Africa

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...

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Cameron's Awkward Response To #BringBackOurGirls Ambush Provokes Cynical Reaction

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK

David Cameron, seemingly ambushed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, did not look overly comfortable being thrust the hashtag...

Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Loren Treisman | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

While technology is not a panacea for social problems, it has the potential to connect citizens to information on the laws and people that govern them at a lower cost and larger scale than ever before and to make all voices count.

The Worst Place In The World To Be A Twin

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Taboos in Madagascar's rural tribes are part of the fabric of society, ranging from the mundane, like not planting rice on a Thursday, to the practica...

Why Is The UK Such A Bad Place To Be A Mother?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK

The UK has tumbled down the rankings of the World Mother's Index, putting it on a par with Belarus for maternal and child deaths, poverty and educatio...

#BringBackOurGirls: To Help Our Girls Have a Future and Opportunities

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Yetunde Adediran

What's happening in Nigeria is exceedingly complicated, and it's not something I would normally write about. But as a female educator, I feel it's my responsibility in keeping the crisis in the news as important, which might influence freeing (or finding) these innocent girls' and giving them a future together with opportunities.

It's Not About the Money: The Addictive Ideas That Drive an Entrepreneur

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

A lot of people ask me why I took the plunge from having a dream job at one of the most well-recognised and valuable brands (Rolls-Royce) to starting something where sleeping on the floor of friends' houses became a common event

Two Hundred Girls Kidnapped By Islamists.. But Media Turns A Blind Eye

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Twice in two months, more than 200 people suddenly went missing, their fate shrouded in mystery. One incident has received round-the-clock media cover...

Child Witch Congo

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I opened Mike's book with the intention of reading a few pages, seeing how bad it really was, and then giving it up with a clean conscience. Problem was I couldn't put the damn thing down and, with a growing sense of wonder, I realised I had stumbled across a gem.

The STEM Skills Shortage Is Even More Apparent for Start-Ups

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.

World Malaria Day 2014: Protection During Pregnancy

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals draws closer, World Malaria Day is a key advocacy date for those of us working on the ground to drive the achievement of the health-related goals, especially in the malaria endemic countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

The 65th Best Parliament in the World for Women

Billy Hill | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Billy Hill

In our global sports day, Britain isn't doing too well. 65th place doesn't exactly scream success. Even the most supportive parents would struggle to work-up a smile with that performance. As the case has been in Rwanda, the drive towards everyday equality of women has been propelled by the decisions and greater influence of women.

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...

"We Are Proud To Present": a reflection on a magnificent play.

Musa Okwonga | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

I had the privilege, on the penultimate night of its six-week London run at the Bush Theatre, of seeing a truly outstanding play. Written by Jackie Si...

Scores Killed In Bus Bomb Attack In Nigerian Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK

At least 71 people have been killed in two bomb blasts at a busy bus station in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, police have said. Another 124 people...

'If Obama Had a Dry Toilet...' - Building a Toilet for the 21st Century

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Around the world 2.5 billion people have no access to a toilet, and 1,400 children die every single day as a result of unhygienic sanitation. These figures are as outrageous as they are shocking. But nobody wants to talk about it, because - well - it's just not very nice, is it?

I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Forgotten Crisis: Why Aren't We Talking About South Sudan?

Sir Nick Young | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

Reports of continued fighting in South Sudan are worrying. But even more distressing is how little attention this humanitarian crisis is generating. Let us not underestimate the scale of the crisis in the world's newest nation.