Governance

New permits offer few gains for resettled Zimbabwean farmers

HARARE, 24 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Newly introduced land permits for resettled smallholder farmers will bring little gain to the thousands of beneficiaries who are struggling to get loans from banks to finance their operations, say farmers’ organizations and analysts. full report

Analysis: Conflict dynamics on Kenya’s coast

MOMBASA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A string of attacks by gunmen on communities in Kenya’s southeastern Coast Province over the past six weeks has left more than 100 people dead, and the real fear of yet more violence to come. full report

Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted. full report

Tackling Liberia’s high rape rate

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Rates of sexual violence in post-war Liberia are still “extremely high” according to a recently published report by UK-based think tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). full report

“No-build zones” confusion delays resettlement of Haiyan survivors

MANILA, 18 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Mixed messages related to “No-Build Zones” in coastal areas of the Philippines, including those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2014 can create a false sense of security, and prevent the rehabilitation of storm-displaced people, officials and experts warn. full report

Burundi’s troubled peace and reconciliation process

BUJUMBURA, 17 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Fifteen years after a peace accord called for its creation, Burundi is finally to set up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission (PRC) to examine crimes committed since 1962. But the controversies and disagreements that have dogged the mechanism since it was first mooted continue to reverberate, casting doubt on its efficacy, with the key concern being whether the commission’s purview will be selective. full report

A deadly Ramadan in Somalia

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI, 15 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Militant group Al-Shabab has lived up to its promise to step up attacks in Somalia, mainly against government installations and personnel, during the holy month of Ramadan, which began on 29 June. Over 30 people have been killed in Mogadishu alone. full report

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

Analysis: Adversity in northern Mali

GAO, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Only just recovering from a brutal Islamist occupation, residents of northern Mali are facing further devastation following recent clashes between separatist rebel forces and government troops. The violence has heightened insecurity, throttled an already difficult aid operation and driven up hunger. full report

TB drug resistance signifies failure

LONDON, 9 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Tuberculosis control programmes are among the oldest public health campaigns (dating back 125 years) but are not nearly as successful as they should be. Despite effective drugs having been available for over 50 years, TB still kills a million people a year, making it the world's single deadliest infectious disease after AIDS. full report

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