Africa

Tanzania Abolishes Secondary School Fees - But Does Anything Come for Free?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Primary school children in Tanzania. Credit: Frans Peeters It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled schoo...

Poaching Power: A Rarely Told Story

Frontier | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Frontier

The death of Cecil earlier this year evoked outrage across the planet, with people up in arms over the death of one of Africa's favourite lions. The killer, a dentist from Minnesota, endured the wrath of many, but the real villains are those that do not make the front pages.

In the Lion of Fire

Caitlin Hamilton | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Caitlin Hamilton

On July 1, Cecil, Zimbabwe's iconic and magnificent adult male African lion, was brutally shot and murdered in the name of sport. On December 5, a pr...

From Fair Trade to Building Peace: Falling in Love Again at 54

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

With borders a constant flashpoint, International Alert undertook research on the needs of women cross-border traders in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The women identified the lack of storage for their fresh produce as a major problem. As a result, the World Bank is now building a cold storage there.

Moving Pictures Show Just How Far Prince Harry Has Come In His Bid To Protect Wildlife

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

A moving picture of Prince Harry hugging an elephant in his fight against the poaching industry shows just how far the royal has come in his conservat...

How to Join The Hunt and Plan a Family Safari

William Gray | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
William Gray

If watching David Attenborough's The Hunt on BBC has inspired your children, why not consider taking them on a family safari next year? Although Africa has its fair share of challenges when it comes to travel, it also has several destinations that are ideal for families. Our twins were just four when we first took them to South Africa.

Goodwill to One and All?

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

The season of cheery goodwill is approaching fast. The big Christmas ads are up and running, the city centre lights are sparkling against the chilled night skies and holiday plans are being formulated.

The 'Unwanted Migrants' - EU's Failed Migration Policies

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Fragkiska Megaloudi

Europe needs a multilateral approach in order to deal with economic migration and a clear recognition that migration from Africa will not cease but will continue to grow under the pressure of demographics and financial inequality.

Selective Grief

Liza Bel | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Liza Bel

My student years in Paris defined who I am today. The streets harboured my surreptitious kisses, those terraces hosted my tears after failed exams and my laughter with my friends who teased me about my Russian accent in French. I wasted my student stipend on Pierre Hermé macaroons consumed between lectures on a random bench at St Germain. It was with a view of the Tour Eiffel that I started my first ever internship at Radio France.

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

Stick Your Neck Out To Save The Giraffes

Frontier | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Frontier

Conservation has increased in importance over the last years. More organisations and governments are getting involved in raising awareness and supporting wildlife conservation. One of the animals which have caught their attention is the giraffe...

Understanding African Time

Liza Bel | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

Why time is such a sensitive issue is because it defines our awareness of space and others. As the world keeps shrinking in front of me, I feel like perception and use of time remain the few concepts resistant to globalisation. Time is where globalisation stops. It puts communication and adaptability of human species to test.

Breathing Away: Bringing Down Child Deaths From Pneumonia

Ilya Jones | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

A girl in Cambodia is assessed for pneumonia. Copyright Malaria Consortium/Peter Caton Today is World Pneumonia Day - a time to recognise the fact th...

Valletta: Farming Out Europe's Dirty Work

Joan Tubau | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Joan Tubau

The existing trend of disrespecting refugee law while ignoring abuse and torture is no longer acceptable. Valletta must not be remembered as the place where the outsourcing of Europe's dirty work was rubber-stamped.

Review: 'A Warm Sudan' Photography Exhibition in Khartoum

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

It seems that the people of Sudan let Gabriela in. Not only into their homes but into their hearts. The earnest expressions and penetrating stares elegantly framed on the walls of the exhibition space in Dabanga, Khartoum 2, serve as a testament to the familiarity and trust she cultivated and captured.

Life In Sierra Leone After Ebola

Anna Foster | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Anna Foster

As communities begin to deal with the psychological scars of losing their loved ones in such a brutal way, there's another very real issue facing Sierra Leone. Nearly 4,000 people died in this outbreak, but thousands more who caught Ebola fought it hard enough to survive.

Inspiring Readers - Bringing a World of Reading Into the Classroom

Alison Hubert | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Alison Hubert

Without a decent supply of books, the issue is not only that children struggle to learn to read. They are also denied the opportunity to explore the world through books, to find the stories, information and knowledge that could change their lives. That's why it's so important that we provide reading books for these schools...

The Women Taking Charge Of Their Lives

Sarah Kwong | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Sarah Kwong

Walking down the aisle of muddy-brown land, a trail of women flanked by energetic children clutch heaps of vegetables in their arms. It's the dry-season, but they still have enough food to feed their families; a way of life that just a few years ago, they could never have dreamed of...

South Korea: A True Development Success Story

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

It was my great pleasure to be invited to South Korea by the World Bank and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) for a two-day workshop. Part of a partnership between eight African governments and the Republic of Korea, the event allowed attendees to share ideas for Korea-Africa cooperation, and to learn from Korea's astonishing development experience.

Hope - Little Word; Big Aspirations

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Are you travelling hopefully or hopelessly? Is your idea of hope getting a seat on the train home or securing a loan? Hope is a very small word with a very big remit of possibilities. For everyone, everywhere it means something different and that 'different' can change every minute of every day.

Cambridge Students Wanted To Make Mock Slums Because It Would Be 'Fun And Insightful'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Cambridge University have come under fire for wanting to turn university cellars into an "oppressive slum" for a "poverty simulation" even...

10 Common Fears About Travelling in Africa

Ruby Audi | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Audi

The less used to tourists they are the friendlier you will find the locals - at worst you will be treated with respect and smiles (addressed to as sir/masta), at best you may be followed down the streets by excited children - think Muhammed Ali in When We Were Kings - who think you're a god or rockstar.

Why Global Goal Nine Can Make a Real Difference for Africa

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

While all the goals are valuable, Global Goal 9, which seeks to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation, is especially important.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.

Why African Agriculture Should Be a Hot Topic for Investment

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to transforming Africa from a continent of poverty to prosperity. Africa's attractiveness for inve...