Africa

Kedibone Mdolo, South Africa’s Own TB-Fighting Superhero

Kedibone Mdolo, South Africa’s Own TB-Fighting Superhero

In fall 2008, Kedibone contracted TB on the job – an experience that changed her life forever. Now a passionate advocate for TB, she works tirelessly to empower patients and practitioners to combat stigma and “beat TB together.”
Ebola, one year later: What have we learned, and where are we going?

Ebola, one year later: What have we learned, and where are we going?

One year ago today, the WHO confirmed the first official cases of the West African Ebola outbreak in Guinea. In the 365 days since, those initial cases spread in unprecedented ways across the West African region, claiming more than 10,000 lives and infecting more than 24,000 people.
Why building relationships could help us build a new world

Why building relationships could help us build a new world

I loved being a ONE Student Leader because we were asking for something so simple and powerful: students’ voices... No matter how hard we tried though, some people just wouldn’t get it. The issues were too disconnected. This is why building relationships is the way forward...
10 times Nelson Mandela was spot on about ending extreme poverty!

10 times Nelson Mandela was spot on about ending extreme poverty!

10 years ago today, Nelson Mandela gave his now famous speech at the Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, calling on world leaders to make poverty history ahead of the G7 talks being hosted in the UK. On this significant anniversary, we look at the 10 times Mandela was spot on when it came to his views o...
VIDEO: Meet Audrey, a volunteer nurse fighting Ebola in Liberia

VIDEO: Meet Audrey, a volunteer nurse fighting Ebola in Liberia

I always wanted to do disaster relief work. The crisis started to take off. It was in the news a lot. People were talking about it. So I went online. I saw a position for an Ebola response nurse. To me it was just the right time. I was speaking with my husband and I was saying I can’t not do this. They need people.
Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

Can the world take the vital next steps towards ending global poverty? Or will we let progress slip away? That’s the challenge that the United Nations outlined recently, in its annual review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - clear, measurable targets for improving peoples’ lives around the world.
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 an......
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......

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 enou......