December 13, 2012 Zakale Creations is a jewelry-designing operation that employs 30 young people — former thieves and prostitutes. The Nairobi-based operation is the brainchild of John Mucheru, himself a former mugger.
November 28, 2012 Nearly 600 rhinos have been killed this year despite extensive efforts by South Africa and other African nations to protect the animal.
November 7, 2012 These women are a rarity in the African coffee world: They manage farms, market beans to buyers, and share their expertise to empower other women in their countries to do the same.
October 2, 2012 As al-Qaida has fragmented, U.S. officials have turned their attention to loosely affiliated groups that present threats of their own. Officials tell The Washington Post that among the steps being considered are drone strikes aimed at terrorists based in North Africa.
September 26, 2012 Vanessa Kerry, a daughter of Sen. John Kerry, has created a nonprofit to partner with the Peace Corps in sending doctors and nurses abroad. In return, the organization pays off a portion of the volunteers' school loans. The goal is to reduce the severe shortage of medical workers in developing countries.
September 22, 2012 On World Rhino Day, people across the globe celebrate the rhinoceros and raise awareness to save all five species.
September 19, 2012 An experimental program by the Global Fund brought more than 100 million malaria treatments to people in sub-Saharan Africa last year, a panel of public health experts said on Monday. But time may have run out for the program to prove it's worth continuing as the Global Fund's budget declines.
September 13, 2012 It sounds like a straightforward question: When did we become human? But as commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests, the answers are multiple and entangled. An African archaeological site dated to 100,000 years ago holds some clues.
August 28, 2012 Insects, such as locust and grasshoppers, are a cheap source of protein that requires minimum resources to farm. Taking advantage of these properties, two design students have built an emergency food kit that allows families in a Kenyan refugee camp to grow their own source of protein—locust.
August 17, 2012 The rising popularity of premium coffee in the U.S. is having a direct positive effect on some of the poorest farmers in the world. Freelance photographer Jonathan Kalan has seen it firsthand, and explains how this business sprung up in Rwanda and how it continues to benefit the family farmers.
July 24, 2012 How do you get women to rethink condoms made for them? Advocates are trying a fashion show and the world's longest chain of paper dolls at the international AIDS meeting in Washington. Female condoms are the only contraceptive initiated by woman that protects against HIV infection.