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?
There are several projects and initiatives that offer hope amid all the bad news about African science.
We found that even when women own land, their husbands are still perceived as household heads.
The protest song "Stimela" remains as much a song about present and future aspirations, as it is of the past.
Not all African leaders are willing to be swept by the democratic reforms of the early 2000s.
Governments in Africa have done little to institute policies that improve awareness and protect people who have epilepsy.
Universities could mine alumni databases to improve individual institutions' work - and raise funds.
New ways of managing water have emerged in some of Africa's urban and peri-urban areas.
Too often developments in one country are seen in isolation. In southern Africa events in one affect others in the region.
The tobacco industry claims that tobacco- growing is essential to the livelihoods of millions of small-scale rural farmers in Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. Research shows that's untrue.
The extent to which mobile phones can support and sustain real improvement in young lives is depressingly finite unless significant interventions occur.
In a remarkable extension of technological leapfrogging, Somaliland will become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
Voluntourists' ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They don't have the skills and can perpetuate patronising and unhelpful ideas.
Africa's broadcasters have a large role to play to ensure that country and western grows to its full potential on the continent.
There's no reason why small families shouldn't become the norm in Africa. But this will depend on improving education opportunities for women and improving birth control policies.