Southern Africa finds itself at the center of the offshore bulk sediment mining debate as international companies rush to strip mine phosphate deposits in coastal waters of South Africa and Namibia.
Legalizing trade in rhinoceros horns could help save the species, but some experts worry it might stimulate demand and encourage poachers.
PrEP drugs like Truvada can drastically lower the risk of HIV transmission. But young women in South Africa are pushing for a different kind of change.
At a global climate summit, news of the U.S. presidential election result turned the mood from cheery and celebratory to somber and defiant.
As President elect Trump seeks a quick exit from the Paris Climate Accord, the international community at the COP22 climate summit says the world will go forward without the US; China may lead.
Offshore mining prospecting rights cover 10 percent of South Africa's marine economic zone. With the country's inability to properly close mines, a large opposition movement fears offshore mining.
Negotiators in Morocco are ironing out the details of the Paris climate agreement—and they're coming to grips with what a Trump presidency might mean for it.
This month’s 22nd UN climate conference in Morocco is critical for putting practical mechanisms in place to determine how the world’s nations will curb climate change.
A look into the life of residents in Setswetla, an informal settlement in Johannesburg's Alexandra Township.
Activists face uphill battles when they push back against mining companies. Their stories include violence, secret deals, a lack of access to information and unenforced laws.
Snapshots of Ethiopians who have participated in KMG's community conversations and changed their minds about female genital mutilation and stopped the long-standing practice.
The people and places in Alex tell the township’s story and history, among them rival organizations of longtime property owners, a soup kitchen for drug addicts, and a hostel built under apartheid.
Jen Marlowe has won the Crossroads Film Festival Award in the "Transformative Film" category for her documentary Rebuilding Hope. The winning films were screened at the film festival in Jackson, Mississippi from April 16-18th.
Marco Vernaschi has won "Picture of the Year" and 1st prize in "Picture Story of the Year" in the Photographers Giving Back (PGB) Photo Award contest. Vernaschi's winning picture shows the chair on which the President of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo, was executed just a few hours previously.
The winners of the 2010 World Press Photo Contest were announced February 12 in Amsterdam. Pulitzer Center journalist Marco Vernaschi won first prize for General News in the Stories category for his work on narco trafficking in Guinea Bissau. Vernaschi's photographs will be featured in a traveling exhibition visited by over two million people in 45 countries. The contest is recognized as the world's most prestigious annual press photography competition.
Among the poorest countries in an embattled region absent from international headlines, the Central African Republic combats challenges of corruption and underdevelopment similar to those faced by its neighbors. A hotbed for sectarian violence, three civil wars ravaged the CAR in the past decade. Existing population security is credited predominately to UN aid and multilateral foreign assistance, creating a state essentially reliant on political life support.
Marco Vernaschi has been named a finalist for the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award in Photojournalism for his 2009 work on cocaine trafficking in West Africa. He was nominated by Karen Irvine of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
The ICP's Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1984 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries. The program is well known as the most prestigious photographic awards ceremony in the world!
The New York Times today covered East Africa's biggest new development: Plans are underway for construction of what will become the region's largest port in Lamu, Kenya. Promising swift growth for Lamu, a U.N. World Heritage site possessing rare traditional Swahili charm, the port will likely jump-start lagging regional economic development. But the boost may come at steep costs to environmental and cultural preservation.
In a column for the Des Moines Register, editor Carolyn Washburn commented on support from outside journalism organizations for staff projects, including the Pulitzer Center's support for Phil Brasher's project, "Can biotechnology save Africa?"
Pulitzer Center supported journalist Marco Vernaschi has been awarded the top prize in the lens culture International Exposure Awards for his in-depth examination of illegal activity inside Guinea Bissau. Vernaschi's portfolio was selected among more than 6,000 submissions from photographers in 48 countries.