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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 ...

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...