Governance

Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, leaving some families unable to afford food. full report

Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia

NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. full report

Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

JALALABAD, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Afghanistan's new policy on internally displaced people grants a whole swathe of rights to those forced from their homes by conflict or disaster but it now needs to implemented. full report

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

Nepal disaster preparedness needs to go local

KATHMANDU, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Mid-summer monsoon rains in Nepal triggered over three dozen floods and landslides,killing over 200 people and displacing tens of thousands. Experts say this highlights preparedness and response challenges and the urgent need for these to be prioritized in development plans and at local government level. full report

Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights

DAR ES SALAAM, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. full report

Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma

NEW YORK, 17 October 2014 (IRIN Global) - Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma. full report

Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

KAMPALA, 16 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts. full report

Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?

FREETOWN, 16 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer. full report

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