Africa

A Disaster Resilient Planet? Living With Disability and Disasters

Hannah Wanja Maina | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Hannah Wanja Maina

We live in a precarious world. Disasters caused by floods, cyclones and earthquakes have become an increasingly common occurrence. Being involved in a disaster is terrifying. Think about how much more terrifying it can be if you have a disability...

Day of the Girl: Why Defeating Malaria Is About More Than Just Saving Lives

James Whiting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Whiting

Friday is the Day of the Girl - a moment to recognise that children, especially girls, despite their own enormous determination, often face insurmountable challenges to fulfilling their potential. They face wholly undeserved social, cultural and economic barriers. Although there are more obvious girl-specific barriers, in much of Africa malaria is one of the greatest single obstacles to the fulfilment of a girl's potential - and one of the cheapest to remedy. Not only is it one of the biggest killers of children under five (around half a million children a year in Africa), but for those who survive the bout of malaria, it can be recurrently debilitating for years afterwards.

My Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving Experience

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I chose to do the marine wildlife conservation project in Madagascar because not only do I want to work as a marine biologist in the future but being a qualified diver already and having a natural love for the ocean, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer working on it!

Taxing Plastic Bags Is a Step in the Right Direction

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

Just because you can't see those plastic bags hiding in the cupboard under the sink, in a bin or buried in a landfill, it doesn't mean the problem has gone away. No matter how developed your economy and society, plastic is a real cause of concern.

Launching a $500Million Fund As the First Step to Lift 200Million Africans Out of Poverty

Ozwald Boateng | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Ozwald Boateng

With Africa aspiring, Africa rising, no longer a hopeless continent of poverty amongst oceans of prosperity, in Obama's Presidency; it is time to forge a new relationship between Africa and America.

Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

Mike Baker | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable. Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one death every 10 minutes and where tragically children under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk of dying.

From Producing Reports Nobody Read to Helping Villagers In Zambia

Adele Barlow | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ben initially planned a 12-month sabbatical so that he had a back-up plan but in reality knew it was highly unlikely that he would ever go back. Originally he planned to spend three months doing something that used his knowledge followed by a ski season in the Alps.

Lumumba's Assassination Should Be a Lesson for All of Us

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

It seems that the African continent's name is so much associated with wars, famine, ethnic cleansing and brutal corrupt dictatorships. That's what we keep hearing in the Western mainstream media and that's what we get from the Western political discourse.

Five Reasons Why Villages in Kenya Need Technology

Kevin Mbewa Anyango | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech
Kevin Mbewa Anyango

Technology is not just needed in the business sector or in the 'Western' countries but more so in developing countries. Following are 5 reasons why my village in Kenya needs technology...

I Witnessed How War Continues to Affect Generations of Children

Sarah Alexander | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Sarah Alexander

Recent conflicts have meant that children of war are quite rightly at the forefront of everyone's minds, and I want to tell you how we can help them. I recently saw with my own eyes just how devastating the long-term effects of war are on generations of children when I travelled with ActionAid to Sierra Leone.

Kenya: International Criminal Justice is Failing Just as it is Needed Most

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

A strong Kenya is a regional and geostrategic priority given the challenge of security in Somalia and the Greater Horn, and the general economic rise of Africa. The case that supporters of the ICC and those who argue for ever-greater expansion of its mandate need to demonstrate is one of working with the grain of a complex world, not against it.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

British-Australian Architect And Pregnant Partner Killed In Kenya

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK

An award-winning British-Australian architect Ross Langdon and his Harvard-educated pregnant partner, Elif Yavuz were among those killed in the brutal...

Six-Hour Jail Term For Pregnant Girl Who Killed Her Rapist Father

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

A court in Uganda has sentenced a young girl to a six-hour jail term for killing her rapist father after she suffered years of abuse. The prosecuti...

Asia Is Still Worth the Hype - and Lessons Sub-Saharan Africa Can Learn From It

Barbara Njau | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Barbara Njau

Similar scenes like this will likely be replicated at WEF's Forum in China this week, where local and foreign government leaders and multinational executives have descended upon Dalian, in northeastern China, to attend what has been dubbed as the "Summer Davos".

Access for All

Claire Blackburn | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

The treatment of malnutrition has revolutionised over the last few years, with the development of Ready to-Use Therapeutic Foods meaning more children than ever can receive life-saving treatment at home, in the comfort of their own community. However, as I recently discovered when I visited West Pokot in Kenya, there are still a high number of malnourished children who are not yet accessing treatment.

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Why 'The White Man's Burden' Has Less Factual Authority than 'Looney Tunes' - The Baffling Imperial Myths About India, Africa & the Developing World

Abhaey Singh | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

As highlighted in the fourth instalment of this India series, Dickensian imagery of Victorian slums, mass squalor and destitution, as well as the inst...

Sink or Swim - Freetown's Notorious Rainy Season

Charlie Habershon | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

Freetown's dramatic topography is stunning, but it also adds to the problem. The city is set back into mountains leaving limited space for the cities bulging population. This has led to the growth of makeshift housing in slum areas by the water's edge.

Somaliland: Host to One of the World's Most Remarkable Artistic Gatherings

Ayan Mahamoud | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ayan Mahamoud

The International Book Fair is just another step in putting down the foundations that a stable and democratic country needs. In a troubled region, Somaliland has shown what can be achieved with determination.

Capitalism or Aid: Which has Lifted More People out of Poverty?

Alastair Roderick | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

So aid is done, right? Let's pack up and go home. Not so fast. As always with stories that can be condensed into an hour-long lecture, and even more for stories that can be condensed into a five-minute opinion broadcast, the picture is somewhat greyer.

14 Schoolchildren Robbed At Gunpoint In Tanzania Ambush

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A school trip took a nasty turn after a group of 16 students were robbed at gunpoint during a roadside ambush on an expedition in Africa. Money, ca...

Social Impact Insights: Andrea Coleman, CEO & Co-Founder of Riders for Health

Carlos Miranda | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Accepted stats claim that there are roughly 180,000 registered charities and about 60,000 social enterprises across the UK. Odds are that as you read this blog post, some enterprising and socially minded individual is busy registering a new charity or social enterprise.

A Modest Case for Unsustainable Development

Alastair Roderick | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Alastair Roderick

The central question of the Post-2015 process is how to protect the successes made in poverty reduction and replicate this in the environmental sphere...