Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese.
Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
Robert Mugabe, the nonagenarian Zimbabwean president, is the poster boy for Africa’s ageing leaders.
Why is Africa so saddled with ageing presidents who ought to be enjoying their retirement in peace when the continent desperately needs young, agile and innovative leaders equal to its challenges?
It is great news that we have moved well beyond the single story of the starving African but we do not want to fall into a binary trap and adopt another unfortunate stereotype in its place.
Depictions of Africa used to be the relentless negative image of suffering and impoverished victims. but now there is a new narrative, ‘Africa Rising’.
A train passes through the Kibera slum of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Representations of Africa tend to focus on these kinds of depictions.
Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
For decades, media representations of African poverty have been of disease, disaster, conflict, and poverty and have coloured how the rest of the world views Africa.
Standing tall: Muhammadu Buhari at the UN.
President Buhari of Nigeria has finally named his cabinet. He was either slow, or he was very choosy, or he couldn’t find enough honest people. Certainly his 55th national anniversary speech was full of…
Low carbon choices such as solar power are essential for the African continent, if it intends to stop the harmful global warming effects.
For the sake of mitigating climate change, the African continent needs to make low carbon energy choices.
A baobab in Tete Province, Mozambique.
Why are African baobab trees found in India? Genetic research is starting to shed light on the answer.
France’s relationships with its former African colonies has become ambivalent.
French and African presidents have, in the past, entertained close relationships outside official channels. These often included illegitimate exchanges. But there are signs that this is changing.
A deadly meeting? The potentially lethal viper, Echis carinatus.
News that a leading manufacturer will cease making a well-known antivenom is not actually new.
Role models and mentors can help one learn throughout one’s career.
Africa is a developing continent but there's ample opportunity for careers in science that can contribute to science advancement as well as uplifting the socio-economic status of the continent.
Gorillas in the wild: better than a zoo.
The fortunes of the world's remaining wild gorillas is linked to prosperity in the places where they live - hence the high price of tourist permits. But with economic development comes economic threats too.
Burial in Madagascar, 2013.
Dennis van de Water
One of the biggest problems in international development is that health statistics are badly kept in many of the countries with the most to gain. Finally something is being done about it.
The African continent is embracing technology in varying degrees. Swimmers use a selfie stick to take a picture of themselves in shallow waters of the River Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan.
REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Science and technology is seen as a key driver of a nation's economic fortunes. How is the African continent faring a decade after the first major global survey on countries' performance?
Not enough legislation.
Most African countries lack legislation to protect people from online crime and abuse.
The funeral of General Adolphe Nshimirimana, assassinated in August 2015.
Some of Burundi's highest-ranking officials have been assassinated – but ordinary Burundians are still being terrorised too.
The nation’s last emperor was followed by chaos, but more recently triumph
Authoritarian and landlocked it may be, but Addis Ababa will mark its last emperor's death as a model of development.
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The communities ravaged by Ebola need mental health support to help people rebuild their lives.
Akintunde Akinleye / Reuters
Solutions from London or Los Angeles won't necessarily work in Lagos or Kinshasa as in Africa cars are only one part of the problem.
The mobilisation of women has taken on many forms across the continent.
Writing about the women’s and feminist movements is a definitional minefield. The two are often conflated, more so in Africa.
The Kariba dam on the Zambezi River produces most of the electricity used in Zimbabwe and Zambia, supports extensive fishing and tourism industries and protects hundreds of thousands of people from floods.
Green infrastructure may not be the best thing for Africa despite being environmentally friendly.