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Libya: Getting Geneva Right

Since mid-2014, fighting has spread and intensified. Aerial bombardment and attacks on civilian infrastructure have increased; at least 1,000 Libyans have died (some estimates are as high as 2,500), many of them non-combatants; and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees have increased from 100,000 to 400,000.

Libya’s deteriorating internal conflict may be nearing a dramatic turning point. Over six months of fighting between two parliaments, their respective governments and allied militias have....

Sudan and South Sudan's Merging conflicts

The conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly merged. Halting drift toward a Uganda-Sudan proxy war on the Sudan-South Sudan border requires better coordination by regional organisations.

Neither the 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan’s second civil war nor South Sudan’s 2011 independence brought stability. The wars in the two Sudans began to come together when....

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition

Three months after Blaise Compaoré’s departure, Burkina Faso’s transition is moving forward in an uncertain context. The provisional government, with the help of its international partners, should initiate urgent reforms and ensure the October 2015 elections allow for peaceful, democratic change.

When President Blaise Compaoré was ousted in October 2014, he left the country with weak institutions and under economic strain. The provisional government, led by Lieutenant-Colonel....

DRC Protests: The Government’s Election Law Must be Revised – or Withdrawn

The adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law, proposed by the government of President Joseph Kabila, that could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in office has triggered violent protests in the capital of Kinshasa and several other cities.

The adoption on 17 January 2015 by the Congolese National Assembly of a law, proposed by the government of President Joseph Kabila, that could lead to the extension of Kabila’s term in....

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan



Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation....

Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation

The growing link between cartels and armed jihadi militants along Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya, combined with heightened ideological polarisation, could form an explosive mix ahead of Tunisia’s legislative and presidential elections.

In its latest briefing, 

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FORA Diamond MINI Blood Glucose Monitor
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Sudan’s Spreading Conflict (III): The Limits of Darfur’s Peace Process
Sudan’s Spreading Conflict (III): The Limits of Darfur’s....
If Darfur is to have durable peace, all parties to the country’s multiple conflicts need to develop a more holistic means of addressing both....
Mali: Reform or Relapse
Mali: Reform or Relapse
In its latest report, Mali: Reform or Relapse, the International Crisis Group examines the situation in Mali a year after the beginning....
Exodus adds to CAR crisis
Exodus adds to CAR crisis
Almost 20,000 people of Chadian origin have left violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in recent weeks, and many more are expected to....
Cameroon takes steps against Boko Haram
Cameroon takes steps against Boko Haram
The authorities in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, have set up tighter border controls in the Far North region to guard against....
West African livelihoods weakened by graft
West African livelihoods weakened by graft
Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive....
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made....
The dangers of rushing Mali elections
The dangers of rushing Mali elections
As international donors, notably France and the USA, as well as the Economic Community of West African States, push for July presidential....
Displaced Malians turn to survival sex
Displaced Malians turn to survival sex
More displaced women and girls - some as young as 13 - are turning to sex work to get by in Mali where 14 months of occupation and conflict have....
Syrians seeking refuge in Libya
Syrians seeking refuge in Libya
Two years ago Syrians in the relative security of their own country watched the unfolding crisis in Libya descend into a devastating civil war.....
Politicians, military undermine Guinea-Bissau’s stability
Politicians, military undermine Guinea-Bissau’s stability
The small West African country of Guinea-Bissau is slated to hold fresh polls later this year after yet another coup, but opposition to security....
Guineans flee Conakry unrest, ethnic tension
Guineans flee Conakry unrest, ethnic tension
Guinea’s political violence is hitting residents of the capital Conakry increasingly hard, with some families forced to flee their homes and....
Despite decade of innovation, much left to do on neglected tropical diseases
Despite decade of innovation, much left to do on neglected....
Ten years ago, the main treatment for kala azar - a disease that kills up to 40,000 people every year - was a 30-day course of injections, a....
NGOs under pressure in Egypt
NGOs under pressure in Egypt
The conviction in Egypt of 43 NGO workers this week for working illegally has turned the spotlight on an increasingly restrictive environment for....
NGOs concerned about new DRC Intervention Brigade
NGOs concerned about new DRC Intervention Brigade
Nineteen international NGOs have sent a joint letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to express concern over the peace process in the....
A long road ahead for justice in Côte d’Ivoire
A long road ahead for justice in Côte d’Ivoire
Wary of a backlash, Côte d’Ivoire’s government has hesitated to charge its own supporters of crimes committed during the....
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