Africa

Bleeding Hearts & Good Intentions Kill Wildlife

Brad Linzy | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Brad Linzy

Anytime there is a picture of a game hunter with a lion, the internet blows up with well-meaning, but ultimately wrong-headed reactions. Some of the more disgusting commentary threatens violence against humans.

Cecil - The Lion Martyr?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Let's hope this global outrage makes Cecil an unwitting martyr for the cause, now so many people recognise that this just isn't acceptable.

No-one Can Do It Alone: Open Collaboration to Power the Next Generation of African Ventures

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

President Obama's trip to Kenya this week kicked off at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, where he joined leading figures from across the continent ...

Africa Rising from the Ground Up

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

When I started thinking about this blog, I had quite decided to write about charitable giving. Why we all need to do more and give more to support those less fortunate than ourselves because if we don't who else will?

Badass Lions Halt Traffic To Capture, Kill And Devour Prey

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

Two male lions have been filmed hunting and pouncing on a kudu amidst traffic in northeastern South Africa. The antelope found itself helpless at t...

'Dream Come True': Malaria Vaccine Approved After 30 Years Of Trials

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A vaccine which could help protect against malaria, has been given the green light after 30 years of trials. The Mosquirix (RTS,S) vaccination, wh...

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

The Wonders of Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

The island of Madagascar plays host to an exciting array of rare wildlife and is home to mesmerising landscape. Its natural beauty is a one off and so is its story of existence. The unique way in which the island was formed and isolated from mainland Africa is the exact reason for its abundance of rare species, which are privileged to call Madagascar home.

Africa's Scientific Independence: No More Business as Usual

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Despite Africa's impressive economic growth, there remains a damaging divide between business and scientific communities. Technical knowledge is not keeping pace with economic growth and businesses often bemoan the lack of local candidates with scientific and technological competences.

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

Volunteers Make The World Go Round

Frontier | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Frontier

Around the world volunteers are making a real difference, reaching places where their services are truly needed. Whether they are helping in wildlife ...

South Africa

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

People were welcoming and warm and quick to laugh. Almost nothing happened on time. Meetings started when they started and went on longer than expected. African Time existed in the Western Cape, too; it reminded me in this way of a less eccentric Kenya.

Shark-Infested Waters: Mozambique and International Borrowing

Lucy James | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Lucy James

When Mozambique celebrated the 40 year anniversary of independence on 25 June, it was a time for reflection on the gains and losses made by the country which has experienced rapid shifts from civil conflict, to democratic consolidation and exponential economic growth driven by commodity discoveries. A mark of how far Mozambique has come since 1975 was demonstrated last year, when it undertook its first voyage in to international debt markets.

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.