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Boko Haram takes aim at Nigeria's elections
25 February 2015 (IRIN ), Three bomb explosions in the space of two days in northern Nigeria signal a resumption of urban terror tactics by Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to demonstrate it is still a force to be reckoned with despite recent military setbacks, according to analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101159/Boko-Haram-takes-aim-at-Nigeria-s-elections
Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief
24 February 2015 (IRIN ), WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101153/Three-words-of-advice-for-WHO-Africa-s-new-chief
A map of hunger in 2015 - where to watch
17 February 2015 (IRIN ), An interactive map of countries that are likely to face major food shortages in 2015.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101135/A-map-of-hunger-in-2015-where-to-watch
Unloved but unyielding: Burkina’s presidential guard could derail transition
13 February 2015 (IRIN ), The potential for widespread civil unrest in Burkina Faso could grow if the country’s Presidential Security Regiment continues to remain a powerful and largely unanswerable force.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101128/Unloved-but-unyielding-Burkina-s-presidential-guard-could-derail-transition
Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again
12 February 2015 (IRIN ), Thousands of children are fighting with government and rebel forces in South Sudan, reversing a painstaking demobilization program and fanning calls for war crimes trials as a better way to protect minors from recruitment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101125/Why-South-Sudan-s-children-are-fighting-again
Drones for good?
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), Most commonly associated with spying and military missions, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – for humanitarian purposes is the subject of both hype and caution, but experts argue they could play an important role in disaster relief as well as having other useful civilian applications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101109/Drones-for-good
Why democracy may have to wait in the Central African Republic
9 February 2015 (IRIN ), Insecurity and a lack resources could derail elections in the Central African Republic, crucial for the return to normality after almost two years of intense conflict. Already delayed once, the parliamentary and presidential polls - now scheduled for July and August - are provoking a debate over what should come first: national security or democratic process.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101111/Why-democracy-may-have-to-wait-in-the-Central-African-Republic
A map of female genital mutilation rates globally
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), Female Genital Mutilation is a surgical procedure performed on the genitals of girls and women in many parts of the world. To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, IRIN has mapped out rates of FGM across Africa and the Middle East.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101100/A-map-of-female-genital-mutilation-rates-globally
Softly, softly: the humanitarian schemes aimed at countering Boko Haram
6 February 2015 (IRIN ), Northeast Nigeria faces the dual challenges of tackling Boko Haram and deeply ingrained poverty. Now the government and some private philanthropists are implementing programmes to counter both, creating economic opportunities and providing humanitarian support as antidotes to the appeal of militancy.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101101/Softly-softly-the-humanitarian-schemes-aimed-at-countering-Boko-Haram
IRIN’s Top Picks: Development dependency, Invisible Children and refugees
5 February 2015 (IRIN ), Our top picks of this week's recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101093/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Development-dependency-Invisible-Children-and-refugees

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