Table of contents


  1. HEALTH: Fears over climate change impact on neglected tropical diseases
  2. SLIDESHOW: Youth unemployment - a threat to Sierra Leone's security?
  3. BURKINA FASO-NIGER: Aid agencies tighten security
  4. COTE D'IVOIRE: Cocoa farmers welcome state-imposed prices
  5. NIGERIA: Floodwaters recede but millions remain displaced
  6. GUINEA-BISSAU: Fear amid human rights abuses


HEALTH: Fears over climate change impact on neglected tropical diseases
LONDON، 5/11/2012 (IRIN) - A high-profile donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation threw a spotlight on neglected tropical diseases (NTD) earlier this year, but many fear progress toward eliminating some of these diseases could be scuppered by climate change. full report
SLIDESHOW: Youth unemployment - a threat to Sierra Leone's security?
FREETOWN، 5/11/2012 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone has come a long way since the brutal 1991-2002 civil war, which left thousands dead, countless numbers displaced, and the country's economy and institutions in tatters. Youth unemployment was a major cause of the conflict, so it is worrying that despite significant economic growth at a macro-level and large-scale foreign investment, up to 70 percent of youths are underemployed or unemployed, according to the World Bank. full report
BURKINA FASO-NIGER: Aid agencies tighten security
OUAGADOUGOU/DAKAR، 6/11/2012 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have stepped up security measures in Burkina Faso and Niger as the threat of kidnappings by Islamist groups mounts. full report
COTE D'IVOIRE: Cocoa farmers welcome state-imposed prices
ABIDJAN/ABENGOUROU، 7/11/2012 (IRIN) - Cocoa farmers in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's largest producer, began the 2012-2013 season in October with a minimum price guaranteed by the state. This measure, part of the government’s sector-wide reforms, should stem corruption and make farmers less prone to the vagaries of international cocoa prices, giving them more financial stability so they can invest in their cocoa plantations. full report
NIGERIA: Floodwaters recede but millions remain displaced
BAYELSA/WARRI/DAKAR، 9/11/2012 (IRIN) - Efforts to repair infrastructure and restore livelihoods destroyed by Nigeria’s recent flooding - the worst in five decades - require urgent funding and will take six months or longer, say aid agencies. full report
GUINEA-BISSAU: Fear amid human rights abuses
BISSAU، 9/11/2012 (IRIN) - A 21 October attack in Guinea-Bissau - when soldiers stormed barracks near Bissau's main airport, targeting military figures and leaving six people dead - has provoked more fear than the numerous coups and counter-coups of recent years. full report