Africa

End Hunger in Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Davinder Kumar

The mood in Addis Ababa is a mix of anticipation and sheer optimism. Today, African and international leaders are meeting in a historic summit at the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital with the sole mandate to meet their biggest challenge - to end hunger in Africa by 2025.

The Latest Tool for Women Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Cherie Blair | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

Only 4% of women in Tanzania work in formal employment and only 5% have access to financing from banks, leaving them with fewer resources to invest in their businesses. These challenges stem from a number of gaps where women tend to be left behind in East Africa, such as insufficient business management skills, marketing know-how, networks and access to capital. Often women are pushed into running a business as a last resort rather than making the choice themselves. There are huge demands placed on women in East Africa in particular and yet they are offered little support.

The African Women Who Are Turning Their Backs on FGM

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

"I wanted to save lives not put them at risk." That's what a former female genital cutter told me during a visit to Kenya this week, as she explained why she downed her tools and instead became a birth attendant. I believe this woman should be celebrated for taking such a brave stance against the centuries-old tradition of female genital mutilation. And she's not alone.

PICS: Hilariously Awful Ghanaian Cinema Posters

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Comedy

By the 1980s, cinema in a lot of the Western world had already been firmly established and become a part of everyday life. In the African country ...

To Survive and Reproduce

Elizabeth Turner | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Elizabeth Turner

Africa's wildlife is what sets the continent apart from the rest of the world. It is their best resource. With many areas tormented by political dispute, poverty and an on-going battle with the demon that is HIV, it seems that the people of Africa need to realise the significance of what remains. So why is it then that they can so easily be seen as passive in its destruction?

Healing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions For Tackling Drought In Africa

Bidisha | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Bidisha

The poorest people are affected by these issues the most - in particular, women and children. Lack of water leads to the failure of crops which would be eaten or sold at market; the absence or extreme diminution of these can lead to starvation and poverty.

Aisha, Uganda - 'When You Are a Woman You Have No Voice'

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

Aisha, a mother of five, has been suffering domestic violence from her husband for more than 15 years. I met and interviewed her at the Center For Domestic Violence in Kampala. This is her story.

The Internet in Ghana; A More Colourful Web

Charlie Morris | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Tech
Charlie Morris

Bright garish websites are the rage, with buttons shouting out to be pushed and menus flashing their wares. It's an interesting reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that good visual design might not be universal, but local.

Only Industrial Partnerships Can Unleash Africa's Growth for the World

Ivor Ichikowitz | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Ivor Ichikowitz

Africa's time is now but its full potential can only be unleashed by those brave enough to forge true partnerships. As economies stumble and fail around the world, the continent is the chief source of hope for global growth but the world's most powerful leaders are ignoring the truth. China's rise is slowing.

A Climate Change Wake Up Call From the World Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Joe Ware

The World Bank should also look in the mirror and learn lessons from its own report. Currently it schizophrenically recognises the dangers of climate change while investing billions of dollars every year in coal, oil and gas projects

Breakthrough Innovation Offers Opportunity to Tackle Global Food Crisis

Nick van de Giesen | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK
Nick van de Giesen

Hence, the ambitious TAHMO project we are pioneering which requires the installation of 20,000 measuring stations, each one costing only 500 dollars, at intervals of 30 kilometres. The new weather stations, based upon latest cost-effective technology, will measure all standard meteorological variables (rainfall, radiation, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction).

Something Truly New Out of Africa

Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell

What I find depressingly familiar about the IF campaign is that underlying this movement is the long-standing misrepresentation of underdeveloped countries in general, and Africa in particular, as places full of helpless individuals in need of salvation.

Who Is Benefitting From Africa's Economic Boom?

Rachael Akidi | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
Rachael Akidi

What do Ethiopia, Mozambique and Angola have in common? Well just under two decades ago, the stories that emerged from these three countries pretty much summed up the state of most of the African continent at the time. Two decades later, the same countries are not only in the news, but on every economic analyst's list.

The Dying Art of Beauty: Skin Bleaching

Naila Missous | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naila Missous

The glamorisation of the 'white face' because of western values inflicted upon Asian and Black cultures contribute to low self-esteem, mental illness and always wanting to be like the 'others'. How did being light or fair-skinned ever evolve to becoming the standard of beauty?

Reductions in Aid Jeopardise Schooling for Millions of Children

Pauline Rose | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK
Pauline Rose

Millions of children may be denied access to school due to reductions in aid, according to new data released today in a new policy paper from the EFA Global Monitoring Report team and the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS).

Bill Gates, Dambisa Moyo, and Books that Promote Evil

Austin Aneke | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK
Austin Aneke

During a recent Q & A session at the University of South Wales, Bill Gates sharply criticised Dambisa Moyo's book "Dead Aid", and said that such book ...

WATCH: Penguins Don Traditional African Dress

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

This flock of penguins are wearing traditional African dress to welcome 50 of the continent’s leaders to Japan. The birds were decked out in the...

Slipping Through the Net: The Illegal Online Wildlife Trade

Divya Khan | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
Divya Khan

Though the illicit wildlife trade is nowhere near as large and lucrative as drugs or arms, it is there: The fact that people don't feel the need to resort as much to the Dark Web to sell ivory suggests that too many loopholes in the law around wildlife trade are allowing people to disguise illegal products as though they are perfectly legal.

'Google Blimps' May Blanket Africa With WiFi

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Tech

Google may use a fleet of blimps to bring long-range WiFi signals to developing parts of Africa. In a post on its official Africa blog, the search ...

African Union at 50: Has It Been Good for Peace?

Phil Vernon | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

At its onset in 1963, the OAU was a vehicle for pan-African solidarity at a time of liberation struggle. Its successor, the AU, is part of the international peacebuilding system. It has made a significant contribution to peace in Africa.

Renewable Energy: The Oxygen of Africa's Growth and Development

Kristine Pearson | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Kristine Pearson

Energy poverty, or energy injustice, at that time was simply known as "life". Everyday challenges largely went unnoticed by women walking long distances to collect firewood and inhaling wood smoke from cooking or kerosene fumes from rough-hewn tin lamps. This situation is changing fast.

The Mysterious Lives of Globetrotting Birds

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Migratory birds make seemingly impossible journeys thousands of kilometres long. They cross oceans, high mountains and barren deserts to exploit the northern summer bounty and raise their hungry chicks.

Amanda, Gina and Michelle Are Out of the Attic But 140Million More Girls Need Setting Free

Jane Labous | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

Every two seconds, somewhere in the world, a girl becomes a child bride. Every two seconds, girls just like Amanda, Gina and Michelle are effectively being abducted, but their stories don't ever make the news.

Time to Build a Brighter Future for Young Somalis

Tony Baldry | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

The reality is that two-thirds of Somalis are under 25. A huge number of these young people are fed up with living in conditions of grinding poverty, with little prospect of work. The challenges facing Somalia are enormous.

International Aid: The Case for Innovation

Ashish Prashar | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Like Justine Greening, I can't understand the arguments made by some against spending 0.7% of GNI to relieve suffering overseas. They should remember that 7p in every £10 is a small slice of our national income when compared with the spectre of people dying unnecessarily, living without access to education or even clean water.