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On Molly Melching and "However Long the Night"

On Molly Melching and "However Long the Night" | African News | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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earthdog58's comment, March 21, 2014 2:05 AM
This is a wonderful story of how courageous compassion can change the lives of women and girls; and can make a whole community look at itself and question everything about itself.
earthdog58's comment, March 21, 2014 2:14 AM
As Melinda Gates says in the article: "The solution is the people who live in these communities, and their drive to make the future better than the past." This is a story that makes me, at one and the same time, feel bad about myself (for not doing more, for not being a better person) and incredibly optimistic about the future. Cheered by the thought that for every act of primitive, evil stupidity there is an act of kindness, of compassion. More than one for one - for as a species, overall, we are surely better than the worst of us. The chief of Koma Peulh - a man who can not in himself be a bad person, just misguided - says a wonderful thing: [there is nothing] as bad as nearsightedness of the heart". This article has made me cry and smile.
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Supporting start-ups in Addis Ababa

Supporting start-ups in Addis Ababa | African News | Scoop.it
Two aid workers from Germany's GIZ are now nurturing start-ups in the Ethiopian capital - from a text messaging service for job seekers to bamboo ramps for skateboarders.

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Reaping From Africa's Population

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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earthdog58's comment, March 14, 2014 7:57 PM
Thanks for the link, Linda. Note that this comes from CCTV - and China has its own agenda for Africa
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AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education

AfDB approves Sh79bn Kenya loan for roads, education | African News | Scoop.it
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a five-year Sh79.2 billion financing deal for Kenya to boost economic empowerment through job creation.
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Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts

Kenya Confirmed CHAN 2018 Hosts | African News | Scoop.it

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.

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Video: Learning to Succeed in South Africa

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.

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Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System

Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System | African News | Scoop.it

 

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.

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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.

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Aid to Africa: Better to bypass NGOs and give directly?

Aid to Africa: Better to bypass NGOs and give directly? | African News | Scoop.it
In one study, money given directly to households helped, and with no rise in alcohol or tobacco. An era of 'effective altruism' is upon us. Donors want to know their benevolence works.
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This is an interesting idea - and links with schemes like Kiva - but how manageable is this as a wide-spread, long-term strategy?

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Harvard African Development Conference

Harvard African Development Conference | African News | Scoop.it

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.

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An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox

An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox | African News | Scoop.it
This is a transformative moment for Africa – and indeed, for the world.
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Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us.

 

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earthdog58's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:20 AM

Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

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Chissano speaks in a  voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

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Experts Link Hunger to Aids in Africa

Experts Link Hunger to Aids in Africa | African News | Scoop.it

Experts have warned that poor nutrition may be a factor in accelerating the spread of HIV in Africa and could slow treatment and care for people living with AIDS.

 

According to Professor Onesmo Ole Moiyoi from Kenya's Aga Khan University, malnutrition leads to suppression of the immune system, which can increase the risk of catching infections including HIV.

 

http://www.allafrica.com  - African news and information for a global audience

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How UNICEF is helping children in the Central Africa Republic | News | UNICEF UK

How UNICEF is helping children in the Central Africa Republic | News | UNICEF UK | African News | Scoop.it
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.

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Mekhala's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:43 PM

      This article is about UNICEF helping children in the Central Africa Republic. UNICEF is terrified by the cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic. Children are  targeted because of their religion, or because of their community. Over 130 children have been killed and severely wounded/injured , some of them in the worst way imaginable. UNICEF is urgently requesting  to government, community, religious and civil society leaders who have the trust of their communities to help end the violence and to work together to let everyone be kind to one another. Over a million children in Central Africa Republic are in need of medical care. UNICEF is helping by giving emergency vaccinations, providing and giving out blankets, soap, cans to carry liquid, medicine, water purification supplied, plastic sheeting, and health and first-aid kits. UNICEF is also working very hard to try to establish safe spaces for the children, where they may be able to reunite with their families again. 

 

      This helps me understand that Africa is still not happy about having different religions in the country. Some may think that other religions and beliefs are wrong, they may even want to get rid of it completely. Even though Africa can be a very cruel and violent place, if you went to the right place you could be safe, like for example being with the UNICEF team, that would be a very safe place. It also tells me that Africa is not all just a horrible and violent place but that it also gets the help it need to keep people safe.

 

      My opinion on this article is that people shouldn't care about religion, it doesn't change the way people are. Not everyone is the same and you should accept what others believe in. You may not believe the same thing but it doesn't have to get in the way of a friendly relationship with one another. Even though this is happening I truly respect UNICEF for doing everything in their power to keep children/ people safe from getting killed or hurt. I believe that they are really committed to helping and they are saving many people right now. 

      

      

 
earthdog58's comment, February 23, 2014 9:13 PM
Even though Africa can be a very cruel and violent place, if you went to the right place you could be safe, like for example being with the UNICEF team" - I appreciate what you say in your response, but please be aware that there are a great many places on the continent that are safe to visit - far more than where it is dangerous.
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Ten African countries and their G8 New Alliance commitments

Ten African countries and their G8 New Alliance commitments | African News | Scoop.it

-  Some of the 200-plus commitments made after agribusinesses were granted unprecedented access to decision-makers

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Binyavanga Wainaina on aid, power and the politics of development in Africa – video

Binyavanga Wainaina on aid, power and the politics of development in Africa – video | African News | Scoop.it
Kenyan writer tells Eliza Anyangwe why west's notion of 'development' and its jargons fail to capture the reality of Africa
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Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices

Kenyan Company Launches Social Media Sharing Card · Global Voices | African News | Scoop.it

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.

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Yet more ICT innovation from Kenya.

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In startups we trust: Africa and its 'silent' rise to stardom

In startups we trust: Africa and its 'silent' rise to stardom | African News | Scoop.it
It's starting to get redundant to say tech is big in Africa. Of course tech is big in Africa. Tech is big everywhere - it's our favourite toy right now. A few weeks ago, I was hanging around Social...

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Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead

Africa's Digital Revolution: Full Speed Ahead | African News | Scoop.it

 

By Marguerite Ward

 

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.


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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.

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Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize | African News | Scoop.it

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.

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A marvelous piece of lateral thinking.

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▶ Nigerian Bio-Gas

In West Africa, a Nigerian community has cooking gas and electricity for the first time, thanks to a company that devised a way to use garbage for producing bio-gas.

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Can CSI-style tactics help save Africa's rhinos? (+video)

Can CSI-style tactics help save Africa's rhinos? (+video) | African News | Scoop.it
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/opinion/a-trophy-hunt-thats-good-for-rhinos.html?_r=0Britain's politicians and royals lend support to a wildlife conservation conference starting Feb. 13. A rhino DNA database may offer a way to tackle illegal trade.
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Sounds more logical than American millionaires "shooting them to save them"



http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/us/black-rhino-hunting-permit/


http://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/trophy_hunting

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/opinion/a-trophy-hunt-thats-good-for-rhinos.html?_r=0

 

But, I freely admit that I don't know enough about this issue.

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Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp

Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp | African News | Scoop.it
Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp hosting more than 11,000 refugees from #CARcrisis in #DRC @Refugees pic.twitter.com/JUELKokvlk
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Africans negative about Chinese business impact - Ethics News - Globethics.net

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
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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.

 

I'm all for individual enterprise, but ... what?

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Six Signs That The White House's Susan Rice Is Clueless About Africa

Six Signs That The White House's Susan Rice Is Clueless About Africa | African News | Scoop.it

Susan Rice said this Sunday she had “no regrets” about trotting out her flawed Benghazi talking points last year, touching off a predictable storm of controversy. 

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10 Positive Developments in Africa in 2013 | Freedom House

10 Positive Developments in Africa in 2013 | Freedom House | African News | Scoop.it

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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U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch

U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch | African News | Scoop.it
From the largest technology companies to early stage investors, American high tech companies and venture capitalists are increasingly supporting startups..

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