Urban Risk

Cape Town poor tap into new food markets

CAPE TOWN, 27 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - It is a Saturday in Cape Town. In many parts of South Africa’s second largest metropolitan area people mill about, inspecting baby cabbages and shitake mushrooms at one of a dozen or so relatively new farmers’ markets trading in organic or “natural” and - perhaps equally important to these consumers - local produce. full report

Stemming Zimbabwe’s urban influx

HARARE, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A government-approved programme to give micro-loans and training to young people in rural areas is helping to stem the influx of migrants to Zimbabwe’s urban centres full report

Kenyan police operation strands 300 children

NAIROBI, 20 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported to be held in a Nairobi stadium used as a temporary detention facility, without a parent or guardian. full report

CAR refugees seek city life in Cameroon

BERTOUA, 19 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Frustrated by their living conditions, refugees and other migrants are streaming into towns in eastern Cameroon in search of jobs and a fresh start. But there are concerns in the region about the impact of the new arrivals in urban areas and emerging tensions between the newcomers and existing town-dwellers. full report

Unusual suspects – women and gangs in South Africa*

HANOVER PARK, CAPE TOWN, 11 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Gangsterism has a long tradition in South Africa’s Cape Flats. But the popular image of swaggering, macho young men is incomplete: women have always had a role, albeit overlooked, in that history. full report

Climate adaptation at village level

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - While some of the world’s poorest countries are still waiting for funds to help them adapt to climate change, others are implementing sophisticated plans without any funding, it emerged at the ongoing Eighth Community-based Adaptation International Conference in Kathmandu (24-30 April), which is focusing on finance. full report

Climate adaptation advice for cities in global South

JOHANNESBURG, 28 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. full report

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

NEW YORK, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. full report

Pakistan slum clearances politically motivated?

ISLAMABAD, 7 April 2014 (IRIN Asia) - This month, the Pakistani government is planning to move or raze eighteen illegal settlements that are home to more than 80,000 people - many of whom are internally displaced or Afghan refugees and migrants. Residents of the slums say they are being blamed for the government's inability to provide adequate security for the country's civilian population. full report

Calls for a ceasefire in the war on drugs

NEW YORK, 28 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Despite growing acknowledgement that the war on drugs has failed, global consensus on the way forward remains elusive. Nevertheless, some detect a “paradigm shift” among many players at the forefront of the debate. full report

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