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Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment

MAROUA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group Boko Haram are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

NEW YORK, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. full report

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

COLOMBO, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war. full report

Acting locally - the South's rising philanthropy

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Forget Gates. Move over Oprah. Emerging economies too have their own home-grown titans of philanthropy, providing a potentially better attuned and more sustainable income source for local humanitarian and development needs. full report

Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*

DUBAI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus. full report

Priced out of food in the CAR

BANGUI, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access to basic foodstuffs, say retailers and local people. full report

Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”

BAGAN, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. full report

Analysis: Scaling up accountability to communities

DAKAR, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - SMS feedback in Haiti; radio outreach in the Philippines; community helpdesks in Darfur; a Humanitarian Call Centre in Pakistan: many such initiatives boost communication with disaster-affected communities, and in some cases improve accountability to communities, but most remain at pilot project scale because they are difficult to scale up. Evidence of the benefits remains piecemeal and in some cases projects risk being tokenistic rather than meaningful, said participants at a meeting of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Practice (ALNAP) in Addis Ababa last month. full report

A mother’s death costs the family dear - Kenyan study

KISUMU, 10 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While the death of a mother during childbirth has obvious emotional and personal implications, a new study in Kenya that quantifies the precise economic burden on households has found that it can be debilitating for a family and push them into poverty. full report