Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Dealing with loss and damage
  2. COTE D'IVOIRE: Marital equality law sparks controversy
  3. CLIMATE CHANGE: Agriculture takes a backseat again
  4. Lorpu Kah – Single mum, Liberia
  5. John Tamba – Teacher, Liberia
  6. Chaka Dagnoko – Mechanic, Mali
  7. Tembely Coulibaly – Restaurateur, Mali
  8. SLIDESHOW: Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods in Sierra Leone
  9. SIERRA LEONE: Diamonds lure children out of school
  10. IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
  11. LIBERIA: Call for tougher drug laws
  12. DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll


CLIMATE CHANGE: Dealing with loss and damage
DOHA، 3/12/2012 (IRIN) - In a formal letter to Qatar - host of the 18th conference of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a coalition of 40 NGOs, backed by academics, has called for urgent action on loss and damage caused by climate change. The NGOs have drawn up a framework to help country negotiators address the contentious issue. full report
COTE D'IVOIRE: Marital equality law sparks controversy
ABIDJAN، 4/12/2012 (IRIN) - The adoption by Côte d'Ivoire’s parliament of a law on equality between legally married couples has sparked anger, especially among religious people. For them, this law will create more problems in the home than it will solve. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: Agriculture takes a backseat again
DOHA، 5/12/2012 (IRIN) - Discussions about much-needed support for agriculture - which is seen both as a victim and a cause of climate change - at the UN’s climate change conference in Doha have been postponed until next year. full report
Lorpu Kah – Single mum, Liberia
MONROVIA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Lorpu Kah is a single mother to three sons living in Harper, Maryland County, a suburb of the capital Monrovia. full report
John Tamba – Teacher, Liberia
MONROVIA، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - John Tamba teaches mathematics at an elementary school in Paynesville, a Monrovia suburb. He supports four children and his wife with his salary and they live in a small two-room house. full report
Chaka Dagnoko – Mechanic, Mali
BAMAKO، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Chaka Dagnoko is a mechanic living in Yirimadjo in Commune Six of the Malian capital, Bamako. full report
Tembely Coulibaly – Restaurateur, Mali
BAMAKO، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Mama Tembely Coulibaly is a restaurant-owner in Sabali Bougou in Mali’s capital, Bamako. full report
SLIDESHOW: Illegal fishing hits fish stocks, livelihoods in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Fishing communities in Sierra Leone have been hit hard by illegal and unregulated fishing off the West African coast. Unsustainable local fishing practices and the activities of foreign trawlers engaged in so-called “pirate fishing” have led to a significant decline in fish stocks in Sierra Leone, environmental groups and local officials say. full report
SIERRA LEONE: Diamonds lure children out of school
KOIDU، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone’s diamonds fuelled the 1991-2002 civil war, and are now boosting economic growth, but at the same time they are keeping thousands of children out of school. full report
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
NAIROBI، 6/12/2012 (IRIN) - The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries. full report
LIBERIA: Call for tougher drug laws
MONROVIA، 7/12/2012 (IRIN) - Liberia's Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been trying to crack down on local drug dealers since the civil war ended but there are significant challenges due to weak laws and logistical problems. full report
DISASTERS: Slow-onset disasters take toll
DHAKA/BANGKOK، 7/12/2012 (IRIN) - In southwestern Bangladesh, recent large-scale water-logging - stagnant flood water that fails to recede - threatens agriculture and public health for years to come. It is a crisis in the making, highlighting the risks slow-onset natural disasters pose to poor countries, and how ill-prepared officials are to respond - even with ample early warning. full report