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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}

08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

Nairobi, 8 février 2016 (IRIN) - Depuis quelques semaines, les forces de l’ordre sont sur le qui-vive dans la capitale sénégalaise, Dakar. La police et l’armée, présentes dans les rues, procèdent à des fouilles de voiture et appréhendent les militants islamistes présumés.

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06 Feb 2016 description
report Red Cross EU Office

The views expressed in this paper are the author’s, Dr Moreno-Lax, only and do not necessarily represent the position of the Red Cross EU Office.

1 Introduction: The Access Crisis

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

05 Jan 2016 description

Avoiding past mistakes in the fight against Boko Haram

New DIIS Report on Boko Haram in the Sahel region

It is estimated that Boko Haram has killed more than twenty thousand people since 2009, making it the world’s deadliest terror organisation that threatens to destabilise not only Nigeria, but the entire region of the Sahel.

10 Dec 2015 description


The Crisis Overview 2015: Humanitarian Trends and Risks for 2016, outlines the countries considered to be in greatest humanitarian need as we approach the end of 2015.