Africa

Now Playing: ONE Africa Award Finalist Videos

As many of you know, we recenlty announced the winner of the 2012 ONE Africa Award in Dar es Salaam. While that was an incredible high—to acknowledge the amazing work of not only the winner but out other four finalists—what’s been more gratifying is the work behind the scenes to tell these organizations’ stories in&he......

Africa Kicks Malaria: How football stars are outscoring malaria

Guest blog post from Malaria No More. Last summer the Confederation of African Football endorsed United Against Malaria partnership – of which Malaria No More is a key member – as a premier social cause of the most-followed events in Africa: the 2013 Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament. The most revered cha......

Making transparency work for development in Nigeria

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) recently announced that it has recovered US$443 million of the $2.6 billion owed to the government as revenue by oil and gas companies. Audits produced for the period 1999 to 2008 uncovered huge discrepancies in reported payments and receipts......

African Voices: Elizabeth Kabach

Elizabeth Kabach, 37 Community Health Volunteer, Farmer and Mother, Batuisa, Builsa District, Ghana I am a community health volunteer from Batuisa. If any accidents happen, they usually call me to see if I can help. But the road to my place is very bad. Here, we don’t have cars, we only use bicycles. If anybody…...

What Africa can learn from Ghana’s peaceful election

Ghana is a country I’ve come to admire profoundly for its democratic credentials over the last five elections since 1992. And now, I have seen that country successfully transfer power for the sixth time in a row without an implosion. Ghana has done it again… it’s pulled off yet another peaceful election last week on......

“Rural-Proofing” South Africa’s Laws

On the day we’ve announced the winner of the 2012 ONE Africa Award, we also look at our final runner-up, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). With two-and-a-half staff members RHAP has made a name for itself in South African policy and medical circles in less than two years. Seeking an avenue for their voices to be heard......

Positive-Generation gets top prize at Africa Award ceremony

Positive-Generation, a Cameroon-based advocacy organization that fights for health rights for HIV-positive people, received the $100,000 prize for the 2012 ONE Africa Award today at the GAVI Alliance Partners Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The annual award is given to the African organisation that shows the most promise in......

Combating HIV in Turkana County, Kenya – a personal view

The following is a guest blog from Dr. Allan Mayi who is a Senior Technical Advisor (ART) with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and coordinates the EGPAF – Tunaweza Project based in Lodwar, Turkana County (Kenya). I have been working with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) for the l......

Working as partners to save lives

The following is a guest blog from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Board Chair Dagfinn Hoybraten As I was writing my new book, my granddaughter of 6 asked me what I was up to. I am writing my book, I said. What is it on? She asked. On what grandpa thinks is…...

World Toilet Day is no joke for 1 in 3 women

The following is a guest blog from Fleur Anderson, Head of Campaigns at Water Aid in support of World Toilet Day 2012. World Toilet Day is on 19th November and sounds a bit of a joke, but this is half the problem. Sanitation is a word we don’t often use, and toilets are something not…...
What makes you angry?

What makes you angry?

Many things in our modern lives make us angry: long queues at the supermarket, missing the last bus, traffic jams, difficult to open packaging. Sometimes though, it’s worth taking stock and considering something we should be really angry about – energy poverty.

Revealing Africa’s ‘Hidden Growth’

Strong economic growth in Africa is no longer a new or unexpected story. Between 2000 and 2010, Africa was home to six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies.  Last year, growth across sub-Saharan Africa was almost 5% and total GDP was $1.27 trillion. What’s more, these trends are set to continue, with regional gro......

Canada’s ‘Globe and Mail’ helping to improve Africa’s image

Close your eyes and picture Africa. What do you see? Starving children? Drought? Conflict? If so, it’s not your fault. Quite often, it’s the only image painted by the media. Keep track of most mainstream news source’s coverage of Africa and you’ll rarely find anything other than stories of the impoverished and victimi......

Five tests for David Cameron in 2013

A world in which 870 million people are chronically undernourished is not best served by small thinking. That’s why it is entirely fitting that in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, David Cameron sets out a vision to make this the generation that eradicates absolute poverty. What seemed a few decades ago to be an idle piped......