Africa

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...

Plant Village Is Reclaiming Control of Our Crops

Tom Ward | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Tech
Tom Ward

Plant Village is a unique social media site, enabling agriculturalists to easily and freely share information on crop disease in real time. With monthly page views of almost 170,000 unique visitors from 190 countries, Plant Village might just revolutionise the way we produce crops and the way we think about our food.

Somalia 'Without A Health Service' As Medical Charity Pulls Out

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK

The medical aid charity, Médecins Sans Frontières, reputed for working in some of the world's most dangerous areas, is to pull out from Somalia, say...

The Real Remittance Crisis: Skills, Human Expertise and Intellectual Capital Are Critical for Africa's Long-Term Growth

Ade Daramy | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK
Ade Daramy

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently working to equip the population of Sierra Leone with key skills that can be used to help mobilise small-scale economic transformation.

Why the African Union Needs a Makeover

Leo Cendrowicz | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics
Leo Cendrowicz

What did the African Union think of this? Did it call out Mugabe's henchmen for their brazen cheating? Not a bit. It gave a blithe thumbs-up to the election, with the head of the AU observer mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, declaring them "free, honest and credible".

Is This Year's World Elephant Day the Last Chance for Elephants?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Elephant poaching across Africa has reached an unprecedented high and now looks set to wipe out our beloved elephants from the planet in as little as 20 years. Some reports are now suggesting that up to 40,000 elephants are being killed for their tusks each year in Africa alone.

‎The Greatest Cover-Up in History ? How Imperial Britain's Racist India, Africa & China Narrative ‎Still Persists

Abhaey Singh | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Abhaey Singh

"Many hundreds of years before the coming of the English, the nations of India had been a collection of wealthy and highly civilised people, possessed...

Hopes Rise Over Effective Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK

An important step towards an effective malaria vaccine has been taken by scientists who protected volunteers from the bites of disease-carrying mosqui...

The Strategy Behind Godfrey Bloom's 'Bongo Bongo' Remark

Marley Morris | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Marley Morris

Our latest analysis at Counterpoint - a research and advisory group that looks at the social and cultural factors behind different types of risk - suggests that Bloom's attitude fits into UKIP's wider approach in the European Parliament.

Ukip's Season in Bongo Bongo Land

Musa Okwonga | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics
Musa Okwonga

Godfrey Bloom's comments, for which he subsequently expressed regret, are spectacularly racist. To dismiss Africa, a continent of over 50 nations, as "bongo bongo land", is to conjure an image of several million generic dark-skinned beggars anxiously squeezing at the benevolent British teat.

Acid Attack On UK Women On Zanzibar

PA | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK

Two young British women have been attacked with acid on the east African island of Zanzibar, reports say. The women had the corrosive substance thr...

Mugabe's Greatest Hits

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

Robert Mugabe's latest pronouncement, a promise that he will step down should he lose Wednesday's election, represents a rare moment of reflection fro...

Volunteer Stories: Ghana Orphanage, Teaching & Community Health

Frontier | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Everything about the experience was amazing and so different from life in England. The best parts for me were teaching and spending time with the children as it was very rewarding. Travelling at the weekend was amazing as I was able to see such things as waterfalls, national parks and tame crocodiles.

Uganda's Premier Annual Music Video Awards

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

One thing that intrigued me was that it seemed that 99% of all music videos submitted, seemed to come straight from Jamaica, such is the passion of Ugandans brought up on dancehall music. With full patois accents and dancehall dance moves, it was like judging a Caribbean set of acts, as opposed to African. It reminded me of the early UK urban music scene.

A Festival to Highlight the African Diaspora's Contribution to the World

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell

They have a saying in Uganda: "A guest sees more in an hour than a host in a year." So spare a thought for us at African Peoples Advocacy (APA). We will be hosting people, not for an hour, but for five hours on 2nd August, and we are excitedly wondering what our guests will make of this experience.

Gay Marriage and Other Wins for LGBT People Here Are Making Life Worse for Gays and Lesbians in Developing Countries

Alistair Stewart | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alistair Stewart

Of course, no one is saying that battles for same-sex marriage shouldn't be fought in the West and victories celebrated. It would be nice though, that as we toast the successes at home, we don't forget that the struggle for equality, rights and dignity continues elsewhere, and that it is not a struggle that is apart from our own.

Haven't Found Your Dream Job? Create It.

Kiran Yoliswa | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kiran Yoliswa

Just over 12 months ago 'Styled By Africa' was still in its scribble stage. A time when myself and my best friend Alae Ismail were frantically scribbling brainstorms on bits of paper in university libraries between lectures, on the tube, even hiding in cupboards in our part time jobs to discuss our idea over the phone. A year later, and it has grown into a fully-fledged website highlighting creative businesses from Africa...

Through a Continent, Darkly

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Giovanni Vimercati

U.S. President Barack Obama recently made a long-anticipated return to Africa, a continent rich in natural resources and containing a strategic cluster of emerging markets. The unstated but primary aim of his recent trip to Tanzania, Senegal and South Africa was the containment of China's economic influence in the region.

The Post-2015 Agenda Is an Opportunity to Rethink the Terms of Trade in Dealing With the Poor

Alastair Roderick | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Woody Allen once joked that having money was better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. Unfortunately, this often seems to be the view of th...

London's Latest Movers and Shakers in Business, Music and Fashion!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

London's movers and shakers come from meager beginnings to achieve some quite wondrous things! Whether it's in the worlds of business, music or fashio...

100 days of President Kenyatta

Kevin Mbewa Anyango | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK
Kevin Mbewa Anyango

The first 100 days in office for president Kenyatta, his deputy and their Jubilee coalition based on the above 3 points haven't been very encouraging and before my readers start speculating what tribe I am, let's grade the rugby boy, the first ever Kenya President to be on twitter.

Women for Women International Celebrates Grand Opening of Women's Opportunity Centre in Rwanda

Bidisha | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK
Bidisha

Last Friday, Women for Women International opened its landmark Women's Opportunity Centre in Kayonza district, Rwanda. The WOC will serve as a centre of excellence and innovation supporting women's economic and social development in the region through training, employment, and business opportunities.