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Many schools in Kenya force girls to wear light-coloured uniforms. These show menstrual stains more easily, which shames the girls into staying away from school. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenyan schoolgirls dread their periods, but simple changes could help

The inclusion of menstrual hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals marks an important step forward, but to what extent will it address the issue of schoolgirl absenteeism?
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram. Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

How the US is expanding its fight against extremism in Africa

Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.
New horizons. The immense refugee camp at Zaatari in Jordan. REUTERS/Pool

Rethinking refugee camps: turning boredom into innovation

Away from the chaos of Europe's borders, refugees are camped out in vast settlements close to their home countries and where restrictions on entrepreneurship are wasting talent and energy.
Post-election violence in Kenya in January 2008. The country was forewarned in its peer review report that trouble was brewing, but took no action. EPA

Why Africa is losing out by letting the peer review process collapse

The African Peer Review Mechanism has made a difference since it was started in 2003. There are multiple examples of reforms that have been introduced as a result. All have gone unnoticed.
Africa’s rural population benefits very little from the exploitation of oil and gas but often rural people bear the brunt of environmental damage resulting from oil spills. Reuters/Tife Owolabi

Interview: have oil companies learnt anything from the Niger Delta crisis?

Oil and gas exploration could transform economies and improve lives in Africa, but this is not happening. People living in rural areas are the most excluded from the benefits.
Then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses collaboration between the US and Senegal. International partnerships, particularly between universities, can yield great rewards. EPA

International partnerships can be powerful tools for Africa’s universities

If memorandums of understanding with international institutions are properly developed and put into action, they can contribute a great deal to African universities' push for internationalisation.
A health worker dispenses albendazole tablets to a child on National Deworming Day in Kisumu, Kenya. Evidence Action, Courtesy of Photoshare

The positive impact of deworming in Kenyan schools: the evidence untangled

A re-analysis of research into deworming interventions at Kenyan schools has confirmed some findings and disputed others. However, it does not take away from the programme's effectiveness.
A re-analysis of data of deworming at schools in Kenya has generated different findings. 2014 Evidence Action/Photoshare

How re-analysing the data of scientific research can change the findings

The re-analysis of data can provide valuable new findings and it can improve transparency, accountability, and strengthen the literature that policymakers base their decisions on.
US President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated visit is aimed at forging stronger ties with Kenya and Ethiopia. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Obama’s visit to strengthen America’s ties in East Africa

Kenya and Ethiopia need to use the media spotlight of US President Barack Obama's visit to showcase their various opportunities. The US and the African Union will also be looking to benefit from the visit.
US President Barack Obama speaks at the US-Africa leaders summit. The number of US programs and initiatives on the continent has grown exponentially. EPA

Obama’s visit to Kenya: why Africa matters to America

Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya is a clear sign American military and economic involvement in Africa will continue to rise amid growing Chinese influence.

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