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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
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
Displaced by Boko Haram, Nigerians risk invisibility in Niger
30 January 2014 (IRIN ), Up to 37,000 people - both Nigerians and Nigeriens - have fled Boko Haram violence in northeastern Nigeria since early 2012, and most are sheltering with families in neighbouring Niger, but the aid response thus far has been patchy. Government efforts to register the displaced have been slow, and the refugees among them have yet to be given refugee status.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99558/Displaced-by-Boko-Haram-Nigerians-risk-invisibility-in-Niger
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
Cameroon takes steps against Boko Haram
27 December 2013 (IRIN ), The authorities in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, have set up tighter border controls in the Far North region to guard against infiltration by jihadist Boko Haram fighters from neighbouring Nigeria as civilians flee insurgent attacks and a Nigerian military offensive, seeking safety across the border in Cameroon. A rapid response military unit has also been deployed and beefed up in the northern regions and some tourist hotels now have armed guards.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99396/Cameroon-takes-steps-against-Boko-Haram
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
Sectarian violence goes unaddressed in Nigeria
13 December 2013 (IRIN ), The deaths of more than 3,000 victims of sectarian violence in central Nigeria since 2010 have largely been ignored by the government, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on 12 December, Turning a Blind Eye to Mass Killings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99328/Sectarian-violence-goes-unaddressed-in-Nigeria
Civilian vigilante groups increase dangers in northeastern Nigeria
12 December 2013 (IRIN ), Members of civilian vigilante groups known as the “civilian joint task force” (CJTF) are taking an increasingly active role in the government’s fight against Boko Haram (BH). But while some residents call them heroes, others fear they are inciting BH to more directly target civilians, that they are committing abuses themselves and that they are eroding the already strained rule of law in Nigeria’s northeast.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99320/Civilian-vigilante-groups-increase-dangers-in-northeastern-Nigeria
Updated timeline of Boko Haram attacks and related violence
12 December 2013 (IRIN ), Despite a fierce crackdown on insurgent group Boko Haram by Nigerian security forces, violence in northeastern Nigeria has not abated. Over 100 people have been killed in attacks in recent weeks, and some fear the violence will only worsen as the 2015 elections approach. Thousands of troops have been fighting Boko Haram in the north since President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in May 2013. Rights groups have accused all involved - Boko Haram, the government’s Joint Task Force and civilian vigilante groups - of carrying out human rights abuses, putting civilians at risk of violence from all sides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99319/Updated-timeline-of-Boko-Haram-attacks-and-related-violence
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
Bats dangle anti-malaria clues
26 November 2013 (IRIN ), Researchers are broadening studies on recent findings that a vast range of parasites, including plasmodium, are carried by bats inhabiting West African forests, with the mammals’ pathogenic tolerance seen as opening new potential for a malaria vaccine.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99205/Bats-dangle-anti-malaria-clues

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