Nikita Nijhuis

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Six amazing places to stay for free around the world – if you volunteer

At Helga’s Folly, a boutique hotel in historic Kandy, central Sri Lanka, amateur artists add to the distinctive murals – and get free bed and board via the Workaway website. <b>Plus</b>: 5 more places where skills can be swapped for stays<p>For almost 30 years, Helga de Silva Blow Perera, the flamboyantly …

Murals

From Cairo to the Cape, climate change begins to take hold of Africa

We are right on the equator, and Speke, Moebius, Elena, Savoia and Moore, the five great glaciers of the the Rwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, glint in the bright Ugandan sun. Usually lost in the mists that cloak these peaks up to 5,100 metres high, the glaciers are the only major ones left of …

Are natural resources a blessing or a curse for developing countries?

<b>What is the resource curse?</b><p>Dating back to Adam Smith, this is the notion that countries with abundant natural resources do not perform as well economically as those without. Far from being a blessing, minerals have an adverse impact, the argument goes. This is because commodity exporters face a …

Hunger threatens millions as El Niño causes drought and floods

Aid agencies call for urgent action as failed harvests, stunted crops and soaring prices trigger widespread food shortages in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia<p>Aid agencies have warned that tens of millions of people in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia face severe hunger in the next six months following …

Sub-Saharan Africa's youth population offers ‘enormous potential’

Surging youth populations in sub-Saharan Africa will bring “enormous potential for economic and social growth” if leaders follow lessons in creating opportunities for young people from Asia’s economic giants, according to a UN report.<p>Nearly a quarter of the world’s 7.3 billion people are now aged …

Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge

While population growth slows in the rest of the world, it continues to rise in Africa. What are the implications?<p>The last 100 years have seen an incredible increase in the planet’s population. Some parts of the world are now seeing smaller increments of growth, and some, such as Japan, Germany, …

Geography

Nigeria's oil pipelines are battleground for brittle democracy

Photograph: Monica Mark<p>‘We want our person to be at the top,’ says Reuben Wilson.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/24/1427208631582/0ed0989c-6feb-48b6-8972-1b0810cd0ffd-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Monica Mark<p>‘We want our person to be at the top,’ says Reuben …

Illegal logging and fishing prolongs poverty in Africa, says Kofi Annan

$17bn lost to loggers and $1.3bn to fishing fleets a year, estimates Africa Progress report to launched by former UN chief<p>Billions of pounds a year is being plundered from Africa through illegal logging and fishing that is prolonging poverty in the world's poorest continent, the former head of the …

Annan calls for end to 'unconscionable' exploitation of Africa's resources

Commodities,Business,G8,World news,Kofi Annan,David Cameron,Politics,Natural resources and development,Global development<p>Former UN secretary-general urges David Cameron to use Britain's G8 chairmanship to push for change<p>Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, is urging David Cameron to use …

Marriage Green Cards Made Easy

What we do for you 01<p>We deal with the forms<p>We take all the required government forms for your situation and turn them into simple questions you can …

Africa, let us help – just like in 1884

One of the stated purposes of the Conference of Berlin in 1884 was to save Africans from the slave trade. To discharge this grave responsibility, Europe's powers discovered, to their undoubted distress, that they would have to extend their control and ownership of large parts of Africa.<p>In doing so, …

Viewpoint: How tribalism stunts African democracy

<b>Africa's democratic transition is back in the spotlight. The concern is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics.</b><p>Kenya's 2007-08 post-election violence revealed the extent to which tribal forces could quickly bring a country to the …

"The White Man's Burden": Kipling's Hymn to U.S. Imperialism

“The White Man’s Burden”: Kipling’s Hymn to U.S. Imperialism<p>In February 1899, British novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled “The …

The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24

Imperialism: Crash Course World History #35

Decolonization and Nationalism Triumphant: Crash Course World History #40

Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

Where does EU aid go?

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

Country Facts

Welcome<p>IndexMundi contains detailed country statistics, charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources.<p>You can explore and analyze thousands of …

The Slavery Story You Haven't Heard Yet

In "The Case for Reparations," his widely read <i>Atlantic</i> piece on the lingering consequences of racist housing policies, Ta-Nehisi Coates acknowledges …

Books

Boko Haram attacks in Niger force 50,000 people to flee

Civilians escaping violence that killed 26 soldiers in troubled south-east ‘urgently need shelter’, UN says<p>About 50,000 people have fled a town in Niger’s troubled south-east after deadly attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the UN said on Tuesday.<p>The attacks began on Friday against a military post in …

Africa's urbanisation 'megatrend' needs to deliver growth, says report

With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says<p>More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for …

Here are the books in the third annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular

Continuing the tradition we started two years ago, this summer will see the third installment of the annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. Over the course of the summer, we will feature posts about newly published books in African politics — broadly defined. Not all of the books are …

Lagos, Nigeria

A day in the digital life of Africa

From a Nigerian living in the shadow of Boko Haram to a 70-year-old farmer in Zimbabwe, technology is transforming what is possible in Africa<p>Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the …

Africa

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level'

UN says 80% of the Nigerian women who came to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 will be trafficked into prostitution<p>The trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels, with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are …

Africa

Privileged Nigerians shouldn’t downplay poverty just because it makes us look bad | Remi Adekoya

It makes us uncomfortable when it’s reported in western media, but we can’t sugar-coat reality – it’s dangerous: that reality could explode at any time<p>During a recent trip spent travelling across Nigeria, a banker friend of mine advised me to “keep things positive” if I ever shared my observations …

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien<p>The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation …

Africa