Category: Poverty


Why poor parents in Nairobi choose private over free primary schools

The numbers of low cost private schools in low and middle income countries have exploded in recent years. These schools charge fees that are affordable to the poorest segment of the population, and often target these populations specifically. But, in many countries, these schools have been criticized for failing to meet minimum standards set by ...

What fuel, bread and water reveal about how Egypt is mismanaged

WITH less than two months to go before Egypt’s presidential election, no one is talking about the choice of candidates, because there is no choice. All serious rivals to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who seized power in a coup in 2013, have been scared off. A single challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, who until recently was an ...


Malawi:1.9 Million Families Face Food Shortage

[Nyasa Times] Maize production for 2017/2018 growing season will reduce by over 283,941 metric tonnes due to prolonged dry spells including fall armyworms that have 18 districts and estimates that 1.9 million families face food shortage , the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliamnet on Monday.

The Potential of School Meals to Change the Nutrition Landscape in Africa

School feeding programme, Zambia. Credit: Danstan Kaunda/IPS By Daniel BalabanFeb 2 2018 (IPS) Tackling malnutrition is essential for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and will be critical for the African continent to reach its full development potential. Studies in Africa evidence that the economic impact of undernutrition can reach up to ...

Rise of Teenage Pregnancy Deters Development Goals

Teenage mom with her baby. Credit: IPS By Lorenzo Jiménez de LuisSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Dec 19 2017 (IPS) A few years ago, someone shared a video with me that deeply impacted me. It was called “The Girl Effect”. In three minutes, the video demonstrates the fate of millions of girls and teenagers around the ...


Senegalese startup brings financial solution to poor women

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have a bank account. That means they have no access to services like loans and insurance. A Senegalese is hoping to change that by combining age-old saving practices with new technology.

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, ...


The flawed logic of forced slum evictions

How do we end the vicious land grab cycle trapping the urban poor?

Migrants in Italy: “Shame Is Keeping Us Here”

Bamba Drissa from Ivory Coast was one of the 61,532 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in January 2016. Credit: Daan Bauwens/IPS   By Daan Bauwens RIGNANO GARGANICO, Italy, Dec 12 2017 (IPS) Despite deplorable living conditions, loneliness and unemployment, many African migrants in Italy choose to stay – even when they have the means to ...


Why a rural African family without electricity might prefer a kerosene lamp to cheaper solar

The idea that technology and innovation can have a meaningful impact on African countries is something championed in many of the stories you’ll read on Quartz Africa. We regularly see ingenuity across the continent as different communities try to get around daily challenges, in many cases requiring that they overcome long-term infrastructural deficits. For example, ...