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Two friends chat in a street in Blantyre. Malawians who work in the cities, where the middle classes are more likely to be found, are primarily engaged in local government, wholesale and retail marketing, social and community services, construction, transport, finance and business.

Lilongwe, the Malawian capital, is still waiting for its middle class to emerge.Home to the halls of political and administrative power, it has the ty(...)

Godelive Nyirabakobwa, who  has become a successful grower of pineapples in Rwanda with help from an Oxfam-supported project. Photograph: Simon Rawles/Oxfam Ireland

Anti-poverty charity Oxfam saw a sharp drop in income last year, despite a significant increase in the amount invested in fundraising.Income from fund(...)

Craig Carey: “Times are hard, and the nasty legacy of the boom will continue to resonate for many years to come, especially for those in negative equity. But we aren’t in a depression.”

As the date for Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF bailout approaches, we asked Irish emigrants abroad through the Generation Emigration blog for their(...)

The reviewers found that “accused priests were afforded too much tolerance and so found it too easy to avoid being held accountable for their actions”

A review of child protection in the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order based in Co Wicklow, has found that the congregation “has been challenged (...)

The Ntchisi region of Malawi. One in seven people in the Southern African country has HIV/Aids.  Photograph: Sally Hayden

Jake* is 19. He found out he was HIV positive when an ad on the radio station he was listening to mentioned that the hospital he had been attending ev(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

President of Malawi Joyce Banda:  her  handling of the scandal has damaged her reputation. Photograph:  Andrew Cowie/Getty Images

The optimists believe Malawi’s so-called “Cashgate” scandal might herald a new beginning, a new democratic dispensation that would end the corruption (...)

The Afrobarometer study reveals that about 50 per cent of all the respondents reported they occasionally lacked access to food, clean water and medicine in 2012.

Despite sustained economic growth in Africa over the past decade, most governments across the continent have failed to reduce poverty levels among the(...)

Dr Yvonne Crotty,  Jerome Morrissey,  Bessie Nyirenda,  Prof  Brian McCraith,  Hensen Seidisa,   Solange Mukanurenzi and    Dr Margaret Farren were at the ceremony.

Dublin City University held a graduation ceremony yesterday more than 7,000km from home, as the first participants in its “future African leaders” pro(...)

Nurse Nitta Chakanika of Joyful Motherhood prepares to examine a newborn baby. Tradition dictates that most women in Malawi give birth at home, with the help of local women known as traditional birth attendants.

In a rural village on the outskirts of Lilongwe, chubby-cheeked Pemphero Cosmas is crying in the arms of her uncle, confused by the group that have(...)

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