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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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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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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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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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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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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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