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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

Migrant smugglers profit from Libya's chaos

TRIPOLI, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Most of the 1,750 migrants to have drowned in the Mediterranean this year were sub-Saharan Africans who boarded smugglers’ boats in Libya. We will never know all their individual stories, but it is possible to retrace their steps through the deserts of Sudan, Chad and Niger to Libya’s porous southern borders, and north to its coastal cities and the beaches where the boats were launched. full report

Is Kenya’s security policy the real enemy within?

NAIROBI, 21 April 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Kenyan government has threatened to eject 350,000 Somali refugees and even to build a wall along its entire border with Somalia, but perhaps the real enemies within are poor governance and stalled police reforms full report

Europe must stop exporting its migration fears – or face the consequences

LONDON, 13 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics warns that European Union initiatives to collaborate with African states may fuel irregular migration rather than stem it. 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

Map: Which countries are doing their fair share for Syria?

BEIRUT, 31 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - On Monday Oxfam released a report outlining what each country ought to have given to Syria in 2014 based to the size of their economies. It called this amount their 'fair share' of the $7.7 billion sought for the over three million refugees in neighbouring countries plus millions in need inside the country. 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

Photo Feature: Bulgaria repels asylum seekers at Turkish border

EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten. full report

As Yemen crumbles, civilians brace for the worst

SANA'A, 24 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - As Yemen slides closer to civil war, across the country civilians are preparing. In the southern city of Taiz, thousands have been protesting against the takeover by Houthi rebels while in the capital Sana'a civilians are stocking up on food and water. full report

Syrian aid groups seek greater role

DUBAI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust. full report

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