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.
A rush of ancient DNA projects in Africa has presented the curators of archaeological skeletons with ethical issues because research requires the destruction of human bone.
Do boys and girls from diverse cultural settings experience their transitions into adolescence? Their cultural differences don't make a difference, but their genders do.
An upcoming UN meeting on witchcraft and human rights in Geneva is set to focus on the rising attacks on Albinos and the trade of body parts in sub-Saharan African.
Two of South Africa's finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
Malawi's government wants schools to promote democratic principles. But there's a contradiction between what students are taught and how they're expected to behave.
If resilience efforts don't consider justice issues, they will end up making those who are the most in need the least resilient.