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Kenyan Elections Provide Unlikely Source of Hope For Prison Reform

Alexander McLean | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alexander McLean

Just hearing the word 'election' again might be enough to make you shudder, especially if you're a UK voter. Or US citizen. But this week Kenya faces a close-run Presidential Election which could have a broader impact on us all.

Eight Reasons Why You Should Go Overlanding

Emma Rosen | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rosen

Overlanding is about the journey, as well as the destination; group adventure tours in a self-reliant truck, capable of driving to some of the most remote places on the planet. If you're interested in taking your first cautionary step into travelling or are tired of backpacking solo, here is why you should give overlanding a go:

Can Africa's Innovators Solve Africa's Problems?

Paul Sloane | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Tech
Paul Sloane

What can save Africa from its many problems; grinding poverty, corrupt bureaucrats, incompetent governments, civil conflicts and dire infrastructure? The best hope might lie with the innovations of its home grown entrepreneurs. Many solutions that work in the developed world do not translate well to Africa so indigenous innovations are often a better answer. In some cases they leap-frog current Western offerings.

How Africa's Data Revolution Can Deliver Sustainable Development Outcomes

Donald Mogeni | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Tech
Donald Mogeni

The data revolution in Africa is characterised by increasing amounts of data now being produced at faster speeds, by more actors (beyond the State) deploying various technologies and innovations than ever before. This revolution, is also characterised by greater dissemination and analytical capabilities through new technologies and social media.

China's Presence In Africa - Growth And Modernisation

Jessica Anuna | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Jessica Anuna

Africa is growing 7-10 times faster than any other continent in the world and with that comes an increased need for foreign investment. China is Africa's biggest single trading partner and is now the largest lending country to infrastructure projects on the continent. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion in loans and aid to Africa and as of September 2016, Chinese companies have invested $56 billion into construction and infrastructure projects alone around the continent.

Still Left Behind

Neil Heslop OBE | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Neil Heslop OBE

Helen Rangoro is 16 and like many young disabled girls in south west Kenya started primary school later than we're used to in the developed world. He...

Ebola Isn't Over Yet: How Pauline Cafferkey's Return To The Country Reminds Us That The Virus Still Haunts Sierra Leone

Imogen Calderwood | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Imogen Calderwood

For many thousands of people, Ebola isn't over. It was a trigger that has sparked so many other issues - homelessness, unemployment, poverty - that will be felt in Sierra Leone for years to come unless its people receive ongoing support to get back on their feet. Without help to rebuild their businesses and get their children back into schools, many more people to come will fall victim to the Ebola crisis.

Knowledge And Education Should Be Unbounded And It's The World's Citizens' Responsibility To Ensure This

Sherina Rathor | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sherina Rathor

I often wonder whether the trials and tribulations of the world go hand-in-hand with a lack of wholesome knowledge and education; that negative sentiments and inhumane choices are the consequences of poor literacy and teaching.

Nkwame's Climate Conundrum

Daniel Weeks | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK
Daniel Weeks

What he needs from my government in Washington is something more than drills and saws. He needs the Paris Climate Accord with its long-overdue promise of cutting carbon emissions and helping poor countries adapt to a global warming crisis they did almost nothing to create.

Election Season Again - How Our Leaders Can Look To Africa For Inspiration

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Fiona Mavhinga

Europe has once again been thrown headfirst into election season. This month alone revealed the fault lines in French society as disaffected voters rejected established parties, preceding the UK's all-important snap election in June. And toward the end of the year in October, Germany will hold its own elections as Angela Merkel seeks another term in office.

Delivering Sustainable Transport In Africa's Cities

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Africa's Cities: Opening Doors to the World, a lack of quality and cost-efficient transportation is one of the main challenges facing the continent's urban centres. Many African cities' mass transit relies on informal minibus systems whose low passenger capacity prevents them from achieving economies of scale, and small taxis.

This Mini T-Rex Was One Of The Last Dinosaurs To Walk The Planet

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Tech

A mini-T Rex was one of the last dinosaurs to roam across Africa before the ancient creatures were wiped out 66 million years ago, new research reveal...

Why Scottish Nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Trip To Sierra Leone Is So Vital For The Ebola Orphans Still Living With The Virus' Devastating Impact

Imogen Calderwood | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Imogen Calderwood

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey hit the headlines in December 2014 when she became the first person in the UK to be diagnosed with Ebola during the devastatin...

Somalia Crisis: One By One, My Children Slipped Away

Sean Ryan | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Sean Ryan

Across Somalia, the country worst affected by the Horn of Africa's escalating food crisis, more than half a million people are on the move in epic scenes that show not only the desperate urgency of fundraising appeals but also, sadly, the limits of the aid agencies' reach.

Protecting Animals Is Key To Averting Drought Disaster

Geoffrey Dennis | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Geoffrey Dennis

Our work is local, community-focused and takes place away from the media spotlight. With attention turning once again to east Africa and another malnutrition crisis, the international community must learn the lessons of past failures. Once the animals are gone, we have lost all hope of protecting livelihoods and sustainable communities. If a future of dependency is our only solution, we will have failed once again.

Time Is Running Out To Stop Famine In South Sudan

Lily Partland | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Lily Partland

An hour and a half northeast of South Sudan's capital Juba by light plane, near the border with Ethiopia, the parched red earth below is dotted with bright green trees. Within weeks, the wet season rains will turn this 'runway' or strip of bare earth that we land on, into a muddy quagmire, making access incredibly difficult. Travelling by four wheel drive to one of Save the Children's treatment centres for malnourished young children, we travel down a picturesque avenue of trees, their canopies providing welcome relief from the hot day.

Can The Power Of Mobile Innovation Radically Disrupt Systems Of Poverty?

Farah Ramzan Golant | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Farah Ramzan Golant

all women everywhere At Girl Effect, we recognise the incredible work and impact these initiatives are having. However we believe that, in order to make lasting change, we need to stop poverty before it starts. To do this we need to tackle the cause: we have to reframe what it means to be a girl in her community.

Why Alan Turing's Family Charity Is Putting Computers In African Schools

James Turing | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Turing

As my great uncle Alan Turing once said, 'we can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.' I couldn't agree more.

Nothing Without Passion: Meet The Media Moguls Changing Global Paradigms

Adam Bradford | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Adam Bradford

When you think of dynamism, innovation and thought leadership, what do you imagine? I bet you're thinking about Facebook, Snapchat, political leaders ...

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 ...