Africa

Is Education a Good Thing for Africa?

Chantal Cooke | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Chantal Cooke

We are often told that the solution to Africa's woes is education. With education the continent will prosper, equality will improve, conflict will reduce and the people will be able to pull themselves out of poverty.

Sixty-Year-Old UK Tax Deal Is Hurting the World's Poorest Country

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

The Malawi Government desperately needs money to tackle poverty. Yet a 1955 tax treaty with the UK is tying their hands and making it nearly impossible to collect tax from UK companies operating there. The tax treaty is so old that it was signed by the British Governor on behalf of the British colonies of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Why Coach Class Isn't Enough for Africa

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

From my experience, these billionaires will be well informed individuals who donate substantial sums to charity every year. I have nothing but admiration for what many of them have achieved, but goodness I would like to get them on a coach and take them on a magical mystery tour, sharing some of the sights I have witnessed in Africa.

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

How We Can Save Nearly Half A Million Lives This Year....

Professor Rosanna Peeling | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Professor Rosanna Peeling

Giving birth to a stillborn infant is a tragedy for any parent and their family. These babies die either in late pregnancy or during the process of giving birth; deaths earlier than 28 weeks are called miscarriages.

Post COP21: Africa and Climate Change

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Ultimately, Africa's great vulnerability to the effects of climate change demands a multi-stakeholder response. Given their financial resources and scale, private sector companies can be vital partners to African countries by scaling up investment in renewable energy, boosting climate finance, and decarbonising their own operations.

Four Al-Qaeda Militants And 23 People Dead After Hotel Terrorist Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK

Four Al-Qaeda militants have been killed after Burkina Faso and French forces stormed a luxury hotel on Saturday, freeing more than 126 hostages. I...

What Wins for Wildlife Could We See in 2016?

Rob Brandford | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Rob Brandford

Last year, we witnessed some incredible highs but also some terrible lows for Africa's wildlife. From lions to elephants, rhinos to vultures, we read ...

The Happy Face of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

Liza Bel | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Liza Bel

"Goma is seen as a place with no life, where everyone is in desperate need of foreign aid; a place in need of pity", tells me Arsène Tungali. This 25...

Liya Kebede: The Mother Championing Change In Global Maternal Health

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents

Liya Kebede might be most known as a frontrunner in the fashion world, but the mother-of-two has another significant passion outside her modelling car...

A Resolution Worth Keeping: Helping Africa Survive Its Disasters

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Obviously nothing can alleviate nature's disasters - whether they are prompted by climate change or by the earth's natural movement like the shifting of tectonic plates - but we can better prepare people from peril. We can make them more resilient to crisis and more capable of bouncing back.

Tanzania Abolishes Secondary School Fees - But Does Anything Come for Free?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Primary school children in Tanzania. Credit: Frans Peeters It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled scho...

Poaching Power: A Rarely Told Story

Frontier | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Frontier

The death of Cecil earlier this year evoked outrage across the planet, with people up in arms over the death of one of Africa's favourite lions. The killer, a dentist from Minnesota, endured the wrath of many, but the real villains are those that do not make the front pages.

In the Lion of Fire

Caitlin Hamilton | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Caitlin Hamilton

On July 1, Cecil, Zimbabwe's iconic and magnificent adult male African lion, was brutally shot and murdered in the name of sport. On December 5, a pr...

From Fair Trade to Building Peace: Falling in Love Again at 54

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

With borders a constant flashpoint, International Alert undertook research on the needs of women cross-border traders in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The women identified the lack of storage for their fresh produce as a major problem. As a result, the World Bank is now building a cold storage there.

Moving Pictures Show Just How Far Prince Harry Has Come In His Bid To Protect Wildlife

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

A moving picture of Prince Harry hugging an elephant in his fight against the poaching industry shows just how far the royal has come in his conservat...

How to Join The Hunt and Plan a Family Safari

William Gray | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
William Gray

If watching David Attenborough's The Hunt on BBC has inspired your children, why not consider taking them on a family safari next year? Although Africa has its fair share of challenges when it comes to travel, it also has several destinations that are ideal for families. Our twins were just four when we first took them to South Africa.

Goodwill to One and All?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

The season of cheery goodwill is approaching fast. The big Christmas ads are up and running, the city centre lights are sparkling against the chilled night skies and holiday plans are being formulated.

The 'Unwanted Migrants' - EU's Failed Migration Policies

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Fragkiska Megaloudi

Europe needs a multilateral approach in order to deal with economic migration and a clear recognition that migration from Africa will not cease but will continue to grow under the pressure of demographics and financial inequality.

Selective Grief

Liza Bel | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Liza Bel

My student years in Paris defined who I am today. The streets harboured my surreptitious kisses, those terraces hosted my tears after failed exams and my laughter with my friends who teased me about my Russian accent in French. I wasted my student stipend on Pierre Hermé macaroons consumed between lectures on a random bench at St Germain. It was with a view of the Tour Eiffel that I started my first ever internship at Radio France.

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

Stick Your Neck Out To Save The Giraffes

Frontier | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Frontier

Conservation has increased in importance over the last years. More organisations and governments are getting involved in raising awareness and supporting wildlife conservation. One of the animals which have caught their attention is the giraffe...

Understanding African Time

Liza Bel | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

Why time is such a sensitive issue is because it defines our awareness of space and others. As the world keeps shrinking in front of me, I feel like perception and use of time remain the few concepts resistant to globalisation. Time is where globalisation stops. It puts communication and adaptability of human species to test.

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Ilya Jones | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time to recognise the fact ...

Valletta: Farming Out Europe's Dirty Work

Joan Tubau | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Joan Tubau

The existing trend of disrespecting refugee law while ignoring abuse and torture is no longer acceptable. Valletta must not be remembered as the place where the outsourcing of Europe's dirty work was rubber-stamped.