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South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths
21 April 2015 (IRIN ), Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101384/South-Africa-s-xenophobia-problem-dispelling-the-myths
IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs
17 April 2015 (IRIN ), This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101374/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-White-elephants-corruption-and-IEDs
Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate
17 April 2015 (IRIN ), Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101377/Kenya-s-anti-terror-border-wall-sparks-heated-debate
IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid flows, education and North Korea
10 April 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of journalism and research about the humanitarian world that piqued our interest.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101348/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Aid-flows-education-and-North-Korea
Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader
9 April 2015 (IRIN ), An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia commanders pledged their support to Goodluck Jonathan, their clansman, who was emphatically beaten in the 28 March presidential election.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101342/Oil-rich-Delta-poses-first-big-test-for-Nigeria-s-new-leader
Pros and cons of Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdowns
9 April 2015 (IRIN ), Government-enforced "stay-at-homes" in Sierra Leone might help find hidden Ebola cases, but they also hurt people's livelihoods
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101346/Pros-and-cons-of-Sierra-Leone-s-Ebola-lockdowns
Nigerians the winners in tense election
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), Nigeria's presidential election has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who becomes the first opposition leader ever to unseat an incumbent. Will an election whose result has been accepted by the defeated president, Goodluck Jonathan, help to heal Nigeria's deep divisions?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101306/Nigerians-the-winners-in-tense-election
Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions
30 March 2015 (IRIN ), Taxpayers and individual donors contributed some $18 million to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed almost 3,800 people. When public auditors examined how the money had been spent, they found that records for more than half of the money were incomplete or entirely missing.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101293/Sierra-Leone-s-missing-Ebola-millions
Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101289/Nigeria-s-election-anything-fit-happen
Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101279/Millions-of-aid-dollars-lost-in-currency-swings
Taking the long run in Palestine
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101280/Taking-the-long-run-in-Palestine
Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat
25 March 2015 (IRIN ), Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101276/Zimbabwe-on-alert-over-cholera-threat
Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term
20 March 2015 (IRIN ), Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101260/Ebola-and-HIV-how-to-change-behaviour-for-the-long-term
What you need to know about DRR
18 March 2015 (IRIN ), A new global plan to prepare for future natural and climate-linked disasters agreed in Sendai, Japan today has been condemned by development NGOs as lacking in ambition and short-changing poorer countries that are most at risk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101252/What-you-need-to-know-about-DRR
"Let’s finish the job" : UN Ebola envoy
16 March 2015 (IRIN ), At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He spoke to IRIN from New York about ongoing challenges and lessons learned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101234/Let-s-finish-the-job-UN-Ebola-envoy
Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study
12 March 2015 (IRIN ), The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101224/Nigerian-police-neglect-widows-of-cops-slain-by-Boko-Haram-study
Selective justice fears revived in Côte d'Ivoire
11 March 2015 (IRIN ), The sentencing of Côte d'Ivoire’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, could reignite longstanding tensions in the country, where social, ethnic and religious divides have run deep for more than a decade.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101220/Selective-justice-fears-revived-in-Côte-d-Ivoire
What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?
10 March 2015 (IRIN ), Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101215/What-does-the-Boko-Haram-IS-alliance-mean
Hungary reacts to migrant influx
9 March 2015 (IRIN ), Soaring numbers of migrants and asylum seekers are using Hungary’s border with Serbia as a gateway into the European Union, sparking a backlash from senior Hungarian government officials who said they would crack down on the influx.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101212/Hungary-reacts-to-migrant-influx
What dissident’s jailbreak means for a tense Burundi
9 March 2015 (IRIN ), The escape from jail this month of Burundian politician Hussein Radjabu, which was well organised with outside assistance, adds to the uncertainty and tension in the run-up to a presidential election.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101208/What-dissident-s-jailbreak-means-for-a-tense-Burundi

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