>Tag: Africa

The Day we Witnessed Wildlife Rangers being Gunned Down in Congo

By |2017-10-25T10:51:22+07:00October 26th, 2017|News|

When two Dutch journalists travelled to the DRC to report on illegal gold mining in the vast Okapi wildlife reserve, they ended up running for their lives Conflict is never far away in the Democratic Republic of Congo – a country rich in natural resources such as gold, diamonds, coltan and tin – and the [...]

Bad Medicine: The Toxic Fakes at The heart of an international criminal racket

By |2017-10-05T11:29:14+07:00October 6th, 2017|News|

The trade in fake drugs is a lucrative and dangerous global industry, but there are hopes that on-the-spot screening technology can provide a remedy Sometimes the vials are filled with dirty water. Occasionally they contain saline and a tiny amount of antibiotic, so as not to infect the site of the vaccination and draw [...]

Deforestation briefing: Sustainable palm oil solution sought in Africa

By |2017-08-02T16:53:42+07:00August 10th, 2017|News|

Sime Darby's Simon Lord is seeking partners to trial a model that balances forest conservation with economic development in Liberia While the high carbon stock approach methodology will help companies implement no-deforestation commitments in Indonesia's fragmented landscapes, it is ill-suited to help in densely forested Africa, where most new palm oil development is now occurring. [...]

Unleashing Inclusive Business Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

By |2017-09-18T13:26:06+07:00May 23rd, 2016|News|

By Andrew Kambobe, The Partnering Initiative   The Business Call to Action (BCtA) in collaboration with the UNDP Zambia Country Office, The Partnering Initiative (TPI), the Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA) and Business Fights Poverty recently held a high-level breakfast meeting for business representatives in Lusaka, Zambia.   The aim of the meeting held on the 15th [...]

Impact Investing – Growing Outside the Mainstream – Business Fights Poverty

By |2018-02-13T17:01:24+07:00September 21st, 2015|Articles|

Tony Elumelu is one of Africa’s most recognisable businesspeople, a regular on the whirlwind circuit of economic conferences that has sprung up as the continent’s growth spurt attracts international investors. Elumelu, who made his fortune in Nigeria’s banking sector, has also become one of the most vocal evangelists for impact investing, developing an entire think [...]

Improving Market Access for the Poor – Malawi Coffee Cooperatives

By |2017-09-18T13:26:07+07:00September 21st, 2015|News|

What is the development issue? More than 80% of Malawi’s 17 million people live in rural areas, and agricultural labourers make up 90% of the total labour force1. Despite the fact that Malawi’s economy is based on agriculture, the country depends primarily on one major export crop – tobacco – which accounts for more than [...]

Brewing up Success for Tanzanian Coffee Farmers

By |2017-09-18T13:26:07+07:00September 4th, 2015|News|

VSO volunteer Joseph Ochuma is an Agronomist working with Karagwe Development and Relief Services (KADERES). KADERES is an NGO based in the Kagera region of North West Tanzania. Joseph started his current placement in 2012, although he was not new to VSO having previously volunteered at VSO Malawi working with the Ministry of Agriculture. KADERES [...]

It’s Not Just about the Money – To Change the World We Must Change Ourselves

By |2018-02-13T17:03:30+07:00August 28th, 2015|Articles|

The Mediterranean sea has become a graveyard for Africa’s youth. Every day, we see images of what would appear to be a continent racked by conflict and poverty, and people risking – often losing – their lives in an attempt to flee . Yet Africa has 11 of the 20 fastest growing economies in the [...]