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Death sentence and detentions raise profile of rape in Somalia
24 January 2013 (IRIN ), The recent execution in Somalia of a soldier convicted of rape and the detention of a journalist investigating sexual assault have given the traditionally taboo issue of gender-based violence an usual degree of prominence.
Reprieve for urban refugees in Kenya, but fear persists
24 January 2013 (IRIN ), Urban refugees in Kenya, threated with relocation to overcrowded refugee camps, are breathing a sigh of relief following a High Court ruling that has provisionally halted the move.
In Brief: Staples, not export crops, key to tackling Africa’s poverty – report
18 January 2013 (IRIN ), Africa could reduce its poverty levels faster by focusing more on the production of staples rather than export crops, according to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).

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