Stories written by Nalisha Adams
Nalisha Adams, based in Johannesburg, manages a network of writers who often work under dangerous and traumatic conditions with limited resources across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. She leads the IPS team in reporting on development, focusing largely on the Sustainable Development Goals and human rights issues. She joined IPS in 2009 as a thematic editor, reporting to the regional Africa editor, before taking on the role as Africa editor. She was previously an assistant editor of global markets research at Standard Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to that she was a senior journalist for a number of years at South Africa’s daily newspaper The Star, covering various issues including gender, hard news, HIV/AIDS and crime and justice. In 2003 she won the Mondi Shanduka Award for best feature story and story of the year for “A Fall of Sparrows”, a narrative on HIV/AIDS. The story tracked the lives of two HIV-positive women living in a South African township. Nalisha has an honours degree in journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Investment to Make Africa a World leader in Renewables

Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, is set to become a world leader in renewable energy. As global business and development leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), held Nov. 11 to 13, one of the key focuses of the deals being discussed was around sustainable, renewable energy.

African Development Bank Plans for a Self-sufficient, Integrated and Industrialised Continent

Arama Sire Camara, a fruit and vegetable seller in the province of Kindia, some 135 km from the Guinean capital of Conakry, feels safer trading well into the night thanks to the Rural Electrification Project, financed by 21-million-dollar investment by the African Development Bank. “With lighting on the road at night and illuminating our goods, it means we are safer, especially with all the cars on the road. You can work for longer after nightfall, and so we can make more of our products,” she says.

Leprosy Survivor Creates Hope and Support for Others Affected by Disease

When Ariel Lazarte from Quezon City, Philippines, was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2014, his life seemed as if it were falling apart. But now more than four years later Lazarte’s life is a huge contrast from the poverty and isolation he experienced as a person affected by leprosy.

Q&A: The Arrival of the African Blue Economy as a Real Prospect

The first every global conference to address the twin focuses on both conservation and economic growth of the oceans has fulfilled the broad range of expectations it set out to define.

‘A Turtle is Worth More Alive Than Dead’

On the north-eastern shores of Trinidad and Tobago, on the shoreline of Matura, more than 10,000 leatherback turtles climb the beaches to nest each year. But there the local community is keenly area of one thing: ‘a turtle alive is worth more than a turtle dead.”

How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa

Every Sunday afternoon, Thembi Majola* cooks a meal of chicken and rice for her mother and herself in their home in Alexandra, an informal settlement adjacent to South Africa’s wealthy economic hub, Sandton.

Graça Machel: hold government to account on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in mothers and children. Credit:  Erik Forster/CEPA

HEALTH-AFRICA: Fresh Campaign Against Paediatric AIDS

Eleven years ago, Raloke Odetoyinbo had been married for two years and a month when she found out she was HIV positive.

 Credit:  Zahira Kharsany/IPS

MOZAMBIQUE: Technology Could Increase Food Harvest and Reduce Poverty

In rural Mozambique, increasing numbers of families are growing their own food and lifting themselves out of poverty.

FINANCE: Africa Wants Greater Voice at IMF

Civil society in Kenya has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for greater representation within its decision making boards and the formation of a dispute resolution body.