Africa

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.

My Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Frontier | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Madagascar has many different faces. There's the wealth of biodiversity and endemic species such as the famous lemurs, but then there is also the extreme poverty and political instability. Before I arrived on my volunteering placement, I didn't really know what to expect; I'd never been out of Europe before so everything was a new experience.

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?