Category: Natural Resources


Forget bling: Ghana’s rappers are putting the environment center stage

Accra, Ghana In the music video for his song Gold Coast, released last year, Ghanaian rapper ELi stands on Accra’s Labadi beach, as waves and plastic bottles crash against his legs. He walks barefoot across a carpet of plastic bottles and bags, with only hints of sand peaking through. In another scene, ELi stands at ...

More Africans have electricity, but they are using less of it

TOURISTS have long been drawn to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya by its steep cliffs, plentiful zebras and spectacular canyons. Recently there is a new attraction; a spa set amid the cliffs, with a huge pool heated by the energy stored in the Earth’s crust. Curiously, it is not run by a tourist company, ...


Africa’s political elites have built the same wealth plundering structures as the colonialists

The story of corruption in Africa is not new: tens of millions of dollars missing from Kenya’s ministry of health; billions in mining exports never reaching government coffers in the DR Congo; and cabinet members in Nigeria using bribes received in exchange for lucrative government contracts to buy condos in New York and Paris. Corruption ...


Africa poaching now a war, task force warns

The fight against poaching must be treated as a war, Africa’s leading anti-poaching coalition has said, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be monitored like global conflicts.

The Shifting Dynamics of Rhino Horn Trafficking

White Rhino at sanctuary in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Credit: Jennifer McKellar/IPS By Julian RademeyerPRETORIA, South Africa , Sep 21 2017 (IPS) Recent raids in South Africa have uncovered disturbing evidence of the changing dynamics of rhino horn trafficking from Africa to Asia. On 12 June 2017, police raided a house in the Johannesburg suburb ...

A tale of two nuts

Much has been made in recent years of ensuring that Africa retains more of the benefits of the raw materials it produces. Discussion has ranged from bauxite and diamond mining on to fruit and cereal production. Some governments have sought to block the export of unprocessed agricultural commodities but this can have unintended consequences. Kenya ...

East Africa’s banks optimistic outlook despite challenges

The African Business ‘Top 100 Banks’ survey, which was published in October 2016, underlined the growing importance of East Africa in the continental banking industry. The region has long been underrepresented in the Top 100 in comparison with the size of its population but has gained two entrants every year since 2013, taking it from ...

Communities Can be Role Models for Sustainable Development

Mikoko Pamoja is a community-based initiative that has pioneered carbon credit payments for mangrove restoration.   By Nik Sekhran UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 2017 (IPS) The United Nations, governments, civil society, business, thought leaders and media will gather in New York on September 17 to celebrate the winners of the Equator Prize 2017. The 15 ...


South Africa gold mining companies face silicosis lawsuit

They have won praise for HIV work, but are accused of failing to safeguard workers from lung diseases Powered by WPeMatico