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.

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

Out Of Africa: Okunoren Twins

Bwoywonder | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Okunoren, the brothers well recognised brand, has since set high standards on the direction menswear should take by providing supreme quality in presentation and product. Over 12 years later, the brand continues to hold the number 1 spot as the top menswear brand in Africa with a clientele base of celebrities and business magnates.

The Internet Can Change the Developing World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

Ten years ago, in October 2004, there were 812m internet users worldwide - 12.7 per cent of the global population. The web had 50m sites; a Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg, had just started Facebook, and Flickr had just been launched as a chat room for an online multiplayer game with real-time photo sharing.

West Needs to be Self-sufficient With Its E-waste

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The world of IT is the fast growing one with new gadgets making way into the market every day, be it laptops, phones or personal computers. Rapid development in technology is encouraging equally rapid abandonment of old models of gadgets of personal use. All that's recyclable and considered a 'waste' is landing in Asia's or Africa's backyard.

Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...