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Central African Republic: Lifesaving assistance desperately needed

Humanitarian funding to respond to the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been woefully low: less than one third of a requested US$532 million has been raised so far this year, says the international NGO Action contre la Faim. The funding gap is increasingly concerning in a country where insecurity is high and humanitarian needs are immense.

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Ethiopia: Diaspora NGO Donates Funds to Aid Returnees from Saudi Arabia

Addis Ababa  –The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia has donated USD 30,000 to support IOM’s ongoing post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from Saudi Arabia.

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Let’s make a success of failures

Unsuccessful development initiatives offer vital lessons — but only if we are open about failure, says Ben Taylor.
I was recently involved in a public declaration of failure. An innovative development programme I ran didn’t come close to meeting its targets, so we shut it down. And we went further, publicly declaring that the programme had failed and striving to share lessons from the failure as widely as possible.

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The Ugly Face of Street Justice in Sierra Leone

On a steamy, starless night in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, a teenager runs desperately down a potholed street before being violently brought to the ground by a bystander. As word spreads that a thief has been caught, young men come running from all directions.

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Mozambique/Tanzania: Horn migrants beaten, deported, imprisoned

Near the coastal town of Mtwara, Tanzania’s border with Mozambique is marked only by the River Ruvuma which is wide and relatively shallow at this point just before it drains into the Indian Ocean.

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CONGO: Many indigenous women still give birth in the forest

Marguerite Kassa feared she would find herself alone in the small crowd of a dozen other pregnant women at the integrated health centre in Mossendjo, in the southwestern Republic of Congo.

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