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Already a Contraceptive Success Story in West Africa, Ghana Seeks to Do Better

David J. Olson | Posted 09.26.2016 | Impact
David J. Olson

Although West and Central Africa is an underachieving region in terms of family planning compared to the rest of the continent, Ghana is the family planning star within that region: It has a higher rate of contraceptive use than all the other 24 countries except the island nations of Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

I Used to be a Traveler. Am I Still?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.01.2016 | Travel
Holly Robinson

When I was a high school student, I had the opportunity to study abroad and chose the most distant, most exotic destination on the list of possibiliti...

West Africans ditch Dutch wax prints for Chinese 'real-fakes'

The Conversation Africa

Nina Sylvanus, Northeastern University Since the early 20th century, Vlisco has produced African print cloth - otherwise known as Dutch wax prints. T...

We must close the knowledge-gap on breastfeeding and show its transformative value

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.04.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

This week, World Breastfeeding Week presents an opportunity to promote the widespread benefits of breastfeeding on an international scale, in the hope...

The First 1,000 days

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Last Thursday the World Bank Group hosted a panel to discuss global efforts to combat early childhood malnutrition, the link to ending extreme poverty...

Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

The Conversation Africa | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Hennie van As, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major interna...

How Bicycles Are Making Life Better For Africans

Darby Roach | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Darby Roach

Those of us living in developed countries often take good roads, affordable transportation and quick and easy access to vital services, for granted. But instead of being able to jump in your car and go where you want when you want, what if you had to walk those many miles to work, school and market each day?

At Last, A Treaty to End Illegal Fishing. Will It Work?

Rachael Willis | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Rachael Willis

The European Union, United States and 28 other countries have ratified and brought into force the first global treaty that aims to put an end to illegal fishing and enforce a previous United Nations agreement.

How President Obama Kept Calm During the Ebola Crisis

Quora | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics

The evidence suggested that curtailing travel would actually make the problem worse -- by making it even more difficult to get health care providers into the region, not to mention much needed supplies, to end the epidemic more quickly.

Bill Gates Is Betting On This Investment As A Way To Fight Extreme Poverty

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK -- From the top of the World Trade Center and with dozens of chickens squawking in the background, Bill Gates announced his foundation’s ne...

Narrow Focus on HIV Response Overlooks Pandemic's Weakest Links

Dr. Mit Philips | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Dr. Mit Philips

The global health community simply cannot afford to ignore the HIV epidemic in Western and Central Africa (WCA), where five million, or a third, of the 15 million people who should be started on antiretrovirals in the next four years currently live.

Ebola, Zika and the Weakness of the Global Health Regime

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When it first began at the end of December 2013 in a rural village in Guinea, the Ebola virus had been restricted to a few neighboring villages. By Ma...

The God-Abusers and Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Frank Ligtvoet

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain To be honest: I don't know God. And I don't know what He, if He is out there, wants from Ame...

The UnAfrican-ness of Africa's Fabric

Nadege Seppou | Posted 04.29.2016 | Black Voices
Nadege Seppou

Preserving every ounce of one's African-ness is a duty several expats have taken on. For many, wearing "African" wax print is a means to not only affi...

You Only See a Different Africa if You Want to

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

In a world, where many people continue to struggle with the geography of Africa, Hanna Tetteh puts Ghana firmly on the map. As Minister of Foreign Aff...

Africa Declining or Rising?

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

There is a narrative that Africa is rich underground, not above ground with the notion of the resource curse. The Economist in 2000, published a magaz...

The Middle East after ISIS

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.03.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

This week we begin a two part series on a post-ISIS Middle East. In Part I we look at "The Middle East after ISIS." Next week, in Part II, we examine whether a post-ISIS Middle East can be stabilized and what role, if any, the U.S. and its allies can play.

Liberia Suffers New Ebola Death Months After Outbreak Declared Over

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

MONROVIA, April 1 (Reuters) - A woman has died of Ebola in Liberia, months after the West African nation was declared free of the virus and weeks afte...

Foundations Must Think Globally and Act Locally

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Sylvia Bongo Ondimba

In business, "think global, act local" has become a well-known saying, but in nonprofits and foundations, we sometimes forget to do both. It can be e...

How Not to Help Poor, Black Children

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

Four years ago, I traveled to Cameroon on an educational mission trip. I packed as light as I could to carry as many school supplies and books as poss...

Sierra Leonean Entrepreneurs are Simply Jaw-Droppingly Good

Memuna Forna | Posted 02.17.2016 | World
Memuna Forna

I am from Sierra Leone, although a friend insists that by making my home in the UK I am insufficiently committed to creating change in a country that has bore the brunt of war, disease and decades of poverty.

The Emoji App Every African Millennial Needs On Their Phone

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices

A new app from Nigeria is here to help in the quest for more diverse emojis, and this time the wacky characters have been designed with West Africans ...

Finally, The Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Is Almost Over

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.30.2015 | World

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record that killed thousands and caused global panic in 2014 was largely brought under control this year. Sierra Leone ...

'Naming and Faming' Liberia's Most Honest Government Officials

Blair Glencorse | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

This raises the question: Why don't we find, celebrate and work with people like Oliver? Instead of "naming and shaming" perpetrators of corruption, why don't we "name and fame" the propagators of integrity?

"As Long as You Have Life, You Have Hope:" A Village in Liberia Tries to Find Hope and Healing after Ebola

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

When everyone died in the house next door, Lorpu Titus, 44, thought she was next. "I was so depressed," Lorpu says. "I would just sit at home feeling ...