Africa

Zambia - Thinking About Home

Ricky Ross | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

When SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund ) asked me to go to Zambia to see their work there, a few things were made clear to me. Most peop...

This Is A Worsening Humanitarian Crisis That Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Mike Adamson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

Severe hunger that threatens lives is spreading across parts of Africa. Chronically and silently, a food crisis has been growing which the UN says now means that 20million people are facing deadly hunger. It hasn't happened in a day, it won't be solved in one, but it desperately needs the world's focus to save those lives.

African Dictators Can Run, But They Can't Hide

Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D. | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Politics
Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D.

Nowadays, rulers who have blood on their hands are likely to end up behind bars when the halls of power close. When Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivory Coast president, was hauled from his bunker and sent to the Hague, it served notice to tyrants that they can run, but can no longer hide.

How Businesses Can Demonstrate Responsible And Responsive Leadership In Africa

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

It was my pleasure to attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, which examined the seismic political, economic and social development...

10 Things I Enjoyed While Living In East Africa

Liza Bel | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

More and more people have recently started asking me: "Why are you a fan of Africa?". Deep down, I believe that you can't be a fan of a continent with six distinct climatic zones and over 1500 spoken languages and cultures, the same way you are a fan of Michelle Obama or Bruno Mars.

Empowering Prisoners In Africa Through Legal Education

Alexander McLean | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Alexander McLean

Prisoners studying law at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Kenya - Nate Mook Too often it is the poorest, least educated and most vulnerable who find ...

Africa's Energy Future

Lord Barker | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK
Lord Barker

The African Union Commission will be electing its next Chairperson at the end of January. This is an influential position, and whoever assumes it will play a major role in the direction the continent takes in the coming years - and in selecting which issues to prioritize.

African Refugee Drowns In Venice Canal As Onlookers Taunt Him And Film On Their Phones

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK

An African man drowned in Venice’s Grand Canal as onlookers abused him and filmed his struggle on their mobile phone, in an incident now being inves...

Engineering Skills Are The Key To Achieving Sustainable Development And Reducing Foreign Aid Dependency

Wilson Nyemba | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Wilson Nyemba

Engineers have a huge role to play in this. Engineers extract water from source, distribute it and ensure it is clean and safe to drink. They make the machines that manufacture medicines. Engineers convert power, be it hydroelectric, thermal or nuclear and distribute it to the public, and are doing so in increasingly green ways.

Uni Defends Students Slammed As 'Snowflakes' Over White Philosopher Demands

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

SOAS University of London has defended students accused of wanting to remove Western philosophers such as Kant and Descartes from the curriculum “si...

Six Lessons I Learnt From Leaving A Career In The City

Gee Elliott | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gee Elliott

This first week back at work after the Christmas break is supposedly the biggest of the year for resignations. It's no surprise really - new year, new...

Christmas Medical Breakthrough As Scientists Create Vaccine For Deadly Ebola Virus

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

An experimental vaccine tested on humans has been found to provide 100 per cent protection against the deadly Ebola virus. The news is a major milesto...

The Young Women Bringing Hope To Africa

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

Photo credit: Camfed Looking back on 2016, I ask myself why I am so hopeful as I write this. This was a year of change, uncertainty and in many corne...

Beyond Ebola

Alison Hubert | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

As 2016 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on Book Aid International's work over the last 12 months.

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...