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BRIEFING: Can new pact bring peace to the CAR?

GOMA, 15 May 2015 (IRIN) - Can the Central African Republic finally turn the page on decades of instability and conflict? Rebel groups and militias have signed a new peace pact aimed at putting the horrific violence of the past few years behind them. But will it work? full report

Ex-rebels in CAR live in fear and rotting barracks

BANGUI, 1 May 2015 (IRIN) - Ex-Séléka rebels in the Central African Republic are living in a terrible state in overgrown and disused army barracks in the capital Bangui. Too scared to venture out, even when they are sick, the former fighters await an uncertain fate as a special court prepares investigate widespread abuses. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

Hear it from the people: What's wrong in the Central African Republic?

BAORO, 8 April 2015 (IRIN) - The ordinary people of the Central African Republic are finally having their say after years of conflict. Grassroots 'consultations' have been acting as a prelude to a reconciliation forum aimed at forging lasting peace full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

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

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