Governance

Does community-driven aid need a makeover?

NAIROBI, 27 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Community-Driven Development (CDD) instinctively makes sense – give people the power to determine and control their own development projects and you get better results, right? Wrong. This briefing explores why, at least in some post-conflict countries, CDD doesn’t deliver as promised. full report

South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Xenophobia doesn’t exist in isolation. It needs social problems and economic hardship to flourish. After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg that has claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more. full report

Kenya's anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate

NAIROBI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Kenya has begun building a separation barrier along its 700-kilometre border with Somalia. The government says it wants to keep out members of Al-Shabab, whose attacks have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya. But not everyone things it is such a good plan. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid flows, education and North Korea

DUBAI, 10 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of journalism and research about the humanitarian world that piqued our interest. full report

Oil-rich Delta poses first big test for Nigeria's new leader

PORT HARCOURT, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An early test for Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is how his incoming administration will handle the volatile oil revenue-generating Delta, where former militia commanders pledged their support to Goodluck Jonathan, their clansman, who was emphatically beaten in the 28 March presidential election. full report

Pros and cons of Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdowns

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Government-enforced "stay-at-homes" in Sierra Leone might help find hidden Ebola cases, but they also hurt people's livelihoods full report

Nigerians the winners in tense election

KADUNA, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Nigeria's presidential election has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who becomes the first opposition leader ever to unseat an incumbent. Will an election whose result has been accepted by the defeated president, Goodluck Jonathan, help to heal Nigeria's deep divisions? full report

Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions

FREETOWN, 30 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Taxpayers and individual donors contributed some $18 million to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed almost 3,800 people. When public auditors examined how the money had been spent, they found that records for more than half of the money were incomplete or entirely missing. full report

Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases. full report

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