Africa

Travel Eye: How To Book The Best Maasai Mara Safari Experience

Karen Edwards | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

Seeing drivers chase or crowd the wildlife for the benefit of a good view, is saddening. If this continues, we may no longer be able to enjoy these animals in their true element. We are grateful our camp and guide respect this beautiful ecosystem. It has never been more important to pick a safari experience carefully.

Botswana's Big Five And Where to Spot Them

Black Tomato | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

The infamous Big Five - the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo - are all incredibly special creatures to see in the wild. Thanks to a rich water supply from the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta, Botswana is one landlocked African gem that can almost guarantee a glimpse of some, if not all, of these legendary animals. You just need to know where to look...

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.

Just 6,000 Years Ago The Sahara Desert Was Unrecognisable

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Tech

It was only 6,000 years ago that it frequently rained in the Sahara desert, leaving it covered in vast vegetation and grasslands, so what happened? Tw...

International Development: What Does 24 Years Teach You?

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

After 24 years in international development, my time has come to move on. While I'll remain working in the charity sector, my next job isn't in international development.

Achieving Sustainable Industrialisation In Africa

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Ultimately, bold expansion of renewable energy can go a long way to fostering sustainable and inclusive industrialisation in Africa. I call on private sector companies to join hands with African governments, universities and the broader civil society to address this challenge.

Travel Eye: Explore The Untouched Wilderness Of Loisaba, Kenya

Karen Edwards | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

Dreaming of an African safari but want to avoid the crowds? Welcome to Kenya's best kept secret... Giraffes lazily extend their necks to pick fresh...

The Social Enterprise Fulfilling Alan Turing's Legacy

James Turing | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Turing

We still have work to do. Alan left enormous shoes to fill. But we're heading some way to living up to his legacy. Bringing the benefits of the digital age to those who need it most, by creating training and volunteering opportunities in the UK and promoting the transition towards a circular economy in Scotland whilst improving access to education in rural African communities.

One Dress

Lucy Tammam | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

How much power does one dress have? Image credit Justin Lambert The dress - a symbol of woman - oppression, femininity, frivolity.   In reality...

Malawi: Big Heart, Small Country

Eilidh French | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eilidh French

Malawi is one of those places where those who have never been don't understand its unique charm, and for those who have, it continues to capture their imaginations. Having grown up there and become used to its various quirks and differences, I can vouch for this. So why does Malawi, one of Africa's smallest countries , continue to be home for even those who have long left it?

The Informal Economy: Critical To The Hopes Of A Continent

Claire Arnott | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Claire Arnott

Sub-Saharan Africa - a region encompassing dozens of countries, over 850 million people and thousands of languages. However, to most of us it's a cont...

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

The Science Of Today Is Tomorrow's Technology

James Whiting | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Tech
James Whiting

Over the years game-changing research and development in the malaria field has given us long-lasting insecticide treated nets that protect millions of families every night.

What Is Going On In Ethiopia?

Charlotte Allan | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

The athlete looked up at the sky when he crossed the finish line, and made an X shape above his head with his wrists. The stadium cheered, a new moment in history was made. Later when he took to the podium with 'Ethiopia' written across his top to collect a medal for the marathon he had run, he made the gesture again.

Poverty Fixation Will Not Solve Global Turmoil - Increasing Opportunity Is Key

Simon O'Connell | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

With this knowledge, and with courage and honesty, we must build on the rhetoric of the New York meeting to identify practical solutions. In today's globalised world, where instability in one place can affect stability in another, we must find ways for all individuals to access opportunity, so they can contribute and achieve irrespective of where they were born.

The Pace Of Change

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Life changed again, deeply and irrevocably so, with the arrival of R's girls. They landed in Mombasa when the city was labouring under a simmering, sweltering heat. R's youngest daughter came running when she saw us. R held it together better than I did.

Zongoloni's Story of Hope

Sharon Bull | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Terrified, grief stricken, lonely, confused, frightened and hungry, emotions and situations we would never wish our own child to have to go through, and yet Zongoloni is one of many elephant calves orphaned in this way, because of ivory poaching.

Time For The Prime Minister To Act On Ivory

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

For many of us it does seem kind of strange that there is still an ivory market of any kind. There's nothing pretty about seeing the remnants of a dead elephant on your wrist or mantelpiece. For most it isn't only times that have changed - our attitudes and understanding have too.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.

Devil Dentist Now Schoolgirl Slayer - Why Do People Get Off On Killing Our Wildlife?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Looking at giraffes specifically, it is estimated that they've lost around 40% of their wild populations in the last 15 years alone. That hardly sounds like they need Aryanna's, or indeed anyone's bows and rifles pointing in their direction right now.

Africa's Massive Revenue Losses From Tax Incentives

Mark Curtis | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Mark Curtis

For over 30 years, Western countries such as the US and UK, and international bodies like the World Bank and IMF, have told African governments to cut...

The Legend of Tarzan

Harry Crawford | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Forget Disney, forget Phil Collins and forget coherency. Yates's take will leave hearts swooning for the leading couple, but if it's not a catwalk you're after, or melodrama, then you might as well pretend this film never existed. This is for teenage girls who can handle a little angst.

Britain's New African Empire

Mark Curtis | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

We need to radically rethink the notion that Britain is helping Africa to develop. The UK's large aid programme is, among other things, being used to promote African policies from which British corporations will further profit. British policy in Africa, and indeed that of African elites, needs to be challenged and substantially changed if we are serious about promoting long term economic development on the continent.

Understanding the Power of Toilets in Rural Angola

Edson Monteiro | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Edson Monteiro

I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that Unicef's sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It's incredible to think that seven out of ten people living in rural Angola do not have a clean, safe toilet to use. This has a huge impact on the health of Angola's children and one of the reasons the country has the highest rate of child mortality in the world.

An Open Letter to the Next UN Secretary General

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

I would like to congratulate you on your election, especially against such an experienced and talented group of candidates. I wish you well in maintaining the United Nations' impact as one of the leading global institutions, and its role in promoting international cooperation on the most important issues facing humanity...