Stories written by Louise Redvers
Louise Redvers is a British newspaper-trained journalist reporting on Angola, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa, Africa's interaction with BRIC countries and African Lusophone relationships. Formerly a correspondent for BBC and AFP in Angola, Louise is now based in Johannesburg. She is a regular contributor to the Mail and Guardian, BBC World Service, IPS and The Economist Intelligence Unit and has been published in The Economist, The Guardian (U.K.), The Africa Report, Africa Confidential, the Financial Times, Business Report (South Africa) and others.

Flooding in Cazenga, near Luanda: govt has neglected infrastructure in informal settlements. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

Residents Hope 2010 Flooding Prompts Govt Action in Luanda

The water seeped into Feliciana Teresa Matia’s home from beneath its mud floor and when her 20-year-old son Francisco got up to go to work, grabbing a metal pole for guidance in the dark, he was electrocuted.

Ramping up Malaria Prevention in Angola

Crouched on an upturned plastic box, Eva Angelino bounces 11-month old Odelina on her knee, trying to stop her crying. Mother and daughter are waiting in line outside a public health centre not far from the city centre of Angola’s capital Luanda.

Angolans at the Mama Rosa transit camp in northern Angola. Credit:  Save the Children Angola

ANGOLA: Tit-for-Tat Deportations Leave Thousands At Risk

More than 30,000 Angolans are stranded in transit camps after being abruptly deported from the Democratic Republic of Congo and there are growing fears of a cholera outbreak as the rainy season begins.

Many Angolan children don't reach their fifth birthday. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

HEALTH-ANGOLA: "It's Normal Here That Children Die Young"

Angelina Silva doesn’t remember the exact dates when her sons died. She just remembers their ages.

Rapid economic growth is not translating into a better life for Angola's majority. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

ANGOLA: Rich and Poor – One Country but Worlds Apart

A chauffeur guides a shining 4x4 BMW out of a gated condominium, ferrying a smartly-dressed executive and her three uniformed children out into another morning in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

Classes offer girls aged 10 to 18 an accelerated learning programme that covers two grades in one year to make up for lost time. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

ANGOLA: Teenage School Programme Gives Drop Outs Second Chance at Education

Free primary education for all is an Angolan government policy, but unfortunately this has not translated into a reality that sees all children receiving education.

Angolan potato farmers: "If you don't do agriculture, you don't eat," says Clinton. Credit:  IRIN

U.S.-AFRICA: Clinton Backs Agricultural Development

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is using her trip to Africa to promote agricultural development as an approach to food aid which she has described as a "signature element" of the new Obama administration’s foreign policy.

In search of a deal at a Luanda warehouse: Angola has one of the highest rates of early-stage entrepreneurs. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

ECONOMY-ANGOLA: Entrepreneurial Spirit Born Out of Necessity

"Amiga, amiga," the women shout out, "Apples, pears, pineapples..." their cries fading into the beeps and growls of the traffic noise.

A Namibian Red Cross volunteers talks to flood-displaced people. Credit:  IFRC/IPS

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Floods – Breaking the Cycle

The fourth largest river in Africa, the mighty Zambezi, is a lifeblood to 32 million people, from land-locked Zambia to Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. But its blessing is also its curse.

Thousands of Angolan small-scale farmers are trapped in poverty.  Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

POVERTY-ANGOLA: NGOs Sceptical of Govt’s Rural Development Plans

In an attempt to reduce rural poverty, Angola’s government plans to diversify its oil-focused economy by trying to restore the country’s once-booming agricultural sector.

Flooding in Cunene: relief workers are working with affected people to cover their vital needs in a way that helps future recovery. Credit:  IFRC/IPS

WATER-ANGOLA: Smart Relief Needed as Floodwaters Fall

The flood waters are starting to recede as the rainy season ends for another year, but while the emergency is over in southern Angola, the long term outlook is bleak.

OMA advisor Odelina de Almeida speaks to survivors of domestic violence outside a support centre in Angola. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

ANGOLA: No Law to Stop Domestic Violence

Teresa Barros’ problems started last year with the death of her baby.

Luzia Inglês Van-Dúnem -- plenty of powerful women in Angola Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

POLITICS-ANGOLA: A Tradition of Strong Women

She was orphaned by Angola's liberation struggle against Portugal, but through it she found a new family and a life-long inspiration.

DEVELOPMENT-ANGOLA: Building Sustainable Water Systems

Angola may be emerging as an African super power with its plentiful oil exports and a booming property market. But look behind the façade of this boom and real entrenched poverty continues to blight millions of lives.

MP Luzia Ingles -- women's views and needs may differ from those of men. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

POLITICS-ANGOLA: Boys’ Club No Longer

Something looked very different at the inauguration of Angola’s newly elected parliament, held Tuesday at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda, the capital - this is not a boys' club any longer.

Women like this street vendor hope the elections will mean better economic opportunities. Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

POLITICS-ANGOLA: Economy Weighing On Voters’ Minds

Angola's economy may be booming on the back of high oil prices and strong diamond exports, but six years after a peace deal ended the 27-year civil war, unemployment stands at around 65 percent.

Clarisse Kaputu believes men are ready to listen to female politicians. Credit:  Loiuse Redvers/IPS

POLITICS-ANGOLA: Ambitious Plans For Women's Participation

Nearly a third of candidates in Angola's upcoming parliamentary elections are female, thanks to a new quota imposed by the government. The 30 percent rule was designed to bring more women into the country's parliament, but as campaigning gets under way, women continue to stay in Angola's political shadows, barely visible at rallies and with few holding senior party positions.

Young Unita supporters at the launch of the party campaign in Luanda Credit:  Louise Redvers/IPS

POLITICS-ANGOLA: Test of Lasting Peace – Campaigning Begins

Angola may not have had an election for 16 years, but it certainly knows how to campaign.

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