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Poverty amid mining riches in Katanga
27 February 2014 (IRIN ), Katanga, a province the size of Spain, holds many of DRC’s reserves of copper, cobalt and other valuable minerals. Scores of trucks thunder daily along its few paved roads laden with metals bound for export and shipping through Durban and other distant ports. However, few of the many millions of dollars in taxes paid by mining companies to DRC authorities are invested in Katanga’s economic or social development, leaving swathes of the population mired in poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99716/Poverty-amid-mining-riches-in-Katanga
Greater efforts needed to curb sexual violence in Mogadishu
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), ia. A Mogadishu-based NGO working to protect women and children, Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), has recorded more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence in Mogadishu since it was set up in July 2012.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99702/Greater-efforts-needed-to-curb-sexual-violence-in-Mogadishu
All weather is local - getting the forecasting right for farmers
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be without sufficient food until the end of March. But had they had access to high-quality rain forecasts for their areas, communities could have better prepared for the period between harvests, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99705/All-weather-is-local-getting-the-forecasting-right-for-farmers
Call for shake-up in Africa nutrition research
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in reducing child hunger, and nutrition experts believe there may be lessons here for other countries in Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99696/Call-for-shake-up-in-Africa-nutrition-research
Pastoralist aspirations versus policy in the Horn of Africa
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people’s needs. Recent research shows these changes go beyond climate and environment to encompass social and economic factors. The findings have important policy implications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99698/Pastoralist-aspirations-versus-policy-in-the-Horn-of-Africa
Long road to an African rapid reaction force
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), The African Union (AU) is rethinking how it can most effectively deploy military forces to tackle the continent’s crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99683/Long-road-to-an-African-rapid-reaction-force
Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. “The emergence of resistance… threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to this drug if its efficacy decreases further and the resistance spreads outside the region,” wrote the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is providing some US$150 million for malaria prevention and elimination programmes in the Greater Mekong sub-region within the next two years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99673/Stepping-up-the-fight-against-drug-resistant-malaria-in-SE-Asia
Meningitis vaccine out of the cold
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear benefits, enabling wider reach, more efficient administration and potential cost reduction, researchers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99678/Meningitis-vaccine-out-of-the-cold
Brute force fails to break Boko Haram
19 February 2014 (IRIN ), Hoping to snuff out Boko Haram, Nigerian forces launched a crackdown in May 2013, swooping into towns, rounding up hundreds of youths and strafing suspected hideouts of the militia, who, despite being pushed back, continue to torment civilians and target security forces.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99672/Brute-force-fails-to-break-Boko-Haram
Mali's Kidal still waits for resolution
17 February 2014 (IRIN ), Despite international efforts to restore peace in Mali, the northern region of Kidal remains an MNLA stronghold. While the rest of Mali slowly recovers from the rebel takeover and Islamist occupation, officials worry the distrust and enmity lingering in Kidal could destabilize the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99649/Mali-s-Kidal-still-waits-for-resolution

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