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Working to keep the peace: The impact of job schemes on ex-rebels

NAIROBI, 27 February 2015 (IRIN) - Job-creation schemes are the traditional way to tackle the post-conflict problem of unemployed ex-fighters and to reduce the threat they can pose to peace and stability in fragile states. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 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. full report

A map of hunger in 2015 - where to watch

LONDON, 17 February 2015 (IRIN) - An interactive map of countries that are likely to face major food shortages in 2015. full report

Life after combat in CAR

BANGUI, 17 February 2015 (IRIN) - Helping thousands of fighters in the Central African Republic return to civilian life presents a dilemma for aid workers: offer too many incentives and risk rewarding violence; offer too few and potentially fail to stem it full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Why democracy may have to wait in the Central African Republic

BANGUI, 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. full report

What's behind the kidnappings in CAR?

BANGUI, 3 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent weeks more than 20 people have been kidnapped in the Central African Republic, including a priest, an aid worker and even a government minister. While most were quickly released, the incidents have led to fears they are part of a plot to derail national peace talks. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Gates Foundation, Afghanistan and the Holocaust

DUBAI, 29 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. 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

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

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