August 2013 (IRIN ), The phrase on the lips of many Malawians these days, particularly in the north of the country is: “There will be hunger this year.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98586/Malawians-brace-for-another-year-of-hunger
North Kivu braces for potential UN-armed group clashes
2 August 2013 (IRIN ), A UN ultimatum for armed groups around Goma, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu Province, to disarm, expired on 1 August and a security zone has been set up around the city. Goma is calm, but civilians, aid agencies and NGOs wait nervously as the UN's first ever "offensive" peacekeeping force prepares to fully deploy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98514/North-Kivu-braces-for-potential-UN-armed-group-clashes
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
Can oil and water mix in Malawi?
19 July 2013 (IRIN ), Civil society’s shorthand for Malawi’s drive to expand its extractive resource sector is T2 - “trouble or treasure”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98446/Can-oil-and-water-mix-in-Malawi

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