Africa

Sustainable Development - Moving Away From Aid Dependency

Anas Sarwar | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Anas Sarwar

Today in Addis Ababa, the African Union (AU) meets for its annual summit which this year will focus on women's empowerment and developing Agenda 2063, their 50 year development plan. This long term approach aims for inclusive growth and sustainable development and a shift away from aid-dependency.

Life on Lake Victoria

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Ours has been a bumpy ride. Though it seems small in comparison to what followed, the first obstacle we encountered reared its head when the Kenyan government stopped issuing work permits.

You Can Help Change and Save Thousands of Lives by Improving Healthcare for Communities Across Africa

Lenny Henry | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lenny Henry

Enough is enough though. This Red Nose Day, we want to help change and save thousands of lives by improving healthcare for communities across Africa. By combining your cash with local talent and determination we can make a huge difference and to demonstrate that we're going to follow the refurbishment of Iyolwa clinic by working with Ugandans like Gonza, a local architect who has come forward to lend his skills. Your support will not only help to refurbish this clinic, but will also help to improve healthcare for thousands of people in communities across Africa...

The Move

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

By the time I flew home, I was in talks with a newspaper editor in Nairobi and had six weeks to plan my move: five months, one week and one day after R and I had first met. The nearness of my impending departure, this time with a veiled sense of permanence hanging over it, hit my mum a little more.

Mostly out of Africa: From Monkey to Man

Frontier | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Frontier

A recently discovered early primate has revealed that a distant ancient relative of modern day humans may have evolved earlier than originally thought. The primate fossil resembles modern day tarsiers from south-east Asia and is believed to be 55 million years old.

Ten Unmissable Aspects of Africa

Amanda Marks | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Marks

The wildlife of the African savannah is what comes most readily to mind for most people thinking of Africa. Heading off on safari to spot lions, elephants, zebras, antelope and other plains game is an exhilarating experience.

My Three Words for Davos this Year

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recent events have seen countries recognize UHC as an essential component of their future political and social stability. This is a large part of the rationale for the huge investments being made into health coverage in China, Indonesia, Brazil and many other nations.

On Faith and Secularism

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Perhaps the poor do have more to gain from faith then the middle classes, and religion for all its good and bad will not give way to secularism in Africa.

The Man in the Airport Cafe

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

I set my bag down on a chair in the airport café, sensing someone's eyes on me. I looked up and straight into the watchful gaze of a man seated on the far side of the cafe, talking into his mobile phone in an accent it was hard to make out.

Three Adventure Travel Trips Perfect for the New Year's Resolutions

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Stretching more than 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles), the Himalayas are well known and have been associated with many great mountaineers and adventurers over the years. "Remote and majestic" describes this wonderful environment perfectly.

Silicon Savannah - How Start-ups in Africa are Taking on Some of Humanity's Biggest Challenges

Matthew Hussey | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The adoption of new technology in and around Silicon Savannah has helped the region leapfrog many of the hurdles faced by Europe and America's digital overhaul. The use of mobile phones for the purchase of goods in Africa is way ahead of other counterparts.

The Urban Sanitation Business

Girish Menon | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
Girish Menon

With almost half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa living in towns and cities, urban sanitation poses a serious challenge. This is especially the case for unplanned or informal settlements where the majority of the poorest people live...

Africa Rising - Creating Global Investment Opportunities, Not Band Aids for Christmas

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Ijeoma E. Okoli

Like all the other Band Aid projects, the popularity of Band Aid 30 will be ephemeral. However, investment opportunities now available through crowdfunding platforms have the potential to forever change market access for retail investors by offering more investment choices and opening up avenues that enable such investors to contribute to sustainable growth in markets that badly need it.

Give Peace a Chance - Run With Youth

Ettie Higgins | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Ettie Higgins

The well of pain runs deep in many parts of Africa, and yet it is young people who offer the best chance for true conflict resolution, and lasting peace. Conflict-affected youth are often the most ambitious, the hardest workers. They want back what was taken from them: opportunity. They want an education and they want to earn a livable wage.

Starter Guide to (Re)Engaging With Africa

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

I glean some insights from this year's speakers regarding their take on 'moving home', particularly for those who have spent most of their lives outside of the continent. On balance, they identify the availability of skilled human capital as a crucial element to fuel development although highlight a few things to consider before heading back.

Gerard Depardieu Claims He Once Ate Two Lions

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Entertainment

Gerard Depardieu has sensationally claimed he ate two lions after shooting them dead in self-defence in Africa, according to reports. The French ac...

The Great Ape Robbery

Mark Jones | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

Our remaining closest cousins are having enough difficulty coping with the damaging impacts people are having on their habitats. They can't afford any more losses through the greedy actions of a few people who only see their value in terms of what a foreign zoo or private individual will pay for them.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Equatorial Guinea: Where Is the Outrage?

Jake Warren | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Jake Warren

In my opinion moral indignation shouldn't be reserved for sporting events solely participated in by western countries. A cynic may then come to the conclusion that voicing outrage at a particular host country is done with the intended consequence of not wishing to be seen legitmising that countries modus operandi, rather than an aim to genuinely enact change.

Get in the Picture!

Peter Byass | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Peter Byass

So this week's meeting for the Asia Pacific region in Bangkok, and a similar meeting planned for Africa in 2015, present a unique challenge and opportunity. We have the methods and tools for universal civil registration of births and deaths on a worldwide basis - let's make it happen!

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

Why the New Band Aid Single Makes Me Feel Uneasy Too

Frances Black | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.

Bob Geldof and Adele - Why Charity Needs to Start at Home

Neil Gibb | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Neil Gibb

Adele was brought up by a single mum who struggled for money but provided her daughter with a stable and loving home. That Adele is now wanting to do the same should be supported and applauded, not attacked as a sign of selfishness. It is the egotistical rock star who wants to play God that is selfish.

Bob Geldof's African Complex

Ronnie Joice | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

Here's a wild thought: Could Bob Geldof turn out to become one of Africa's worst enemies despite his original masterstroke of giving a platform to ageing rockers, publicity-hungry pop stars and dubious has-been singers to help promote their all-conquering charitable efforts?

This Really Is New Africa (T.R.I.N.A)

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

Africa does not need 'saving' as is conventionally assumed, however I envisage a truly collaborative effort from passionate, enlightened and courageous visionaries of all backgrounds as necessary to counter centuries of institutional marginalisation.