East Africa

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

Women and aid: beyond box-ticking

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping - until now. full report

Burundi crisis gets serious for regional leaders

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - Burundi’s political crisis is centred on a leader who is refusing to leave office after almost 10 years. The man sent in to mediate has been in power for almost 30. Apart from that irony, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s arrival in Bujumbura underlines just how high the stakes are for regional leaders. full report

Fewer aid worker attacks. That’s good, right?

BEIRUT, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - Attacks on aid workers declined last year but were still the second highest on record, new data shows. Are aid organisations getting smarter or more risk averse? full report

Memento Mori

LONDON, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - It is easy to laugh at aid workers, but every year, hundreds are killed, kidnapped or injured doing their jobs. We need to do more to honour them. full report

NGOs alarmed by ‘draconian’ Uganda bill

KAMPALA, 10 July 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised if parliament adopts a bill that regulates NGOs and criminalises non-compliance, aid agencies have warned. full report

For Ugandan children born of war, the struggle continues

KAMPALA, 7 July 2015 (IRIN) - Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

How goes the hunt for Joseph Kony and the LRA?

KAMPALA, 23 June 2015 (IRIN) - US special forces joined the hunt for Joseph Kony and the leaders of his Lord’s Resistance Army almost four years ago. So, what progress has been made, are they any closer to catching him, and what else can be done? full report

Forgive and forget? Amnesty dilemma haunts Uganda

KAMPALA, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Should rebels who turn themselves in be allowed to escape justice for potentially heinous crimes if it might foster peace, or must they be prosecuted even at the risk of discouraging reconciliation? The renewal of Uganda’s amnesty law has reopened old wounds and highlighted this enduring dilemma. full report