Africa

Destruction & Humanity: Unbreakable Bonds?

Stephanie Allen | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Stephanie Allen

It's the thirteenth year into the Millennium and despite advances in technology, ease of travel and the emergence of more hobbies and fitness classes ...

What Xi Jinping's Diplomatic Agenda Tells Us About the Emerging World Order

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

The economic crisis paining Europe and the U.S. is surely one of the factors that has pushed China in new directions in its search for trade partners. Especially if thinking of the long term, China has to expand its network beyond the struggling American and European markets.

Peace in Mali Needs More Than More Troops

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The French military intervention in Mali since mid-January and much of the official discussion of Mali in the UN and among Western governments seem to have been driven by a quite narrow and short-term view of the issues the country faces. As in anything, if the problem is mis-diagnosed, the solution will probably mis-fire.

Industrialisation Is Key to Fighting Poverty

Ivor Ichikowitz | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
Ivor Ichikowitz

A new industrial revolution is required to lift developing economies from poverty.

'We Got Lucky, They Didn't' - Is It Really as Simple as Comic Relief Would Have Us Believe?

Richard Moran | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Moran

At the end of the film Nighy tries to explain the situation by stating "we got lucky, they didn't, it's kind of that simple". It isn't that simple though, and explanations such a this force people to rely on a logic of bad fortune to explain why people are forced to live in these conditions.

The World's Poorest Children Are Paying a High Price for Scholarships

Pauline Rose | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

For many donor countries, a large proportion of 'aid' never leaves their country. Spending this money on education in the world's poorest countries could go a long way to giving the 132 million out-of-school children and adolescents the chance for a better future

The Final Push for a Loophole-Less Arms Trade Treaty

Ben Donaldson | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Donaldson

In November last year, UN member states voted overwhelmingly in favour of finalising a global Arms Trade Treaty in March 2013. The creation of such a treaty could significantly reduce the armed violence caused by weapons falling into the hands of criminals, insurgents and human rights abusers.

Seeing Is Believing - Abandonment of FGC in Senegal

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

A fortnight ago I announced that the UK, through the Department for International Development, would throw its weight behind the global movement to finally bring an end Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Momentum is building and I firmly believe we have a chance to end the practice within a generation...

Africa: The Solution To Austerity

Mohammed Ansar | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Mohammed Ansar

Tribalism and religion has always been exploited as a pretext to economic and imperial ambitions. We have always known this but how quick we are to ...

Current Developed Countries May Be Underdeveloped, After All

Austin Aneke | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics
Austin Aneke

So, what is really happening in the Northern hemisphere? Why are nations referred as developed, in huge trouble? Is it because of the rise of China and India; the end of colonialism, and progressive coming to an end of neo-colonialism; and the decryption of western technological secrets by some emerging markets, leading to a new world economic order?

Remembering 1994 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Rwanda

Stuart Forster | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

We're approaching 19 years since the start of one of the most shocking episodes of recent world history, the Rwandan Genocide.

This World Water Day, Let's Not Forget It's a Luxury for Some

Jane Labous | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jane Labous

World Water Day is today, a time to pause and appreciate a substance that is available to us so freely and cheaply in the developed world. It is a day to address the fact that 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water - representing roughly one in ten of the world's population.

Putting the Patient's Perspective at the Heart of Healthcare in Africa

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Healthcare in Africa is changing. While the continent still shoulders the greatest burden of communicable diseases, its economic growth is lifting millions out of poverty and creating an urban middle class which is demanding more from healthcare and government.

Surely People Don't Die From a Toothache?

Mark Topley | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Mark Topley

It is 2013 and people are still dying from untreated dental decay. Two of our teams have just returned from the regions of Musoma and Bukoba in Tanzania, where for 10 days they have been training local health workers in emergency dentistry.

New Boss: Not Quite the Same as the Old Boss

William Davie | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

On the surface, Pope Francis bears many similarities to his predecessor. The Cardinals it seems stuck to the traditional model, an elderly white man. But that only accounts for physical similarity. Beneath the surface however, the newly elected Pope Francis couldn't be more different from the Pope Emeritus.

Why 'Race' Is Fiction

Bonnie Greer | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

We know this: that all art is the product of the modern human brain with its beginnings, over 100,000 years ago, in Africa. There, our species Homo sapiens sapiens evolved before spreading out around the globe to become the most successful animal ever. Those who migrated to the icy lands of Europe encountered Neanderthal people who, having evolved there over such a long period, had probably developed fair skin. The dark skinned, fully modern migrants who interbred with them produced the first figurative art in Europe. They themselves, in turn, gradually became fairer as they adapted to life at higher latitudes. Those are the facts. This is fiction: 'Race'.

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

In Africa, Solar Offers Much More Than Clean Energy

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

In Africa, a solar revolution with different motivation is underway. Whereas in Europe, solar is part of the renewable energy mix that will help wean the European Union off CO2, in Africa, many people have not heard about climate change and a similar impetus does not exist for tackling fossil fuel dependency. In Africa a more urgent desire exists simply to 'develop'.

Technical Innovation Will Redefine Middle East and Africa Within Decades

Ivor Ichikowitz | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Tech
Ivor Ichikowitz

The face of the Middle East is changing fast. Our grandchildren will not recognise the image we currently have of a region with an overwhelming dependence on oil for its vast wealth.

Kenya: Democracy on Trial

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It is in the nature of elections that they divide people. They force us to make choices, and in fragile societies with divided communities, those divisions can be dangerous, which is why so often elections can lead to violence.

Gleneagles Didn't Change Africa, Africa Changed Africa

Alastair Roderick | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I was actually at the launch of the Commission for Africa in May 2005. While the Commission made a big show about having African input into the consultations, I couldn't help but notice that the Ethiopian I was sat next to was one of the few Africans in the audience. Everyone else seemed much of a piece: officials from BINGOs (Big NGOs), western journalists, a few civil servants, and Labour Party workers.

Against All Odds: Kenya's Effort to Ensure Disabled People Are Active in the General Election

Hannah Wanja Maina | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Wanja Maina

With today's historic elections in Kenya - the first since the announcement of the new constitution in August 2010 - I was interested to find out if the country had endeavoured to hold true to this aspiration. Has the Kenyan government taken steps to make sure that disabled people are included in this election?

Delivery and Democracy in Sierra Leone

Dr Malte Gerhold | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Malte Gerhold

In the week that Kenyans went to the polls I was reminded of a morning three months ago walking through the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The pace of the country's capital was not at its usual frantic level. Queues were steadily forming around voting booths, observers busy checking materials, and polling station staff working from morning to late into the night. It was the 17 November 2012, election day in Sierra Leone.

Kenya's Election Must Give Women the Space to Vote and Stand as Candidates for a True Celebration on International Women's Day

Violet Muthiga | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK
Violet Muthiga

Sauti Ya Wanawake (Voice for Women) is working in the coastal region of Kenya to educate women about the electoral process and provide advice on staying safe on the day. As a non-partisan organisation, we are calling on all parties to hold peaceful campaigns and for the authorities to ensure sufficient police presence at the polling stations so that women and men feel safe when voting.

Why the Media is Murdering South Africa's Image......

Amanda Willard | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK
Amanda Willard

In the midst of this media frenzy of blame centred on the 'paranoid' South African society and its unhealthy love of guns, the simple fact is that for many people in South Africa this isn't their reality.