Great Lakes

Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery. 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

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

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI, 22 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

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

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

CAR data - a crisis in numbers

BANGUI, 12 January 2015 (IRIN) - Over the last year, violence has continued across the Central African Republic (CAR) despite multiple cessations of hostilities agreements and attempts to end the conflict. IRIN looks at the impact of the internal conflict in numbers. full report

IRIN's Top Picks – Ebola, CAR and sustainable development

DUBAI, 8 January 2015 (IRIN) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Striving for peace in CAR

BANGUI, 7 January 2015 (IRIN) - Civil society and religious organisations in the Central African Republic are working to rebuild trust and harmony in a country fraught with ethnic and religious animosity since the overthrow of President François Bozizé in March 2013. full report

Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. full report