Africa

We're Raising Living Standards for the People Who Grow Your Tea

Sarah Roberts | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Tea is enjoyed the world over - it's the most popular drink after water - but as we sip our cuppa how many of us pause to think about the life of those who produce it?

Obesity in Africa

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

A better understanding of obesity within sub-Saharan populations will be important for the design and implementation of public healthcare policy and population prevention programmes in an effort to address the growing burden of cardiometabolic diseases.

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

Kagame: Quiet Soldier, Small State, Despotic Ambition

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Paul Kagame may be soft-spoken, but the Rwandan president looks determined to seek life-long rule, regardless of who is crushed under the weight of his ambition.

Horror As Somali Militants Kill Dozens Watching World Cup In Kenya (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURES FOLLOW Somali jihadists have massacred dozens of people who congregated to watch the World Cup in a Kenyan coastal resort...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Daniel Brett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.

The Slaughter Of Elephants By Poachers Is 'Unprecedented'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

Poachers who went on a bloody rampage through one of Africa's older national parks have killed 68 elephants in two months, slaughtering with guns from...

Aid to Education Has Fallen by 10% Since 2010

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Humanitarian aid makes up only a small share of the external financing for education: The sector received only 2% of humanitarian appeals in 2013 - a long way from the modest 4% target set by the UN last year.

#ShakeYourPower: Turning Music Into Clean Energy

Sudha Kheterpal | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sudha Kheterpal

I'm a British Asian female percussionist and I've been playing on the pop music scene for over twenty years. I've toured with the likes of Faithless, The Spice Girls, and Dido and have been lucky enough to play some really big gigs. These shows require a huge amount of energy to run and also a huge amount of energy to give out as a performer on stage.

The Ugandan University Forcing Female Students To Take Random Pregnancy Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A university in Uganda is forcing its female students to take random pregnancy tests, and expelling those who are pregnant. Bishop Barham College i...

Raped During Conflict, Now Selling Sex to Survive, Liberia's Daughters of War Have a Message: Listen to Our Stories Angelina, and Bring Us Change

Jane Labous | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Labous

Silver, 30, was gang-raped in the war by four men who tied her up and left her pregnant. Now she is a sex worker to survive. Photo: ©PlanInternatio...

Climate-Proofing Kenya: From Trees to Technology

Dr. Abbas Gullet | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Dr. Abbas Gullet

The countries that will bear the brunt of climate change aren't waiting for others to get their acts together and cut emissions. We don't have that luxury because we're already living with the effects.

Hospitals, Health Posts and Mobile Ambulancesl

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

The most common causes of infant mortality are dysentery and malaria but as you might expect there are also many problems during labour and birth. In the past few days we have been visiting the doctors, nurses and hospital. We are trying to work out where it would be best to help.

Generation NCD: Searching For the Scientists to Tackle Africa's Next Healthcare Challenge

James Shannon | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
James Shannon

Africa and its healthcare needs are changing. As its economic landscape shifts, burgeoning wealth co-exists with extreme poverty. While infectious diseases like malaria and HIV still place huge pressure on Africa, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes pose an increasing threat.

Time to Put the Spotlight on South Sudan

David Bull | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
David Bull

South Sudan's children are suffering - and the crisis is set to get worse - much worse - in the coming months if more action is not taken urgently. The world's newest nation is on the brink of devastation with a brutal conflict destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and a growing humanitarian emergency putting the entire future of the country and its children in jeopardy. The United Nations Secretary General has predicted that by the end of this year, an incredible half of South Sudan's 12million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead. At least half of these will be children.

New Insurance Scheme Boosts Africa's Battle Against Climate Change

Bob Ward | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Bob Ward

Africa's struggle to cope with the impacts of climate change has received a major boost this month with the very first policies to insure governments against food insecurity caused by droughts.

Countless Children Losing Their Childhoods to Sexual Violence in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

UNICEF works tirelessly to protect children from sexual violence in every conflict zone around the world. From working with governments to reform laws, to supporting communities to challenge beliefs on gender roles - UNICEF teams work around the clock to protect children and support those who have experienced sexual violence.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

My Shopping List Consists of Bike Parts, Chicken Coops and Some Bamboo Poles...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

The walk from Nema HQ to the local village isn't too far but in hot mid-morning sun our initial enthusiastic pace slows down to a more sedate lumber. I'm quite pleased and refreshed when the recent rains have flooded the road and we need to wade through holding our modest long skirts up.

How Does International Development Work? We Should Make the Effort to Find Out

Matt Daw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Matt Daw

During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 I asked the staff of our local partner organisation about their experiences of the international effort in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Their work in the region was prompted by the human need created by this event, however they were one of the few international NGOs to stay active in communities in Indonesia after the initial disaster relief effort...

Baby Elephant Washed Away In River, Mum Comes To The Rescue

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK

Crossing a fast-flowing river in the Kicheche Laikipia resort in Kenya, this little fella got into a bit of trouble when the current proved too much. ...

Homophobia in Africa

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Trevor Kleinhans

South African, perched on the southern most tip of Africa, often feel detached from the rest of the world. Yet we have one of the most well-known and effective constitutions ever written - one of the reasons why, back in the 1980s, South Africa never erupted into a full-scale civil war.

Mozambique: Back in the Air and Back on the Blog

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

It's been a while since I was in the air alone, with time to do exactly what I want. Drink wine, read a book, watch a movie, chat up my neighbour...or even put fingers to keyboard and bash away. Since my last productive blogging moment when I spent a few weeks travelling around the USA for JoJo, I have been away, but only in the company of my lovely boys...