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Madagascar elections: what happened next?

Hery focus 2More than two months have passed since new president Hery Rajaonarimampianina was sworn in and the results of the parliamentary elections were validated by the electoral court. Yet Madagascar seems no closer to having a Prime Minister and a government. Read the full story here.

Published as a blog on the website of PR company Gong Communications, March 2014.


Why NTDs are about more than drugs

LF patientsDisabilities caused by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are often overlooked in prevention efforts. Media coverage and health programmes must also focus on side-effects and care options. Read the full story here.

Published in the Guardian’s Development Professionals’ Network, 9 January 2014.


Resuscitating investment in NTDs

MDSC lab technician at work 2 (2)While investment in diseases like malaria is growing, funding for NTD cures is showing signs of drying up. Collaboration between researchers and industry will be key to bucking the trend. Read the full story here.

Published in The Guardian’s Development Professionals’ Network, 23 Dec 2013.


Madagascar: Political jockeying ahead of December elections

IMG_1410Candidates will be forming alliances ahead of the second round of presidential elections on 20 December, which will also coincide with the legislative elections. The job of Prime Minister is at stake. Read the full story here.

Published in The Africa Report, 28 October 2013.


Madagascar elections: they happened, and without incident

IMG_1678The first round of the elections on 25 October was a momentous occasion: that they happened at all is remarkable, after so many false starts. That they happened without incident was more than most people hoped for. Here’s to hoping they can repeat the feat for the second round on 20 December. Read the full story here.

Published on African Arguments, 30 October 2013.


Elections key to kickstart Madagascar economy

IMG_1669Madagascar’s economy is floundering amidst chronic political uncertainty. Presidential elections must run smoothly to provide businesses the stability they need. Read the full story here.

Published in This Is Africa, 25 October 2013.


Madagascar pins hopes on presidential elections

IMG_1721The African island nation has languished under foreign sanctions since a coup in 2009. Many hope Friday’s vote will put the country back on track. Read the full story here.

Published in the Christian Science Monitor, 24 October 2013.


Comoros: Tropical charm off the beaten path

Swimming at Trou du PropheteYou may struggle to place the country on a map (fyi in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique) but this is precisely why travellers love the Comoros. They have signature Indian Ocean charm, without the high end frills of other tropical islands. Read the full story here.

Published on lonelyplanet.com, 18 October 2013.


Madagascar takes steps towards democracy

IMG_1708A coup in 2009 has led the island republic into poverty. But presidential elections on 25 October could reverse that trend. Read the full story here.

Published in The Guardian, 22 October 2013.


Education: collateral damage of Madagascar’s politics

Marovohitra Primary SchoolThe political crisis in Madagascar has had a devastating impact on the education system: money for schools and teachers has dried up and parents have struggled to pay fees. Elections on 25 October could herald a new chapter. You can listen to the story here (starts nearly 12 min in).

The piece aired on the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent on Radio 4 on 17 October 2013.