Monthly Archives: August 2012


Kladogo: When a Tour Goes Bad

Over the past weeks, news about the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda have dominated the news. Latest information shows that the epidemic is slowly being contained. It spreads among other ways, through physical contact with a person suffering from Ebola or carrying the virus that causes Ebola.   But Kasuule [...]

Mali’s Humanitarian Crises

With so much attention to stonings, amputations, and the destruction of world heritage sites by radical Islamists in the north and the sometimes grotesque political ballet in Bamako, it is easy to lose sight of the dawning humanitarian nightmare of malnutrition, and internal displacement and refugees, all of which encourage [...]

  • A beautiful view of the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe, Africa

Tourism in Africa is Slowly Coming of Age

Jet-lagged, 500 delegates from around the world arrived in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in May to deliberate on the path to Africa’s tourism future. To unwind, Zimbabwe’s Tourism Authority, host of the congress of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), had organized a fun-filled welcome. The delegates toured Victoria Falls—one of the [...]

Peter MacQueen: Remembering a Historic Kilimanjaro Climb

Have you ever been on a flight and looked at a mountain thousands of feet below and wondered what its name is, whether it has been climbed yet, and if so, who was the first to do so? Using the website of Hidden Journeys, by the Royal Geographical Society (with [...]

Challenges to the Rights of Women: a Call for a More Discerning Africa

The past week has most certainly been a disturbing one for anyone concerned with the rights of women. In the U.S., Missouri Representative Todd Akin attempted to justify his vehement anti-abortion stance, stating that in cases of “legitimate rape,” a woman is highly unlikely to fall pregnant because “the female [...]

  • Kenyan Mobile banking-Safaricom

Cashing In: Africa′s Mobile Money Market

If one were to paint a picture of the Kenya that most of the world is familiar with, it would likely include the wildlife landscapes like the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where you’re guaranteed to see some of the “Big Five,” including lions, leopards, and elephants. Add to that the [...]

  • Sirleaf Market Women's Fund

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Launches Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund Video

“It’s just been so encouraging to see how women in the United States and in Europe have given of themselves to support the women of Liberia, and the women of Liberia who are trying to support the economy and thereby support the President. So it’s solidarity all around.”—Dr. Thelma Awori, [...]

  • Bangaly Traore

A Boy in Guinea, On His Way to Dance in New York

“Who can do this part of the choreography? I need someone who can flip, turn, leap and do hip hop—basically everything,” I said to my group of 30 students in Guinea, West Africa. The kids all pointed to a skinny boy at the back of the training room. He walked [...]

  • Frog Designer Robert Fabricant

Dalberg Talks: The Engagement Gap

In the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the HIV infection rate is among the highest in the world. Local clinics offer free information, testing and other services, but many people refuse to visit them. In Zambia, Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve a crucial role in Last Mile Delivery of [...]

Meles Zenawi: A Two-Sided Man Who Took the Long March to Power

Earlier this year, I wrote that “Meles Zenawi is the cleverest and most engaging Prime Minister in Africa,” but I always felt that when I talked to Ethiopians about him, it seemed like I was speaking about a different person. It was as if he had two personalities—one for Ethiopians, [...]

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