Children play alongside stagnant water and rubbish in Lagos, Nigeria.
Africa battles with a dearth of data and seems unable to scale up health innovations. If these can be systematically addressed, the continent can take great strides towards better health for all.
Scientists do science to improve society. Africa’s challenges are a golden opportunity to demonstrate its value.
Africa's complex and seemingly insurmountable social and economic problems are a golden opportunity to demonstrate the value that research can bring. Scientists need to rise to the challenge.
Organic farming has numerous benefits for people.
Organic farming has many benefits. It can better people's lives and it's good for biodiversity and the climate.
Participants in the Finote Hiwot project to end child, early and forced marriage in Ethiopia.
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A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
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.
The so-called Calais jungle, now home to thousands of displaced Syrians.
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There is precedent for mass rehoming: just look at what happened to the Ugandan Asian population.
“Free” education is not fair or sustainable.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated manner.
A farm employee walks through a soya bean field in northern Uganda.
Increasing legume production can turn the tide for African farmers who struggle with poor soils, declining farm yields and worsening nutrition in one fell swoop
Africa has the best solar resource in the world.
Despite having some of the best solar radiation levels in the world, the diffusion of solar energy systems in Africa has been very low
Young Kenyan entrepreneurs hard at work. Such enterprise must be encouraged.
African governments and businesses must do more to assist young people by creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Without this support, all of their potential may stutter and die.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
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More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
Policewomen lock hands during a protest march in Nigeria.Collaboration between police and communities is helping improve safety in parts of the country.
A new study shows an amazingly symbiotic relationship between the community and police in Nigeria: 70% of survey respondents claim that collaboration has brought safety to their communities.
Ranking organisations call the shots about which universities are ‘best’.
It is arrogant and hypocritical for ranking institutions to declare that they're building Africa's legacy or its global partnerships on the continent's behalf.
Kenyans rally for a new constitution in 2010. The constitution guaranteed shared power and resources for 47 county governments.
The Kenyan example illustrates the importance of constitutional guarantees for devolution. But it also shows that devolution is no magic bullet for the problems of corruption and ethnic politics.
Testing and treatment is important in tackling HIV. But stigma and access need to be addressed too.
Taking antiretrovirals is key to reducing HIV infection rates, but the challenge lies in making sure people who know they are infected actually take the drugs.
Community activities in Kampala, Uganda, organised by SASA!
Many women across the world feel unable to refuse sex or request condom use. Empowering them could help bring down HIV rates.
Barrels in Nigeria used for transporting oil to communities.
It is important to nurture local companies and increase domestic participation in Africa's emerging oil economies.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote extensively about education that oppresses.
The lessons Paulo Freire learnt nearly 90 years ago and the theories he developed from painful personal experience still resonate across Africa's schooling systems today.
Some countries in Africa are well placed to follow the path of development pioneered by a number of Asian countries.
It's important to interrogate the key factors that pushed countries from Third World to First World status in the 20th century. Asia's experiences hold many lessons for Africa.