Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery. full report

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Ebolanomics - the search for a vaccine

LONDON, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - After years of ignoring the disease, pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine for Ebola, using plenty of public money. Now questions are being raised about ethics and accountability. full report

From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, finally appeared in The Hague today. IRIN looks back at its LRA coverage over the years. full report

After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak. full report

In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups

NAIROBI, 23 January 2015 (IRIN) - UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation? full report

In pictures: Southern Africa floods

NAIROBI, 20 January 2015 (IRIN) - More than a third of Malawi's territory has been affected by flooding, leading to a state of disaster to be declared in many parts of the country. This slideshow offers a glimpse of the devastation. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

Violence, arrests and mistrust ahead of Burundi polls

BUJUMBURA, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - This year's polls are supposed to move Burundi further away from a conflict-blighted past towards stable democracy. But a major battle with unidentified rebels, the arrest of politicians and increasing mistrust between the government and opposition are creating a tense electoral climate. full report

Eyewitness: Malawi’s floods

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - The scale and impact of the current flooding in southern Malawi seems to have caught the authorities by surprise. Some areas were deluged with a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, and forecasts suggest there is more to come. full report

Cows and conflict: South Sudan's “slow motion” livestock crisis

KAMPALA, 15 January 2015 (IRIN) - On top of thousands of human casualties, South Sudan's civil war has had a major impact on the movement and health of vast numbers of livestock, in a way that has sparked fresh violence and threatens the country's social, political and economic fabric. full report

Nigerian lives matter - the Baga controversy

NAIROBI, 15 January 2015 (IRIN) - Two thousand killed or 150? Controversy surrounds the death toll in the northern Nigerian town of Baga following an attack in early January by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. full report