Africa

Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...

Lion Hunts Prey While Wearing A GoPro

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech

Now we've all seen nature documentaries that have tried to get up close and personal with wildlife but honestly, none of them can compete with this. ...

Why Misjudged Reporting of Ebola Could Kill

Michael Brooks | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Michael Brooks

Newspapers and broadcasters already self-censor when reporting suicides. That is because studies have shown that detailed reports of suicide lead to copycat cases. Perhaps it is time, then, for the media to help reduce the impact of Ebola by showing a little restraint. Tales of desperate, gruesome deaths make better newspaper copy than tales of survival, but they also fuel the hopelessness that can kill those unlucky enough to contract the virus.

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ian Scoones | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Ian Scoones

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.

Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World - Here's What We Learned About Famine Since Then

Hans Zomer | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Michael Buerk's harrowing reports for BBC...

Where Did Our Money Go? Let Twitter Find Out!

Loren Treisman | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

You may wonder how social media could possibly be used to improve access to critical services like healthcare in Africa, a continent where only 8.6% of the population are online. Activists in Nigeria are doing just that.

Rwanda Starts Its Engine of Green Growth

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York...

The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June Eric-Udorie

Bringing an end to FGM in one generation is now a growing reality. Across Africa, whole communities are standing up and saying no to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

By the Way, That African Guy Next to You Probably Doesn't Have Ebola!

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Wycliffe Sande

Ebola is not just an African problem. Please, let's all stand up and join the fight against Ebola, and say no to the demonising of those people who just happen to come from the countries in which the Ebola outbreak is still raging.

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

When Ebola Became Real

Meredith Berman | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Meredith Berman

Last week in Dallas, Texas the first case of Ebola outside of Africa hit. It is only since GlastoSmithKline has started to make more than ten thousand doses of its experimental Ebola vaccines.

From Crisis to Catastrophe in South Sudan

Mark Goldring | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam and other aid agencies are warning that rival groups in South Sudan are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month. An upsurge in fighting would exacerbate what is already the world's worst food crisis and could lead to famine. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by one million between January and March.

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

Julie Tomlin | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

"It's now time for there to be an official place to say if you have this problem, you can come here," says Thorpe. "We will be able to challenge the powers that be, no matter who you are, be you a lecturer, be you a president, we'll be able to take you to task. Once we begin to name and shame people, that would be an achievement."

The Solution to 'Humanitarian Trips'

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Our partnership with Nuaké is sustainable, we have a relationship based on trust -few similar projects can claim the same- and I think we both benefited and gained a lot from this experience...

Something to Smile About, One Act of Kindness at a Time

Milton Jones | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Milton Jones

Emotionally I'm way out of my depth. I'm just a smart-alec comedian who wants to try and help. (Or do I just like the idea?) Now the teenagers have trickled back, cheated of innocence and bringing with them their trauma and children born in slavery. Some seem dead behind the eyes, but physically alert and ready to fight or run at a moment's notice. Soon after we arrive I'm asked to entertain about 80 youths, who don't speak English and have been waiting two hours in the sun for 'the internationally famous comedian' to make them laugh. This could go wrong.

Financial Inclusion - Why We Should Care

John Calverley | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
John Calverley

Financial inclusion has become a buzzword for governments intent on tackling poverty and inequality among their citizens. India's Prime Minister Modi just announced that he wants to end 'financial untouchability' with an ambitious target to provide most households with a bank account in a matter of months.

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

The African Connectivity: E-commerce Making Inroads Into Alleys of Africa

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

There was a time when Africa was all about Safaris, tribal communities and victory against apartheid mindsets. A good measure of poverty, hunger, high...

How Sport Relief Cash Is Changing Lives In Rwanda

Caroline Flack | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Flack

Rwanda, the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' has luscious green peaks that stretch out as far as your eyes can see. But this beautiful scenery masks a terrible period in the country's history. In 1994, a brutal genocide tore Rwanda apart. Thousands of families were murdered, livelihoods were destroyed and many orphans were left to take care of their brothers and sisters. I recently travelled there to see how some of the money raised by Sport Relief and matched by the UK government is already hard at work, changing the lives of people who lost almost everything 20 years ago.

Orphaned Baby Elephant Spirited Away In A Tiny Plane After Poachers Kill His Family

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Footage has emerged of a baby elephant being rescued in a four-seater lightweight plane, after the rest of its 100-strong herd was slaughtered by poac...

Time to Be a Girl

Samantha Barks | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Samantha Barks

In May, I travelled to Madagascar with WaterAid where I was lucky enough to meet two amazing girls, Solo and Ze. In their village, access to clean water on tap was just a dream. Every day, they had to walk down a difficult path to a dirty pond to collect water for their families.

The Reality of Unsafe Abortion

Michelle Weinberger | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Weinberger

Disability, infertility, being shunned by your community and in the worst case even death: these are just some of the terrifying risks women expose themselves to when they have an unsafe abortion. Yet every year 21.6 million women, 99% of them in the developing world, are so desperate to end an unwanted pregnancy that they will quite literally risk their lives.

Seven Things You Didn't Know About UK Overseas Aid

Billy Hill | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

According to the International Aid Transparency Index, UK aid is the most transparent in the world... Meaning, we can see where our money is spent.

Becouscous I Told you, That's Why! - A Hitch-Hike to Morocco

James Dann | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy
James Dann

The old band back together. "No fella (I imagine he said fella) it's legal, it's OK, €50 and we'll be back in 5 minutes, my brother will ...

Experimental Ebola Drug Heads To Liberia, But Did A Spanish Priest Die AFTER Being Treated?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Fears have been raised over the distribution of an experimental Ebola drug after a Spanish priest, believed to have been treated with the serum, succu...