My kingdom for a duvet …
As life gets faster and working hours get longer, it's tempting to think the Sandman is paying us ever shorter visits.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is seen as having promoted economic growth at the expense of human rights.
To improve, African countries need to find a balance between political and economic matters. This is where leadership becomes particularly important. But this is currently lacking on the continent.
Media freedom activists protest against the draconian Protection of Information Bill in Cape Town, South Africa.
While some African countries have shown an improvement in press freedom and freedom of expression ratings, others, including South Africa, are seeing worrying trends and a drop in rankings.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement meet at the session of the 17th summit of heads of state and government.
The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.
Markets and militarisation as responses to wildlife threats are dangerous because they often fail.
Military responses to combat poaching are a problem. They marginalise communities where poachers come from and can have longer term implications.
People with disabilities living in Madwaleni in the Eastern Cape have difficulty accessing healthcare.
Poor people with disabilities living in rural South Africa are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing health care.
Dehorning is practised on many South African private reserves and is seen as a way of deterring poachers.
A few national parks and reserves want to dehorn rhinos and there is a lobby for a regulated and closely monitored legal trade in rhino horn. But this is met by opposition from many.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
The ‘Musketeers’ pictured here were stars of a recent National Geographic documentary.
Ongoing drought means increased encounters between people and lions in north-west Namibia.
Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
Kenya burned 105 tonnes of ivory confiscated from smugglers and poachers, an action denounced by Bostwana as wrong and wasteful.
EU officials argue that while the ban on ivory trade is right for some countries, it shouldn't be all-encompassing. It has called on African range states to reach agreement on the issue.
People in Namibia are seeking ways to reduce vulnerability to problems like drought.
Understanding how drought is impacting on livelihoods and local governments can help in the development of longer term climate adaptation responses.
Idyllic Mauritius is the only African country ranked in the favourable category of ‘more stable’ in the latest survey on state fragility.
Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
The Fragile States Index leaves more questions than it answers. Like similar global surveys, its credibility hinges on reliable data. But how sound are its statistics and their interpretation?
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable.
The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, left, and.
chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special session to mark Moseneke’s retirement.
The retirement of Dikgang Moseneke, one of South Africa's eminent judges and the Constitutional Court's deputy chief justice, is a moment to reflect on the court's place in society and his legacy.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Crowds cheer as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe arrives to address the country’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare.
Namibia's new elite has used "affirmative action" for self-enrichment, while the majority of the population remains excluded from its the wealth. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's socio-economic woes continue.
A victim of hungry lions. And post-apartheid cultural tensions.
Lions and leopards seem to prefer cattle belonging to farmers who treat their workers badly. Don't blame the animals – this is a human problem.
Investment in science and innovation is needed to help build Africa.
Kate Holt/Africa Practice/Flickr
Successful economies are led by innovation and driven by knowledge. For Africa to advance, it needs to make more substantial investments in its research and development sector.