What’s being done about the persistent power blackouts in Malawi?

What’s being done about the persistent power blackouts in Malawi?

Malawi – Businesses in the country have received heavy blows after persistent power blackouts which have rocked the country since August this year. The state-owned power producing company in Malawi – Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – announced in August this year that the problem is due to ‘insufficient…

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo is a Malawian based journalist.

How Kenya is planning to tackle HIV/AIDS

How Kenya is planning to tackle HIV/AIDS

In tribute of World HIV/Aids Day to be observed next week, Kenya has rolled out several programmes aimed at becoming the third African country to control its HIV/Aids epidemic. The East African country wants to follow in the footsteps of Botswana and Namibia, with concerted and smart actions, in particular for…

George Okore is an international journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Businesses and university students continue to suffer months after Garissa terror attack

After the closure of Garissa University College in April, businesses in the town have suffered. With no information forthcoming from the management, students can only hope that the region’s only institution of higher learning will soon open its doors to them. NAIROBI, Kenya— Seven months after the gruelling six hour…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.

Addressing clean energy needs in Africa – solar power

Three years ago, Rehema Kanama nearly left from her off grid rural home in western Uganda for a better life in the city. But the 35-year old single mother quickly changed her mind after signing a lease agreement with Solar Now, for a solar connection. Today she no longer has…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Valletta Summit on Migration: A booster shot or a new initiative?

Hard hit by the migration crisis, the European Union (EU) in a desperate effort to respond to the crisis has called a summit on migration in Valletta, Malta from 11-12 November 2015.  The African side has been invited to participate in this meeting.  The EU and African Union (AU) have…

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru

Dr. Mehari Taddele Maru is Member of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Affairs and Consultant for Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Strategy, Peace and Security and Migration.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa: From unified voices to unified actions

Pre–SDGs (The Millennium Development Goals) The The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on addressing salient issues, which ranged from halving extreme poverty and providing access to universal primary education, to combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria by the end of 2015. The goals did not openly single out…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Energy challenges in Africa: solution channels and SME participatory opportunities

“Africa could easily be growing at double-digit GDP rates if we solve this problem of energy,” – were the words of the newly elected and eight president of the Africa Development Bank – Akinwunmi Adesina (past Nigerian Minister of Agriculture). He also mentioned that solving the continent’s acute power shortages…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.

Uganda oil pipeline threatens regional alliance

A recent deal between Uganda and Tanzania to explore the viability of a joint pipeline may threaten the relationship with Kenya, which was first in line for the project. Last week Kampala announced it had signed a deal with Tanzania and oil company Total to explore the possibility of an…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Zimbabwe power crisis – what now?

ZIMBABWE has been under the international radar for over a decade on many fronts, politics, human rights abuses and the economy. However, international watches might struggle to pick up a signal over the Southern African country. This is largely due to unprecedented power cuts leading six in 10 people have…

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe is a Zimbabwe journalist based in the capital, Harare.

Is English the working language of Africa?

English is largely taking hold in Africa. While British colonizers were only a single player in Europe’s scramble for the continent in the 1880s, English is on its way to become one of the major, if not the major, languages spoken in the region. The vestiges of other European languages…

Solving Africa’s democratic Conundrum

They sat around four wobbly, wooden tables. Around them old books, their pages yellow with age, were scattered throughout the room, some piles stacked two feet high. Two of them glanced over students’ essays, one peered through his thin-framed glasses into a computer screen, and the other flipped through an…

Christina Goldbaum

Christina Goldbaum is a freelance writer and video journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.

On the path to the African Century

A wide array of literature asserts the growing dominance of Africa in the coming decades. With the continent analogous to images of poverty, conflict and disease, the tides might be changing to a more economically developed Africa. However, the situation may also portend a case of overestimation of its potential….