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AID POLICY: Communication technologies transform relief and development
18 December 2012 (IRIN ), Since Africa's first mobile phone network went live in 1994, mobile phone penetration has shot up to 65 percent; access to the internet is also increasing rapidly. Today, information and communications technology (ICT) plays a central role in promoting development and humanitarian assistance.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97070/AID-POLICY-Communication-technologies-transform-relief-and-development
SOMALIA: Potential goldmine for fishermen as piracy declines
14 December 2012 (IRIN ), Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia’s coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. Yet efforts are underway to help Somalis make better use of their 3,300km coastline.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97049/SOMALIA-Potential-goldmine-for-fishermen-as-piracy-declines
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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96984/IDPs-African-IDP-Convention-comes-into-force
SOMALIA: Illegal migration on the rise in Somaliland
3 December 2012 (IRIN ), More youths from the self-declared republic of Somaliland are illegally migrating from the region, mainly due to a lack of jobs, traveling through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya on their way to Europe, say officials.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96948/SOMALIA-Illegal-migration-on-the-rise-in-Somaliland
SOMALIA: Cash transfers for social protection
20 November 2012 (IRIN ), Expanding the use of cash transfer programmes could encourage sustainable development and reduce dependency on emergency support in fragile states such as Somalia, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96828/SOMALIA-Cash-transfers-for-social-protection
ETHIOPIA-SOMALIA: The cost of being a good neighbour
12 November 2012 (IRIN ), Ethiopians would like to continue to be good Samaritans to the hundreds of thousands seeking refuge from drought and conflict in neighbouring Somalia, but massive camps in fragile environments have sparked concern among both the government and the people sharing space with the refugees.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96754/ETHIOPIA-SOMALIA-The-cost-of-being-a-good-neighbour
In Brief: Thousands at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo
9 November 2012 (IRIN ), An estimated 135,000 children are at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96744/In-Brief-Thousands-at-risk-of-polio-in-Somalia-s-port-city-of-Kismayo
SOMALIA: A snapshot of humanitarian challenges
7 November 2012 (IRIN ), After two decades of civil war, Somalia is finally seeing hope for lasting peace. After the August departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, thousands of people have returned to the capital, Mogadishu, looking to rebuild their lives, and in September, the election of a new president was widely viewed as the start of a new era for the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96729/SOMALIA-A-snapshot-of-humanitarian-challenges
SOMALIA: Floods cause displacement in Somaliland*
2 November 2012 (IRIN ), Heavy rains have displaced many residents in the mid-eastern regions of the self-declared republic of Somaliland.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96691/SOMALIA-Floods-cause-displacement-in-Somaliland
SOMALIA: Mogadishu IDPs suffer extortion, eviction
1 November 2012 (IRIN ), Already struggling to access sporadic humanitarian assistance, internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Somali capital Mogadishu are also facing eviction by returning landowners and unscrupulous camp "gatekeepers" who siphon away what little aid is received, a new report says.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96686/SOMALIA-Mogadishu-IDPs-suffer-extortion-eviction

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