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27 May 2016 description
report Fund for Peace

Violence has been increasing in the Niger Delta over the last several years. According to data formatted and integrated onto the Peace Map, in Quarter 1 of 2016, the number of fatalities reached the highest point since the end of the militancy, in late 2009.

20 May 2016 description
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The Lake Chad Basin is today’s Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis with approximately 2.6 million people displaced as a result of Boko Haram related violence. The region is also experiencing acute humanitarian challenges with approximately 9.2 million people in need of urgent assistance.

19 May 2016 description

By Antonio Donini and Giulia Scalettaris

The Sahel rarely makes headlines. Until the early 2000s, it was on the margins of geopolitical interest and of humanitarian action and debate. Today, the Sahel is on center stage because a complex crisis, that has potential ramification far beyond the region, is brewing there. The impending crisis is due to a set of interconnected factors including:

  • the emergence of conflicts, strong non-state armed and non-armed actors, transnational criminal networks, and a counterterrorism agenda

10 May 2016 description
report World Bank

Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach, Says New Report

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

20 Apr 2016 description

Paul Melly, Ben Shepherd , 19 April 2016

Chad and Niger are among the world’s least developed countries – and deprivation and institutional weakness are potential drivers of instability. So it is important that external partners do not allow security imperatives to obscure the long-term necessity of a sustained focus on poverty reduction and good governance.

19 Apr 2016 description


Introduction: In 2015, a large outbreak of serogroup C meningococcal meningitis hit Niamey, Niger, in response to which a vaccination campaign was conducted late April. Using a case-control study we measured the vaccine effectiveness (VE) of tri – (ACW) and quadrivalent (ACYW) polysaccharide meningococcal vaccines against clinical meningitis among 2-15 year olds in Niamey II district between April 28th and June 30th 2015.

21 Mar 2016 description
report CARE

The Question

The 2015 Engaging Men and Boys Learning Initiative explored the experiences of men involved in the struggle for gender equality. How did they first get involved? What sustains men and boys’ engagement in this work? How can men better support women and women’s organizations in the fight for gender equality? And how can organizations like CARE support them?

The Process

17 Mar 2016 description
report A World at School

Urgent action needed for 80m children whose education has been hit by emergencies

The number of children whose education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters has increased to 80 million.

The shocking statistic for 2015 is revealed in an education in emergencies "scorecard" published today by A World at School, which calls for urgent action from world leaders.

There have been a record number of children affected by crises - including attacks on education, wars, natural disasters and health alerts such as Ebola.

17 Mar 2016 description
report Clingendael

The full-blown crisis that hit Mali in 2012 illustrated the failure of local mechanisms and international programmes that were supposed to tackle the security and development problems in the north of the Sahel region. Huge amounts of foreign assistance have been provided, but with no guarantee of ensuring future stability.

16 Mar 2016 description


There is little doubt that cash transfers are amongst the most rigorously-evaluated interventions in development.

15 Mar 2016 description

This month's issue covers the situations in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Libya.

04 Mar 2016 description
report Peace Direct

Bouyo Séverin

March 4 2016: Large numbers of people in the Western Logone region of Chad practise transhumance – moving semi-nomadically through designated areas of land. But they are increasingly coming into conflict with farmers who wish to use the same space. The situation needs careful management, writes Bouyo Séverin.

The agro-pastoralist conflict between farmers and cattle herders in Chad is not a new one. But it is a key local conflict issue, and not a single region in Chad has been spared.

19 Feb 2016 description
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More border officies could even undermine security in the Sahel, this new policy brief argues

Eric Hahonou

In Niger, building more border offices has proven insufficient to tackle the spread of smuggling, drug trade and circulation of jihadists in the Sahel. Instead, everyday petty corruption makes border control ineffective and, while apparently benign, this has severe consequences in contexts of volatile security.

18 Feb 2016 description
report European Union

Executive summary

Legal travel channels to the EU available for most West Africans are quite narrow. Some AFIC countries have visa rejection rates close to 50%. This high rate indicates that irregular migratory movements from the AFIC region to the EU are largely perceived as economic migration by consular authorities in the EU.

17 Feb 2016 description


David Zounmenou et Cheikh Dieng


16 Feb 2016 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 25 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, Lake Chad Basin, Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Libya.

Syria {p. 2}
Iraq {p. 4}
Yemen {p. 5}
Sudan {p. 7}
Burma/Myanmar {p. 8}
Lake Chad Basin {p. 11}
Burundi {p. 12}
CAR {p. 14}
South Sudan {p. 16}
DR Congo {p. 17}
Libya {p. 19}