Governance

Briefing: The new Jihadist strategy in the Sahel

NAIROBI, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Security has been intense over the last few weeks in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with police and soldiers on the streets, vehicle searches, and round-ups of alleged Islamist militants. full report

Burundi - nobody to the rescue?

NAIROBI, 29 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - It’s almost a given that African leaders meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will not override Burundi’s objections and endorse the deployment of a 5,000-strong intervention force to help end the violence in the troubled country. full report

Oil crash exposes Angola’s era of excess

NAIROBI, 26 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash. full report

The refugee camp that became a city

DADAAB, 20 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - When Halima Abdi fled the civil war in Somalia with her young daughter, she hoped her stay across the border in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp would be short-lived. full report

UN aid panel calls for ‘grand bargain’ on finance

DUBAI, 18 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - After seven months of research and deliberation, the UN secretary-general’s high-level panel has finally delivered its proposals for reforming humanitarian financing. The ideas are not startlingly new, but, four months ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, is this now a framework that might actually be adopted and help close the gap between soaring needs and dwindling resources? full report

Can the UN patch things up in Congo?

KINSHASA, 15 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - A year ago, the Congolese army and MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were supposed to launch joint operations to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels. Everything was planned down to the last detail, before a major difference of opinion stopped the effort in its tracks. full report

How a city in Tanzania holds the key to peace in Burundi*

NAIROBI, 13 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - At some stage, both sides in Burundi’s increasingly bloody political crisis are likely to be sitting across the table from one another in Arusha, Tanzania, looking to agree a political settlement. full report

Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis

KAMPALA, 11 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge. full report

Congo’s forgotten war: The militia of Mambasa

MAMBASA, 8 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - In spite of the death more than a year ago of key commander Paul Sadala, known as “Morgan”, his Simba militia continue to wreak havoc in Mambasa, a vast territory of more than 35,000 square kilometres in Ituri Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. full report

New Year, same old problems for Zimbabwe

HARARE, 7 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Over the next three months, 1.5 million Zimbabweans will be short of food until the new harvest comes in – and even then it’s expected to be a meagre crop. full report

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