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Rising Ebola cases strain health workers
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100426/Rising-Ebola-cases-strain-health-workers
Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100415/Is-the-UN-peacekeeper-selection-process-flawed
Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100401/Boko-Haram-steps-up-Cameroon-raids
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
Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99989/Can-Islamic-law-be-an-answer-for-humanitarians
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
Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population
23 April 2014 (IRIN ), There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99979/Refugees-returnees-from-Nigeria-strain-Niger-host-population
Need to ramp up aid response in Nigeria's violence-torn northeast
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), Security fears, a lack of humanitarian actors on the ground and a perception that Nigeria's government can handle its crises without help, are leaving many of the thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeast short of food, with little to no access to health care or basics like clean water and blankets.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99971/Need-to-ramp-up-aid-response-in-Nigeria-s-violence-torn-northeast
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
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
West Africa scores high in disaster risk
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Researchers at the Madrid-based humanitarian research non-profit DARA have developed a new methodology, the risk reduction index, that they say could help more countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. But an assessment using the index, carried out in six West African countries, found pervasive risks and limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99778/West-Africa-scores-high-in-disaster-risk
Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due to access hurdles and political sensitivities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99783/Humanitarian-response-gap-grows-in-northern-Nigeria
Brute force fails to break Boko Haram
19 February 2014 (IRIN ), Hoping to snuff out Boko Haram, Nigerian forces launched a crackdown in May 2013, swooping into towns, rounding up hundreds of youths and strafing suspected hideouts of the militia, who, despite being pushed back, continue to torment civilians and target security forces.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99672/Brute-force-fails-to-break-Boko-Haram
Lingering hardship after Nigeria floods
14 February 2014 (IRIN ), Residents displaced by the 2012 deluge in Nigeria’s Kogi State have by now returned to their villages, where the lingering destruction and scarcity of food have increased hardship. But the struggle to recover has also inspired agricultural transformation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99648/Lingering-hardship-after-Nigeria-floods
Cameroon and Nigeria take on task of laying down a border
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), Twelve years after an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling demarcated the Cameroon-Nigeria border, the UN and the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria are making headway in physically laying down the border and helping develop the long-marginalized oil-rich Bakassi region. But while many positive lessons can be drawn from the Nigeria-Cameroon demarcation process, when it comes to development, there remains much work to do, say Bakassi residents.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99628/Cameroon-and-Nigeria-take-on-task-of-laying-down-a-border
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
Violence grinds healthcare to a halt in Nigeria's Borno State
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria's Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health professionals and residents told IRIN.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99595/Violence-grinds-healthcare-to-a-halt-in-Nigeria-s-Borno-State
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

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