Africa

Shining New Light on Volunteers

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

So perhaps it's time we found a new word to describe volunteers. Something which captures the true spirit, energy and value of this vital role. My instinct is 'Stars'. There are millions out there; we just need to reach them.

A World Free From Poverty by 2030 Involves an Agenda WITH Mental Health

Kat Pugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Results UK, National Conference, where the theme was on the post-2015 agenda. Fittingly, with the proposed targe...

The World Is Officially Running Out Of Water

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Tech

Humans have more than 99 problems and scientists have just pushed water higher up the list. A new study conducted by scientists at the University ...

Akon Wants To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa, No Really

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Tech

Akon's to do list just got a little longer. Aside from being an award winning producer and RnB singer, he's now hoping to provide electricity to 600 m...

Unpacking the G7 Agenda: Recognising Neglected Tropical Diseases

Ilya Jones | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

Whilst international security and the global economy are likely to dominate news coverage surrounding the G7 meeting in early June, there is another important point on the group's agenda that we should be paying close attention to. Among other health issues, diseases of poverty - or more specifically, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) - will be a focal point for the summit meetings.

By the Shores of the Indian Ocean

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

That veranda, with its endless, ocean view, brought us both a semblance of peace in a time of growing turmoil and uncertainty. Just to sit there was enough. On other occasions, we would take my telescope up to the roof to study the stars.

Voice-Altering Prank Calls Are Helping Guinea Fight Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Prank-calling usually serves no other purpose aside from being extremely annoying. In western Guinea however, it's being used to fight Ebola. Yes t...

Great Weekend Getaways - Fez, Morocco

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

Enticed by Fez's fascinating history (the 9th-century university was founded by a woman) and the chance to stay at Palais Amani, one of the city's most beautiful riads, we left our hectic London lives in a quest for relaxation and adventure in equal measure.

Cameroonian Young People Have a Voice, But Unfortunately So Does Katie Hopkins

Will Jones | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Jones

Cameroon is a country shrouded with speculation and corruption, they have only ever had one political party in charge, a party that up until 1990 had no opposition so it's easy to see how important it is that their citizens are given a voice.

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

Long Life and Good Health!

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

As I lay in my darkened room I came to an important conclusion. In the US, medicine is a commercial enterprise and in the UK it's a social enterprise. But in Africa medicine is hugely dependent on aid enterprise.

The Visit

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Half the fishermen and artisans on the beach where we live were expecting them even before they arrived. R had asked about dhow rides and a fishing trip for my dad and on our weekend strolls, they would wave us over.

An Open Letter to the Next President of the African Development Bank

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

I would like to congratulate you on your election, especially amongst such an experienced and talented field. I wish you well in continuing to raise the influence and impact of the Bank as Africa's pre-eminent financial institution, and in playing its part in the continent's sustainable and inclusive growth.

Education for All 2000-2015: The #EduVerdict is in!

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.

Shell, BG, and Keeping the Lights On in Africa

Johnny West | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Johnny West

What would be really interesting to know on the day Shell announced its $70 billion bid for the BG Group is: did the Tunisian government know when it woke up this morning that it will shortly have Shell as its new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country?

An Open Letter to Militants in Africa

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

You are deceived in thinking that you are fighting for a 'cause'. I do not know what God you believe in, or what odious rhetoric you espouse, or what your ill-advised political beliefs are that give you the permission to do what you do everyday

Nigeria Will Jail Phone Operators That Fail Standards

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Tech

Nigeria has the largest telecoms market in Africa, and as such there are high expectations about the services that its mobile operators can provide. ...

Living in a Land of Foreign Travel Advisories

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

My friend had tried contacting the British Embassy to find out whether there was anything we residents and long-stayers should worry about, but got put through to the Foreign Office in London. The person on the other end asked what she could tell them, since she was the one on the ground.

Charity Giving, UK and US Style

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Interestingly there's more of a Christian cultural overlay in America, yet the Christian faith in the UK still has more of an influence - so you'll get the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted on the evening news talking about economic issues, something you'd never get church leaders doing in America.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria Nobody Talks About

Jo Simmons | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

On March 28, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People's Democratic Party will square off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari of the All People's Congress party, in what could be the first democratic transfer of power since Nigeria's reestablishment of democracy in 1999.

A Sense of the Absurd

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

When parents and those in-charge of small children are asked what it is that they have done all day, the answer can be hard to quantify. The exact details may be hazy, some of it may sound like nothing much at all and there are probably moments they've forgotten to account for, but it covers a great deal.

The St Andrews Africa Summit Sees Africa Arrive to St Andrews

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

All in all, SASUUM initiated the eye-opening dialogue that will usher in a new dawn of engagement with African affairs.

Translating Africa's Tech Enthusiasm Into an Enterprise Ecosystem

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The question of how many vastly successful technology start-ups have come out of Africa might therefore not yet be one to ask. Instead, entrepreneurship takes more than the availability of technology.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

Old Endings, New Beginnings

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

If Nairobi had charmed me despite itself, Mombasa, an historic island trading port, had initially done the opposite. It wasn't until a second visit in 2007 that I began to see it as something other than an old, faded, dilapidated city in need of repair.