East Africa

Rwanda Starts Its Engine of Green Growth

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York...

The Frantic Desire for Life That Thrives at the Heart of Every Calamity: Rwanda, Twenty Years On

Alastair Roderick | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

The genocide ultimately reminded the world that Africa is still part of the geostrategic calculation - of which Rwanda's migration from Francosphere to Anglosphere is merely totemic...

Plane Sent For Stranded Brits As Violence Flares In South Sudan Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK

An aeroplane is on its way to South Sudan to evacuate Britons from the war-torn country, the Foreign Office (FO) has said. Fighting has spread thro...

A Joint East African Visa May Just Be the Ticket to Kick Start Life-Changing Developments

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Wycliffe Sande

It was announced that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed a joint tourist visa, opening up all three countries to visitors, much like the Schengen visa system in Europe. Sadly the visa does not yet include Tanzania, which means visitors will now have to pay extra for the Tanzanian leg of their East African safari, but hopefully this will change in the due course.

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.

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.

East African Women on FGM: "Sometimes They Just Call You Lazy"

Musa Okwonga | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK
Musa Okwonga

Each of these women had undergone FGM early in their lives, and now, encouraged by my mother, they were talking frankly about how they felt. One of them spoke of the agony that the procedure still caused her three decades later.

Kenya: Democracy on Trial

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It is in the nature of elections that they divide people. They force us to make choices, and in fragile societies with divided communities, those divisions can be dangerous, which is why so often elections can lead to violence.

Kenya's Election Must Give Women the Space to Vote and Stand as Candidates for a True Celebration on International Women's Day

Violet Muthiga | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK
Violet Muthiga

Sauti Ya Wanawake (Voice for Women) is working in the coastal region of Kenya to educate women about the electoral process and provide advice on staying safe on the day. As a non-partisan organisation, we are calling on all parties to hold peaceful campaigns and for the authorities to ensure sufficient police presence at the polling stations so that women and men feel safe when voting.

Kenyan Street Vendors Will Vote for Peace

Caroline Elliot | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Caroline Elliot

The horror of the previous ballots seems to have left a superstition in the country - that the word 'election' cannot be used without being followed within the next 30 seconds by 'peace'.

Will Kenya Avoid a Repeat of the Poll Violence of 2007?

Lexi Finnigan | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lexi Finnigan

The key to this election surely lies in the losing candidate's ability to concede. Concession is critical in guaranteeing a peaceful outcome and preventing a backlash of violence. Should a re-vote be called for, the maintenance of peace should take priority.

Education and Kenya's Election: Let's Hear How to Help the Excluded

Pauline Rose | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

About a third of Nairobi's population - around 1 million people - live in slums. These settlements are deemed "illegal," so they are not recognized in government plans for schools. Household poverty, poor child health and nutrition and extensive child labour provide formidable barriers to education.

Somali Piracy - Misguided Complacency By the International Community?

Thomas Hauschildt | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Hauschildt

The presence of EU, NATO and other naval forces did not completely solve the problem of piracy, but reduced the risk for ships significantly. As of now four ships and 108 hostages are still under the control of the pirates.

Why an Eighties Christmas Hit Still Resonates Today

Jennifer Howze | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK
Jennifer Howze

Supporting ONE and the programs it fights for is less about charitable handouts and more about hopeful investment in the future, for the countries they help as well as our own.

Planet Appetite: On Safari in Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa

Rupert Parker | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

As the dusk approaches we stop for a sundowner and then join the rest of the guests for a bush barbecue under the stars. Next morning, it's an early start to go out on foot for a game walk. Now, you might think this is slightly risky, but we do have an armed guard and only potential danger is a few distant elephants.

Soccer Aid: Together as a Team We Can Save Children’s Lives

David Bull | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Sport
David Bull

Even for the non football fans amongst us, it would have been hard to not get caught up in the drama that unfolded on our screens over the weekend as Manchester City clinched the Premiership title from their neighbours by the narrowest of margins. So dramatic were those last few moments, the sense of elation and despair of the fans and players was almost palpable. In its finest hour, football really can make you feel like you are part of something big.

Tanzania: Economic Growth and Improving the Community

Ivan Lewis MP | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics
Ivan Lewis MP

For a country like Tanzania, support for the improvement of healthcare systems and educational provision is crucial, but it is also crucial that we empower people and give them the power to build themselves a better standard of living.

African Food Crisis: Our Ability to Save Children's Lives Depends on the Spotlight of the Media

David Bull | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK
David Bull

This week Save the Children and Oxfam released a damning report about the failure of the international community to heed the warnings of the spreading nutritional crisis in East Africa quickly enough. This "dangerous delay" they say, cost lives.

A Day in the Life of a Campaigner

Ruth Dawkins | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Dawkins

A normal Wednesday for me usually involves some laundry, some grocery shopping, maybe a walk in the park, and a jigsaw or a game of hide and seek with my toddler son. Yesterday was a little different. I went to Downing Street.

We Need to Talk About Niger's Famine

Rheal Drisdelle | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK
Rheal Drisdelle

The fact remains though that we need to talk about famine. Perhaps not in the technical UN-defined sense of the word. But in the dictionary sense of the word: extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area. With so many lives potentially at stake, now is not the time to dodge the issue.

The Price Of Delay: Response To East Africa Famine 'Cost Lives'

PA | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Politics

Thousands of lives and millions of pounds were lost needlessly because of a "dangerous delay" in the response to the East Africa famine, a report has ...

Help End Extreme Hunger With Save the Children

Ruth Dawkins | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Dawkins

Just less than a month ago, we moved house from Edinburgh to the South East of England, so that my husband could start his new job with Save the Children. Ever since then our 2 and a half-year-old son Tom has been working really hard to understand what his dad's new job is all about.

Kate Refuses To Try Paste Fed To Starving Africans On Unicef Village

PA | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been offered a taste of a special high-protein peanut paste which is sent to malnourished children in Africa. ...

How Plan UK can Help East Africa's Drought Victims

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Dr Miriam Stoppard

Sarah Mace, who works in Plan's Disaster Management Unit looking after East Africa, has recently been out to Kenya. She says that you can feel the impact of the drought everywhere. In some areas in East Africa, it hasn't rained for three years.

'Occupy' Really is a Global Movement

Marcus Moore | Posted 22.12.2011 | UK
Marcus Moore

Camp Anonymous in East Africa is intending to join the global movement known as Occupy. They've got tents, some basic sanitation and people wandering ...