Africa

The 65th Best Parliament in the World for Women

Billy Hill | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

In our global sports day, Britain isn't doing too well. 65th place doesn't exactly scream success. Even the most supportive parents would struggle to work-up a smile with that performance. As the case has been in Rwanda, the drive towards everyday equality of women has been propelled by the decisions and greater influence of women.

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...

"We Are Proud To Present": a reflection on a magnificent play.

Musa Okwonga | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

I had the privilege, on the penultimate night of its six-week London run at the Bush Theatre, of seeing a truly outstanding play. Written by Jackie Si...

Scores Killed In Bus Bomb Attack In Nigerian Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK

At least 71 people have been killed in two bomb blasts at a busy bus station in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, police have said. Another 124 people...

'If Obama Had a Dry Toilet...' - Building a Toilet for the 21st Century

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Around the world 2.5 billion people have no access to a toilet, and 1,400 children die every single day as a result of unhygienic sanitation. These figures are as outrageous as they are shocking. But nobody wants to talk about it, because - well - it's just not very nice, is it?

I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Forgotten Crisis: Why Aren't We Talking About South Sudan?

Sir Nick Young | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Reports of continued fighting in South Sudan are worrying. But even more distressing is how little attention this humanitarian crisis is generating. Let us not underestimate the scale of the crisis in the world's newest nation.

Volunteer Stories: Teaching, Diving and Wildlife in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Madagascar is a place like no other. I never knew much about it until I stumbled over the Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife and Diving project on the Frontier website. I don't really know why I chose that project, it just happened. Next thing I knew I was on the plane to Nosy Be.

As It's Light Out in the West, Africa Needs Help to Switch On

Ben Good | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Ben Good

On Saturday, 29th of March, many westerners switched off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour. The Big Ben, Times Square in New York and the Kremlin in Moscow were just a few of the iconic landmarks that joined millions of people who dimmed their lights to raise awareness about saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

How Your Clothes Can Restore Sight in Ethiopia

Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall

Around the world 100million older people have to live on less than 60p a day. Many of them support and care for their grandchildren. The grandparents often go hungry so that the children can eat. Many are also having to cope with the challenges of getting older, including managing difficult health conditions.

Volunteer Stories: Experiencing South Africa

Frontier | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I wanted to travel to Africa because my dad is South African and had lived there for most of his life. He talks about the things he'd experienced which made me want to go! The South African experience, for me, looked perfect! Doing voluntary work, but also travelling combined with a set route made me at ease because I like to have a plan.

Never Has the Phrase 'Adapt or Die' Been So Apt

Ben Price | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

The world over, we are seeing ever more cases of extreme weather, from the recent floods in the UK to wild fires in Australia. With each incident comes the familiar assurances that - this time - the necessary action will be taken to make sure there is no repeat. The reality is we have no choice, as every country faces the fact that climate change - and its impact on the weather - is no longer a distant prediction, but a daily reality. And for the poorest people on the planet, the need to change is not just a matter of saving money, but saving lives.

Barclays Needs to Clean Up Its Shameful Act

Tom Fyans | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Fyans

When Antony Jenkins took the helm at Barclays he promised to clean up a bank that had been badly scarred by a seemingly relentless stream of scandals. To re-enforce the point he sent an email to his 140,000 staff saying that he wanted to bring new ethical standards to Barclays. Those who didn't want to sign up to them were told they should leave.

Unfair and Not Lovely: The Global Skin Bleaching Epidemic Hasn't Gone Away

Dimple Vijaykumar | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dimple Vijaykumar

Many hope so, but for now, it seems the struggle against centuries of the 'Fair and Lovely' culture rages on, while skin-bleaching itself remains the norm amongst many in Asian and African communities.

The Ugandan Gay Rights Crisis and the Hypocrisy of the West

Liam Deacon | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Watching Uganda's president chuckle as he signed into law a bill that meant life improvement for homosexuality and not reporting gay family members a criminal offence was chilling. Many western observers shared an intuition that the West should surely respond in swift and principled manner to this 'odious' bill...

Coming Back to Reality...

DJ Lora | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
DJ Lora

Despite not being able to shower for 7 days, missing my gorgeous bed and having to wear the same clothes for several days in a row. Taking on Kilimanjaro was without a doubt, one of the most incredible expeditions I have ever done in my life.  

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

LGBT Rights and Peace: Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Phil Vernon | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

While it is clearly important for peacebuilders to pay more attention to the marginalisation and repression of LGBT people, it's not always so obvious how we should do so...

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Planet Appetite: Zooming Around Zimbabwe - More Than Just Safari

Rupert Parker | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Most tourists who visit Zimbabwe never get further than Victoria Falls, but breathtaking game reserves, monumental ruins and the sheer warmth of the people, mean that it's worth exploring further.