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Digital jobs offer skills, promise to Africa's unemployed youth
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Although Africa’s economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, it has not kept pace with the growth of its youth population or their need for jobs.
Pastoralism’s economic contributions are significant but overlooked
16 May 2013 (IRIN ), Pastoralism is often regarded as an antiquated practice ill-suited to the modern economy, yet trade between pastoral communities in Africa - much of it informal and illegal - generates an estimated US$1 billion each year, according to a new book published by the Futures Agriculture Consortium.
Uganda grapples with paediatric vaccine shortages
14 May 2013 (IRIN ), Ugandan children are going unimmunized as the country grapples with persistent and widespread vaccine shortages, the result of insufficient funds and inefficient procurement and supply systems, officials say.
Analysis: Sending the right message on mHealth
8 May 2013 (IRIN ), We’ve read the stories: From bedridden patients sending text messages to their health workers, to young people receiving HIV prevention messages via SMS, the mobile phone seems to have morphed from communications device to essential life-saver. But is the evidence there yet that mHealth is an effective health delivery intervention for the developing world?
Aiming for climate change-resilient coffee in Uganda
3 May 2013 (IRIN ), In Uganda, a new pilot project seeks to understand the threat climate change poses to coffee, which will enable growers to enhance the crop's resilience to extreme weather events.
Uganda pilots mobile courts for refugees
23 April 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda's government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched a pilot mobile court system to improve access to justice for victims of crimes in Nakivale, the country's oldest and largest refugee settlement.
In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness
11 April 2013 (IRIN ), Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure.
Uganda’s midwives struggle to meet demands
8 April 2013 (IRIN ), Despite the significant role midwives play in Uganda’s maternal health programmes, they face numerous challenges, including lack of training, inadequate facilities and poor pay.
Briefing: M23, one year on
3 April 2013 (IRIN ), The M23 rebellion, the latest of a string of armed insurgencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province, has been active for one year now, during which hundreds of thousands have fled their homes and many have lost their lives.
Kony hunt still on after CAR coup
26 March 2013 (IRIN ), The search for the Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the rainforests of the Central African Republic (CAR) will continue despite the ouster of President François Bozizé by rebel group Séléka, officials say.

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