Governance

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. full report

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report

Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

What you need to know about DRR

NAIROBI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - A new global plan to prepare for future natural and climate-linked disasters agreed in Sendai, Japan today has been condemned by development NGOs as lacking in ambition and short-changing poorer countries that are most at risk. full report

"Let’s finish the job" : UN Ebola envoy

DAKAR, 16 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He spoke to IRIN from New York about ongoing challenges and lessons learned. full report

Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study

NAIROBI, 12 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command. full report

Selective justice fears revived in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, 11 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The sentencing of Côte d'Ivoire’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, could reignite longstanding tensions in the country, where social, ethnic and religious divides have run deep for more than a decade. full report

What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?

NAIROBI, 10 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean? full report

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