Ten Unmissable Aspects of Africa

Amanda Marks | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Marks

The wildlife of the African savannah is what comes most readily to mind for most people thinking of Africa. Heading off on safari to spot lions, elephants, zebras, antelope and other plains game is an exhilarating experience.

On Faith and Secularism

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Perhaps the poor do have more to gain from faith then the middle classes, and religion for all its good and bad will not give way to secularism in Africa.

Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women

Peter Ryan | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Peter Ryan

Microfinancing is a great example of this development in progress. Funding initiatives are making it easier for Zambians to access small, affordable loans to help them to help themselves. The MicroLoan Foundation for example, which I founded twelve years ago, is committed to helping tackle poverty through encouraging independence, rather than dependence

World Savings Day: 2.5bn People Have No Access to Formal Financial Services - Are They Missing Much?

Samantha Washington | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Samantha Washington

Financial enfranchisement and saving is the most effective way to reduce the number living in poverty. For those living on less than $2 a day, which is less than my daily coffee, there are now grass roots programmes in place to create a savings culture.

The Anti-Gay Law: Uganda's Shame

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Anna Bacciarelli

At the start of this week Uganda's President heralded a new low for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country by passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 10 January 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

2013 is now done with, like so many turkey carcasses, Roses tins and Christmas specials (unless they're on Dave, of course). So while the R&D department at Mattel feel the pressure of having only one more year before everyone wants a hoverboard, the rest of us have to contend with the kind of weather that have made these isles look like a Kevin Costner movie set...

Zambian Opposition Leader Charged With Defamation For the Comparing President To A Potato

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The leader of the Zambian opposition has been arrested and charged with defamation after reportedly likening the president to a sweet potato. Fran...

Motorbikes Can Help Save Lives

Ross Noble | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Ross Noble

Riding motorbikes is a great leveller. It doesn't matter who you are, what you do, or where you're from, motorbikes really bond people. But they do more than that. They can also save lives. It's no secret that I love mucking about on bikes; I work with a UK charity called Riders for Health (RFH) and when I heard they needed a hand taking a bike to a health worker in a remote African village - I was more than happy to help. Riders for Health is a brilliant organisation providing off-road motorcycles for health workers all over rural Zambia. Thousands of people wouldn't get healthcare if it wasn't for them.

Joining Forces in the Fight for the Right to the City

Caroline Elliot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Caroline Elliot

As regional leaders next week gather for the African economic conference in Johannesburg, within post-apartheid's wealthiest province, the leader of some of South Africa's poorest communities prepares to join forces with allies overseas in the bid for justice and the right to the city.

From Producing Reports Nobody Read to Helping Villagers In Zambia

Adele Barlow | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ben initially planned a 12-month sabbatical so that he had a back-up plan but in reality knew it was highly unlikely that he would ever go back. Originally he planned to spend three months doing something that used his knowledge followed by a ski season in the Alps.

Tax Dodging and Global Poverty: What the G8 Must Deliver

Melanie Ward | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

Over the next two days leaders of the G8, the world's eight richest countries, will meet to discuss reforming the global tax system. Over these 48 hours, developing countries will lose £1.4billion to tax dodging.

The Opportunity to End Child Hunger and Malnutrition Is Now

David Bull | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
David Bull

Peter is just one of many millions of children who have not had access to the right nutrients in their first 1,000 days of life. Without this crucial nutrition in their first days and years, they cannot develop mentally and physically. Peter is just one of 165million children facing a life of lost potential and pain.

Sweet Nothings: The Human Cost of Tax Avoidance in Africa

Melanie Ward | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

Tax avoidance doesn't just damage the UK. It hurts ordinary people across the globe, wherever they live. A new piece of research by ActionAid has shown the activities of one British food company to be leeching vital funds from Zambia, one of the world's poorest countries.

Why You Should Visit Africa During the Rainy Season

Mark Hodson | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Imagine going on an expensive safari only to find you've landed in the rainy season. Not a good result, you might think. But in southern Africa it could be a smart idea.

How Sport Relief Cash Is Changing Lives in Zambia

Pixie Lott | Posted 15.02.2013 | Home
Pixie Lott

Millions of women in the UK earn a living by running their own business. But for women living in Zambia's overcrowded and filthy slums it's almost impossible to earn enough to feed their families, let alone start a business. Thankfully, a project called the People's Process On Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ), which is supported by money raised through Sport Relief, is giving some of the country's poorest families the chance to change their futures.

Zambia: Women's Empowerment and Survivors of Gender-based Violence

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

60% of Zambians live on less than $1 a day. In rural Zambia, 57% live in extreme poverty and are unable to meet basic food needs. Through the social protection programme, 99,000 recipients (84% of them women) will be reached by 2015 - over 60% supported by UK aid.

On the UN Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Physical and sexual abuse of women is a global scourge, that transcends borders. From the UK, where one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime to Zambia, where 47% of women have suffered gender-based violence.

A Suitable Match: The Zambian Feminists Who Are Standing Up for Girl Power

Jane Labous | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

It was in the middle of an east African afternoon, beneath a mango tree shaded from the hazy sun, that I met Gladys Phiri, 32, history teacher, single mother and, it soon became apparent, cheerfully outspoken feminist here in a country where, as elsewhere in Africa, the rules are dictated by men, for men.

Zambia's Children Get a Sound Education

Uzma Sulaiman | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK
Uzma Sulaiman

It's one of the cardinal rules when you're interviewing - detach yourself from the interviewee. Ask questions, take notes, but never get emotionally involved in the story. To put it simply, it isn't professional to have a vested interest in the person's life. I've always upheld this rule, that was until I met Nanjeke.

How Corporate Tax Dodging Robs The Poor

Reverend Suzanne Matale | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Politics
Reverend Suzanne Matale

In a developing country like mine, Zambia, the need for this money is even more vital. Life expectancy is 48, adult illiteracy is at 35% and the infant mortality rate is nearly 20%. On top of that we are also suffering the effects of climate change, water-borne diseases and malnourishment.

Time for Tax Dodging Multinationals to Learn From Jimmy Carr

Joe Ware | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

Good for Jimmy Carr. In the face of a national outcry and a Twitterstorm of protest at revelations that he uses tax havens to pay as little as 1% income tax, the acid tongued comedian has seen the error of his ways and apologised.

Ask Not What China Wants From Africa, But What Africa Wants From China

Rachael Akidi | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK
Rachael Akidi

During the last three years alone, China has given more loans to developing countries, mainly in Africa, than the World Bank. Trade between China and the continent has increased in the last decade, more than six-fold to $120bn in 2011, making China Africa's largest trade partner. While China's renewed activities in Africa have been applauded by many African leaders as an alternative to Western economic and political dominance, not everyone is comfortable with the so-called "partnership". China's engagement with Africa is viewed with suspicion especially in the West, with some commentators and politicians describing it as a new imperialist.

Spirit Lifting Swims

Posted 23.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Everybody loves swimming in the sea, but it's not the only place that offers amazing opportunities to take the plunge. From geothermal hot springs in...