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Could southern Africa eliminate malaria by 2018?

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland are close to completely eliminating malaria, and by 2018, hope to join Mauritius and the Seychelles, who are already free of the disease. This development is now becoming an example for countries further north in Africa, who are still struggling with out-dated methods and ineffective attempts to control malaria. […]

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5 films directed by African women that confront gender stereotypes

We are approaching a new age where women are challenging the patriarchal conditions of African cinema – rapidly gaining a voice in a male dominated industry. Subjects have ranged from coming-of-age to female empowerment to romantic troubles. Here are five worthy examples of this revolution in African cinema. “Ayanda” by Sara Blecher Ayanda is a 21-year-old […]

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What do the Sustainable Development Goals really mean for global poverty?

Most people haven’t heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And if you have, there’s probably a rosy halo emanating from the deep recesses of your subconscious. If so, the UN, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation,, Save the Children and other counterparts of the charitable-industrial complex have done their job well. […]

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The Lagos Photo Festival: A deeper exploration of African truths

In a striking departure from the gloomy photojournalism often associated with Africa, the Lagos Photo Festival that opened in Lagos on October 24th looks to challenge these exhausted narratives. Now in its sixth year, the festival hosts a collection of work from various photographers who have challenged past representations of Africa with conceptual images that […]

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Empowering the children of DR Congo through photography

Snap Foundation was formed through the idea that photography can be used to empower disadvantaged children around the world. This summer, they developed a trial programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the aim of running volunteer schemes there in the future. Despite the Congo’s tight restrictions on photography, it is an extremely interesting […]

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Morocco is about to build a huge solar plant in the desert

Morocco is now en-route to becoming the world’s leading supplier of solar energy, thanks to The Noor Solar Project, a mega solar plant being built just outside Ouarzazate, Morocco’s “door to the desert.” The project is entering its first phase, Noor 1, next month. Over 500,000 solar mirrors will be line the desert’s horizon, tracking […]

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