Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Now that President Xi Jinping's presidential term has been extended indefinitely, African governments need to plan strategically for their future engagements with the Chinese.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe.
A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
South Africa lost over 1000 rhinos to poaching last year.
The rhino horn auction in South Africa is a serious setback in the fight against poaching and the survival of wild rhinos. The chances of the horns remaining in the country are next to zero.
The international ivory trade ban is meaningless as long as legal domestic markets exist.
For the domestic ivory trade ban to be effective at preventing further elephant poaching, Chinese authorities need to signal explicitly that it will be implemented indefinitely.
Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum founder, holds his book about the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
New technologies are developing with exponential velocity, breadth and depth. Their systemic impact is likely to be profound.
Malawi is a country that’s particularly vulnerable to the impact of drought and flood.
Understanding the connections between basic food demands and accessibility to water and energy is important when it comes to climate change and its impact on agriculture and livelihoods.
China plans to ban the ivory trade. The hope is that prices will be driven downwards and elephant numbers will improve.
China has decided to end all domestic trade in ivory, an act that could help elephant numbers all over Africa.
Women demonstrate in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley against the export of wild animals from the Maasai Mara National Park.
In the absence of trading ivory, other solutions have to be found to fund conservation and support communities living on the front line of the battle against poaching.
CITES has become the premier multilateral arrangement to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
Elephant numbers across the continent declined by roughly 70,000 between 2006 and 2013.
Southern African nations are seeking permission to trade in ivory, in direct opposition to the wishes of their northern neighbours.
Health care in Zambia is free but fraught with difficulties.
Healthcare that everyone can access is an important step in bridging the inequality in a country. In reality though, its hard to implement properly.
Reducing the HIV rate is one of the joint goals of southern African governments.
In the region, the Southern African Development Community will have a critical role to ensure the targets of the sustainable development goals are met over the next 15 years.
Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the new sustainable development goals is promoting mental health and well being and achieving universal health care.
The sustainable development goals will be ratified by the United Nations next week but there are a few lessons it should learn from the failed millennium development goals.
Generic medicine is essential to regions like the Southern African Development Community where HIV is endemic and cheap drugs are needed.
The generic drug industry has become essential to developing countries that need access to cheaper drugs to treat their heavy burdens of communicable diseases.
To improve safe sex practices and condom use among young people in South Africa, the national Department of Health has rebranded its freely distributed condoms, which were considered clinical and uncool.
Rebranded and scented condoms are part of the South African Department of Health's plan to make condoms more attractive as a contraceptive for young people.
Horse-rider Potso Seoete makes an HIV-drug delivery to the Molika-liko health clinic in a remote district of Lesotho.
Medicine shortages in southern Africa, particularly of anti-retrovirals for HIV patients, require urgent attention. A regional approach to distribution has been tried in South America and could work for the region.
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