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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
Crop-eating pests plague southern African farmers
7 February 2014 (IRIN ), The rainy season, always welcome in often dry southern Africa, has brought with it favourable breeding conditions for army worms and red locusts. The crop-eating pests are contributing to the woes of subsistence farmers already struggling to recover from setbacks in the last farming cycle.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99607/Crop-eating-pests-plague-southern-African-farmers
Zimbabwe’s misery diamonds
7 February 2014 (IRIN ), The loss of land and a gender hierarchy, among other factors, are forcing some young girls – with parental consent – to forsake school and turn to sex work on diamond mines in the Marange region of eastern Zimbabwe.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99609/Zimbabwe-s-misery-diamonds
Aid and evacuations under threat in CAR
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Dewa Iliassa, a young Muslim, lives on a street in Bozoum, a town in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR), with only a small pile of his belongings. He says he is too scared to move more than about 200m in any direction.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99592/Aid-and-evacuations-under-threat-in-CAR
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
FILM: South Sudan - Shattered Dreams
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), On 15 December, 2013, simmering tensions within the army and ruling party of newly-independent South Sudan came to a head in a blaze of gunfire in the capital, Juba.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99597/FILM-South-Sudan-Shattered-Dreams
Briefing: Can federalism work in Somalia?
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), In the wake of more than two decades of civil war and state collapse, Somalis disagree about whether federalism is a recipe for sustainable peace - and even whether such a system is practicable.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99600/Briefing-Can-federalism-work-in-Somalia
Patchy progress on NGO accountability in Sierra Leone
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since the late 1990s, as the aid sector has matured, agencies around the world have grappled with the challenge of becoming more accountable to their intended beneficiaries. IRIN spoke with aid watchdogs and NGO staff to assess the fruitfulness of these efforts in Sierra Leone, where a weak government has left NGOs with a central role.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99585/Patchy-progress-on-NGO-accountability-in-Sierra-Leone
Thousands flee “scorched earth” campaign in DRC’s Katanga
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Where children once played with beads and bicycle wheels, now stand only the shells of their homes: blackened wooden beams, cooking pots melted by fire, and mud blocks from the tumbled walls softening in the rain.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99589/Thousands-flee-scorched-earth-campaign-in-DRC-s-Katanga
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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