Africa

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.

The Unsung Heroes of AIDS Prevention

Ian Linden | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Ian Linden

There is a growing amount known about the role of religion in the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Or, at least, this has been a privileged area in the thin research available on religion and health. But the framing, in the mass media and contemporary debates, of religious interventions in prevention and stigma has meant that very little of it has trickled out of specialist publications.

Cameron To Pledge Support For Somalia

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron will warn that failure to support the rebuilding of Somalia will lead to "terrorism and mass migration" as the international community g...

Turning the 'Resource Curse' Into a Blessing for Education in Africa

Pauline Rose | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK
Pauline Rose

Taking all this into account, the potential gains for education on the back of recent discoveries of natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa are enormous. Several countries, including Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia could reach universal primary education without needing any more aid from donors.

The Dark Secret of the Money Transfer Industry

Dr Ismail Ahmed | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Dr Ismail Ahmed

Within the current climate of cut-backs there has been major debate about foreign aid, and how much or little we should be giving to developing countries while we are facing financial uncertainty at home.

Together We Can End Malaria Deaths and Save Thousands of Lives

Isaiah Owolabi | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Isaiah Owolabi

It's time for us all to act by confronting the reality that there are simple, cost-effective solutions that can make a major difference to the lives of thousands across sub-Saharan Africa. From early diagnosis to prompt treatment, anti-malaria medication and treatments to prevent malaria in pregnancies, there are direct actions that can be taken in countries across the region that will have a disproportionate impact on malaria diagnoses.

The DRC and Sexual Violence: Too Often Forgotten

Sir John Holmes | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

Some places almost never get the attention they deserve. One of these is the Democratic Republic of Congo. A vast country of some 80 million people, at the heart of Africa. It has struggled since independence in 1960 with a poor colonial legacy, cold war manipulations, venal and incompetent governments, and a succession of wars.

World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle Malaria

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

The UK will not stand on the sidelines while millions suffer from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. It's time for the international community to come together yet again and keep up their commitments. We need another decade of action against malaria. The prize could be another million lives saved.