Melinda Gates reviews "However Long the Night," by Aimee Molloy, which tells Molly Melching's story and the story of the Senegalese communities where she works.
The first time I met Molly Melching, the founder of an organization called Tostan, we were driving through the countryside in Senegal on our way to Kolma Peulh, one of more than 1,000 villages in Senegal that no longer practice female genital cutting because of the innovative work Molly and Tostan have been doing with the locals for years.
Molly spent an hour telling me about her life and her approach, which is based on two things: deep, deep engagement with local communities, and the concept of basic human rights as the starting point for any intervention. Her personal story was inspiring. Her ideas were thoughtful. When we arrived in Koma Peulh, I saw everything she’d been telling me about with my own eyes, and it was incredible. With Molly’s help, the community had created a new vocabulary for talking about the most important issues they face, and they were using it to make all sorts of improvements to their lives. I have not thought the same way about the work I do at the Gates Foundation since that day.
Africa is the second most populous continent in the world only exceeded by Asia. While some countries are using their population to drive growth, others are suffering negative effects due to pressure on public services and urban poverty . As CCTV's Girum Chala reports, Africa must embark on proper policy implementation if it is to benefit from the huge resource that is its population.
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Nairobi — THE country will host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the Confederation of African Football has confirmed.
This follows a meeting of the CAF Executive committee under the leadership of President, Issa Hayatou, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt last Friday.
“The CAF Executive Committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following receipt of necessary government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” the football governing body stated in a document made available to this agency on Monday.
The CHAN tournament, which features footballers plying their trade in the domestic leagues, would arguably be the biggest sporting event the country would have hosted.
Students at the Centre of Science and Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, have high hopes: to become doctors and engineers, win top awards, and lift their families out of poverty. This video introduces a year-long series chronicling the struggles of these exceptional students from Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's most densely populated, low-income areas.
Over the past couple of months, there has been a national debate on whether or not to devolve education. Predictably, Governors have been leading the campaign for devolution of education, arguing it will result in better educational outcomes than the current centralised system.
The National government on the other hand has flatly rejected this proposal, arguing that education is a first of all a national function according to the Constitution.
Secondly, counties lack the capacity to be involved in education management. Amidst this debate, it is possible to lose sight of the bigger issue; the Kenyan education system is simply not living up to its goals.
With the management of education this is, and only ever should be, ONE question: what best benefits the students?
Turning education into a political football for point-scoring against your opposition will only ever do more harm than good - just look at the harm done the British state education system since Thatcher (enthusiastically followed by Blair) made it a political football.
Africa is at a decisive moment in its history. The continent boasts macroeconomic resilience that was aptly sustained during and after the global financial crisis. As the continent with the youngest population and a growing middle class, Africa promises to be a competitive emerging market and a powerhouse for the world’s sustainable growth. Africa has been charting a path of structural transformation that has unleashed visible benefits of growth. However, in order to quickly converge with the world’s rate of human and economic development, the continent urgently needs to consolidate past successes and embark on a smarter and more sustainable development path.
The 5th Annual Harvard African Development Conference (ADC) takes place at an auspicious moment, shortly after and before the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), respectively. The Golden Jubilee of Africa’s premier development and governance institutions is therefore a unique chance to reflect on the journey thus far and take stock of trends, challenges, and opportunities as well as forecast prospects for the future.
UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced. (New levels of cruelty and violence in CAR with over 130 children killed and maimed.
Gigwapi, an online event listing service, has launched a cashless payment system and social media sharing card. The card, Gigwapi card, will be used to pay for tickets and goods at events: The card holds your personal information and can automatically integrate to your social media profile.
In the last five years, Africa has undergone a phenomenon that analysts refer to as the continent’s “digital revolution.” A recent wave of investor capital to the continent signals that this trend is unlikely to change course any time soon. The virtual revolution means sudden improvements to education, health and political spheres - prompting more leaders to embrace technological development as they would more “traditional” development projects.
The upsurge of IT usage across the continent has brought Africa access to many important things from the wider world - but also (and I think more importantly) innovation from the developers and users across Africa has shown the world many new and different ways that the technology can be used.
Look at MPesa; look at the amazingly inventive ways medical professions are making use of mobile phones to help remote communities; look at the primary school in Kisumu, Kenya that is using Kindles instead of paper textbooks.
The internet and mobile phones are changing Africa - but marvelous innovation is going the other way too.
An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week (25 February).
Judges called the idea "simple, extraordinarily clever and truly innovative" at the awards, which took place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Africans are generally negative about the impact of Chinese business on the continent. This is the key finding from a long-awaited survey conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA).. Keep yourself informed about what is happening in the world of ethics! Read now all Globethics.net news
There is a definite feeling that there is a new kind of colonialism happening in Africa.
Certainly watching Chinese hawkers along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi is ... odd.
I've not seen it yet, but I've heard that there are even Chinese guys hawking roasted maize.
Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.
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