From New Orleans to Haiti to Mozambique, global inequality plays a major role in making disasters deadly.
The recent storms provide a grim reminder of the prospect of future tropical cyclones in a region under continued threat from climate change.
High poverty levels mean people lack access to land and work and they are often driven to settle in zones that are exposed to natural hazards.
Across Africa less than 10% of the population is connected to a sewer system. But the waste could be used elsewhere.
Female-centred health services are good, but they may detract from gender equality and men’s health.
Angola's new President João Lourenço has shown some willingness to engage in more inclusive politics.
Lake Malawi is considered a biodiversity treasure because almost all its species occurs nowhere else on the planet.
Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive.
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
Non-Timber Forest Products don't often feature in discussions about poverty reduction and alleviation.
Access to HIV testing is an important factor in reaching UN goals that 90% of people with HIV must know their status by 2020.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
Planning for rivers is one thing, but implementation is another as urbanisation and population growth increases.
In reality, cybersecurity attacks are like a disease affecting people globally.
Without contextual knowledge, education and adaptation, foreign or imposed practices or resources cause new sets of problems.
Without change, the trajectory of growth and development in the world will remain consistent with that of the past 80 years.
High-tech drones and low-tech 'bucket and spade' are helping Malawians fight malaria.
Children with disabilities face several challenges and need to be heard to make school infrastructure friendlier for them.
Africa has a real challenge when it comes to using academic research and evidence to design policies.
On World No Tobacco Day, the focus is usually on the health risks of cigarettes. But what about the way Big Tobacco exploits impoverished farmers in Malawi?