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More confusion over the fate of Botswana's elephants
More confusion over the fate of Botswana's elephants

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana categorically denies that his government would ever cull elephants, contradicting the Parliamentary Report proposing culling...

By Dr Louise de Waal 2 days ago

Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives
Trophy hunting in Africa: the case for viable, sustainable alternatives

For decades, the public has been fed the myth that trophy hunting is absolutely necessary for sustainable conservation in Africa...

By Muchazondida Mkono 2 days ago

Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy
Sanitation innovation - a key to Africa's development strategy

The demographic dividend, new production revolution, shifting wealth patterns, accelerated urban transition and climate change and the green economy are the megatrends that will influence this continent's future...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 15 May 2019

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How marketing with CSR at its heart can change the world

Fitting in perfectly with the rise of purpose-led marketing across the globe is Jeanne du Plessis, corporate affairs and citizenship leader at Procter and Gamble (P&G) South Africa. Du Plessis is a passionate believer that business can and should be a force for good in the world...

By Leigh Andrews 14 May 2019

Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are
Ugly veg: supermarkets aren't the biggest food wasters - you are

"Ugly" or "wonky" veg were blamed for up to 40% of wasted fruit and vegetables in 2013, as produce was discarded for failing to meet retailer appearance standards...

By Miriam C. Dobson and Jill L. Edmondson 14 May 2019

Girls4Tech programme aims to reach one million girls by 2025
Girls4Tech programme aims to reach one million girls by 2025

First launched in South Africa in 2017, Mastercard's inquiry-based STEM programme Girls4Tech has so far reached more than 400,000 girls (ages 8-12) in 25 countries...

14 May 2019

Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda
Rwandan startup Ared expands micro-franchising model to Uganda

Rwandan PaaS (platform as a service) startup Ared has marked its first international expansion by setting up 10 women-run 'smart business in a box' solar-powered kiosks in Uganda...

13 May 2019

Eye of the Pangolin to premiere on Endangered Species Day
Eye of the Pangolin to premiere on Endangered Species Day

Eye of the Pangolin, a new documentary about the most trafficked mammal on earth, will premiere on Friday, 17 May, Endangered Species Day...

13 May 2019

New report confirms African elephants under continued threat of poaching
New report confirms African elephants under continued threat of poaching

According to an updated assessment by a United Nations Environment Programme-administered treaty, poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of the African elephant...

13 May 2019

A screen grab from Nike's ad, featuring Caster Semenya.
#FairnessFirst: How Nike put purpose marketing on the podium with Caster Semenya

Nike's Dream Crazy campaign has won favour across the globe, having just scooped up top honours at the One Show Awards in New York. Caster Semenya, who features in the campaign, has also further proved her place on the winner podium...

By Leigh Andrews 13 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and environmental power of the Blue Economy...

10 May 2019

Why NGOs in Africa must respect village headmen and hierarchies
Why NGOs in Africa must respect village headmen and hierarchies

Almost every global development body, from the World Bank to small, single-issue NGOs, claims to listen to or work with "the community"...

By Thomas McNamara 9 May 2019

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Gold mining reduces infant mortality rate

Large scale gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa has reduced infant mortality in nearby communities, with rates falling by 50% among those born within 10km of a gold mine...

3 May 2019

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Clean, affordable renewable energy for Somaliland

Through a phased approach, the he UK-funded Esres in partnership with the Somaliland's Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM) is addressing the high costs of electricity in Somaliland...

2 May 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

By Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

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Scientists to explore how ecological infrastructure investment can boost climate resilience

Scientists from a transdisciplinary research team are investigating how investments in ecological infrastructure protect society against hydroclimatic risks, including droughts and floods...

30 Apr 2019

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to be awarded Cannes LionHeart
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to be awarded Cannes LionHeart

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, has been awarded the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in recognition of her advocacy for women, human rights and social justice...

30 Apr 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

By Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

Economic empowerment of women is good for all
Economic empowerment of women is good for all

Government staffer Souhayata Haidara enjoys talking about her life in a patriarchal society. Her career is a triumph of patience and perseverance...

By Kingsley Ighobor 26 Apr 2019

Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans
Online marketplace Thola Africa shines a light on local artisans

New online marketplace Tholaafrica.com is making it easier to shop African artisanal wares, with its selection of bespoke fashion and décor crafted by local creatives and designers...

26 Apr 2019

Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?
Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?

Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be...

By Amin Al-Habaibeh 26 Apr 2019

Magdi Amin, investment partner, Omidyar Network
Protecting the identity of Africans in a common digital market

Africa's digital revolution is transforming our economy at a record pace. Africa is home to the 10 fastest growing cities in the world, and for nearly a decade, we've had the world's fastest rate of internet adoption...

By Magdi Amin 26 Apr 2019

Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands
Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands

Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia are leading the way on transparency amongst the world's 200 largest fashion brands...

25 Apr 2019

Where's our song for Mozambique?
Where's our song for Mozambique?

Songs have long been powerful vehicles for social change, either through the messages contained in their lyrics, or as high-profile celebrity fundraisers...

By Charis Apelgren-Coleman 25 Apr 2019

SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival
SA's Stroop triumphs at International Wildlife Film Festival

South African film, Stroop - Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, has been awarded the sought-after 'Best of Festival' award as well as 'Best Independent or Feature Film' at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF).

23 Apr 2019

Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area
Mozambique water project: insights into supply and use in a peri-urban area

The United Nations reports that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Just over a third of people don't have access to safely managed drinking water. This is why the Sustainable Development Goals set out to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.

By Ana Rita Sequeira et al. 23 Apr 2019

Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs
Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact?

18 Apr 2019

Smart housing could help reduce environmental impact of rapidly urbanising Africa
Smart housing could help reduce environmental impact of rapidly urbanising Africa

Hundreds of millions more Africans are predicted to live in cities over the next three decades as the continent rapidly urbanises...

18 Apr 2019

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Failure to integrate gender equality is costing African economies billions of dollars

If Africa is to achieve the sustainable development goals, it needs to prioritise women's access to finance...

18 Apr 2019

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