Africa

VIDEO: Ugandan rapper Burney MC’s unexpected protest song

VIDEO: Ugandan rapper Burney MC’s unexpected protest song

Our guest blogger today is Serginho Roosblad from Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Their My Song series is a weekly multimedia show that tells the personal story behind Africa’s most inspiring songs.  In April 2011, when Ugandans began ditching their cars and public transport to protest disputed elections and rising food and gas prices, Burney MC was getting inspired. The…

3 Facts that reveal Africa’s huge agriculture potential

3 Facts that reveal Africa’s huge agriculture potential

African smallholder farmers are the people that feed Africa – but struggle to feed themselves. How is this possible? We’ve put the top three findings into share graphics to help visually break down this phenomenon and make it easy for you to learn the facts and share them on social media.

African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

We’re launching a pan-African campaign to support smallholder farmers which could help lift 85 million people out of extreme poverty by 2024, provide jobs, and boost the continent’s economy. Find out how to get involved and DO AGRIC.

How African governments can improve land rights

Last month, the advocacy group Global Witness uncovered an alarming story of ordinary citizens who were allegedly assaulted and arrested in Liberia by police, during a protest of land expansion by a UK-based company producing palm oil. While the company denies any wrongdoing, the land in question is communally owned, and this story highlights the…

Go well Madiba, your spirit lives on

The Iroko Tree has fallen… an icon of gigantic proportion, and I’m finding it hard to explain the mix of emotions stirring in me. I mourn President Mandela’s passing because his mere presence elicited a strong sense of forgiveness and cohesion in South Africa and beyond. I ponder how, as human beings privileged enough to…

ONE’s new report: A Growing Opportunity

ONE’s new report: A Growing Opportunity

In a report launched today – a valuable yardstick called, A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture – ONE reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development.

Make yourself heard with ONE’s new ‘You Choose’ campaign says D’banj

This January, two years away from the expiry of the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the post 2015 agenda has already created a buzz in Monrovia and Johannesburg. As Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hosts the United Nations High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development framework this week, I was privileged to have joined an…

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…

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 champions of Africa’s…

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. This information spearheaded efforts by the…