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t1larg.africa.care A negative image of Africa in the UK is harming efforts to raise food aid in the continent, charity Oxfam has said.

It found that three out of four people had become desensitised to images showing hunger, drought and disease.

Three-quarters thought it was possible to end hunger in Africa, but just one in five believed they could play an active role in achieving it.

Of the more than 2,000 people (more…)

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Supporters of Ghanaian opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, in Kasoa, December 1, 2012.

Supporters of Ghanaian opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party, in Kasoa, December 1, 2012.

Unlike their Western counterparts, Africans take elections very seriously — rising up early to queue patiently in line for hours under the hot sun and cast their ballots. Any misguided attempt to nullify or steal their votes will evoke (more…)

Britain's Mohamed Farah celebrates winning the men's 5000m final at the Games on August 11Global press agency AFP have already released their selection of 2012’s best pictures — even though there is still a full month to go. The incredible images capture every major news story of the year so far, from triumph at the Olympics to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in the US and ongoing violence in Syria.  (more…)

Political violence soon took on an ethnic dimension after Kenya’s disputed 2007 elections. 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. Kenya’s 2007-08 post-election violence revealed the extent to which tribal forces could quickly bring a country to the brink of civil war.

The challenge to democracy in Africa is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to (more…)

In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, London-based Ugandan writer Joel Kibazo considers how the leadership of the big superpowers affects the continent. Sometimes it is so difficult to know which way to turn.

I was among the millions that abandoned sleep last Tuesday to watch the spectacle that is the US presidential election draw to a close. This after all is the most powerful nation on earth and what happens in the United States affects every soul on the planet. How could I possibly go to sleep without knowing (more…)

We are in the midst of furious campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December. Every available space is covered with billboards, posters and flags.

As there are eight presidential candidates, the number of posters that can be squeezed around one light pole on a street is best left to the imagination. The decibel level around the country generally has gone up and we cannot hear each other talk or, if truth be told, we do not want to hear each other because, to quote a friend, our minds are made up and we do not want to be confused with facts. Political campaigning in Ghana has its own rules and quirks. (more…)

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) will sweep approximately 52 per cent of the total votes in the December 7 presidential polls, while its rival, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will get 46.9 per cent of the votes, a local research group, Marketing Social Research International (MSRI), has said.

The findings show that the other smaller parties would barely make one per cent of the collective votes.

The research was conducted between September and October 2012 across all the 230 constituencies in Ghana. (more…)

Cape Town — Gallup, a leading research consultancy known for its opinion polls, has released its “Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leaders” report, which seeks to provide leaders at all levels of society with “timely, foward-looking economics on what their citizens are thinking”.

It is crucial for a country’s leadership to be in touch with the mood of its citizens, according to Gallup CEO Jim Clifton, as highlighted by the events of the Arab Spring.

Here are some high- and lowlights from the report: (more…)

Three presidential candidates have resumed rigorous campaigning in the regions, as they approach the homestretch of the December polls, after suspending their political campaign to commiserate with victims of the Achimota Melcom supermarket disaster. President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress ((NDC),Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party(NPP)and Dr.Michael Abu Sakara of the Covention People’s Party (CPP) all abandoned their campaign  tours in various parts of the country and rushed  to Accra to witness rescue operations at the Melcom supermarket disaster spot and console families of victims. (more…)

Helen Zille treads a narrow path. She’s a white woman, leading the main opposition party, against a former African liberation movement, in what you might call a “developing democracy”.

In many countries, the leader of the opposition can afford to rail and spin and generally throw mud at the ruling party without too much caution, while those in charge of running the government are held more firmly to account.

Here in South Africa the opposite often seems to hold true. (more…)