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Central African Republic on brink of collapse -U.N.

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The Central African Republic is on the brink of collapse and the crisis is threatening to spread beyond its borders, senior U.N. officials said on Wednesday as they urged the Security Council to help fund and support an African Union peacekeeping force. The landlocked former French … Continue reading

North Kivu braces for potential UN-armed group clashes

GENEVA, 2 August 2013 (IRIN) – A UN ultimatum for armed groups around Goma, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu Province, to disarm, expired on 1 August and a security zone has been set up around the city. Goma is calm, but civilians, aid agencies and NGOs wait nervously as the … Continue reading

Have International Financial Institutions Improved?

By Franziska Wehinger Has the Performance of International Financial Institutions in Dealing with “Post-Conflict” Societies Improved Since the mid-1990s? Introduction As Jonathan Stevenson points out, “International Financial Institutions’ efficacy cannot make a peace process, but International Financial Institutions’ inefficacy can break one.”[1] Indeed, the engagement of International Financial Institutions (IFIs), namely the International Monetary Fund … Continue reading

Millions of girls in Africa to gain access to family planning – UNFPA

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday.   Over the next three years, the agency will work with the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, … Continue reading

What are the Prospects for the United Nations?

By Joshua Colebourne At times prospects for the United Nations have seemed bleak, but at other times the United Nations has embodied endless opportunity for many people. In this piece of work I will attempt to understand the relationship between international society and the United Nations, the history of the United Nations and its perceived … Continue reading

Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

African governments still underfunding health

NAIROBI, 23 July 2013 (IRIN) – Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at … Continue reading

Counter-terrorism laws can hurt humanitarian action

GENEVA, 22 July 2013 (IRIN) – The growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers, according to a new, independent study. Commissioned by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and … Continue reading

An Examination of Decisions to Intervene in Libya and Syria

Why did the International Community Decide to Intervene in Libya, yet not in Syria? by Paul Stokes “The Middle East is a region where fools rush in, but wise men fear to tread.” – Leon Carl Brown This essay will explain why two countries, Libya and Syria – and two leaders, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Bashar … Continue reading

Failed Humanitarian Intervention in East Timor

Failed Humanitarian Intervention in East Timor: A Bottom-up Hypothesis by Katherine Green The two decades since the end of the Cold War witnessed a new generation of warfare, which in turn gave rise to the parallel evolution of two diametric paradigms—ethnic conflict, and its consequential international response, humanitarian intervention. The hope for peace and prosperity … Continue reading