Development deficit feeds Boko Haram in northern Cameroon

7 September Mbom Sixtus (IRIN), One of the main reasons Boko Haram has been able to gain a foothold and recruit thousands of young people in the Far North Region of Cameroon is its relative lack of development and employment opportunities. Since Boko Haram began to launch attacks in northern Cameroon in 2014, more than 2,000 people have been killed and at least 155,000 forced to flee their homes. Continue reading

Regional Consultation of West African CSOs on from LDCs

22 June, Dakar, Senegal: The regional consultation of West African LDCs on graduation from LDC Criteria in reference to the IPoA and the Agenda 2030 took place in Dakar, Senegal on 21 and 22nd June 2017. It was attended by representatives from CSOs and progressive experts of West African Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The meeting, jointly organized by LDC Watch and ARCADE concentrated on four thematic areas, vital for West African LDCs: Poverty, Conflict and Development , Climate Change and Adaptation: Agriculture , Food Security and Food Sovereignty and Trade, Technology Transfer and International Cooperation. Continue reading

Women Clearing Bombs in Cambodia

Apr 24 2017 Erik Larson (IPS): Mao Neav takes a few quick steps out into the field, followed by her faithful dog Onada, tail wagging, tongue out and panting, ready for what is out there. The field is peppered with cluster bombs. Mao Neav is the leader of a small group of bomb and mine clearers working in the Ratanakiri province of north-east Cambodia. Continue reading

How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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The Rohingya – – Burma’s fault-line?

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Sierra Leone marks a year free of ebola with a minute’s silence

sierra-leone-ebola-freeIngrid Gercaman, IRIN,  8 Nov 2016 It was an unusual day in Freetown, a West African city that loves to be loud. For three long minutes yesterday, it was eerily quiet.  The reason was that a year ago, on 7 November, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free. The virus had killed 3,580 people and terrorised the nation for 18 months. The three-minute silence was organised by the government to remember those who lost their lives. Continue reading

Guinée: Après le long épisode Ebola, l’heure est à la prévention

Guinea ebola8 juin, RFI: La Guinée se frotte les mains une nouvelle fois et célèbre la fin de la résurgence de l’épidémie à virus Ebola sur son sol. Deux ans durant, cette terrible épidémie avait fait des ravages avec plus de 25 000 morts rien qu’en Guinée et plus de 11 000 dans la sous-région, essentiellement en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra-Léone. Continue reading

Nepal’s Earthquakes: One Year Later

Nepalese earthquakeTom Murphy, Humanosphere, 8 June 2016: Recovery is still under way in Nepal one year after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,700 people and destroyed 750,000 homes. Yet, problems persist as rubble remains and people continue to live in temporary shelters. It is an all-too common situation after a major disaster, and aid groups working in Nepal are concerned by the lack of international support and slow action by the Nepalese government that leaves people vulnerable. Continue reading

Gambia: Opposition activist Solo Sandeng dies in detention, after protests

Gambia protests20 April 2016: Solo Sandeng, an opposition activist in The Gambia has died in detention, following his arrest during street protests, and there are calls for an enquiry into his death. Another activist Fatoumata Jawara, who was detained with Mr Sandeng during protests on Thursday, is believed to have serious injuries. Several senior opposition leaders were arrested on Saturday after demanding answers from the authorities.There has been no comment yet from the Gambian government. Continue reading