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The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn: New Data Base for Measuring China's Aid to Africa

The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn: New Data Base for Measuring China's Aid to Africa | African News | Scoop.it

AidData introduced on 29 April 2013 at the Center for Global Development in Washington its dataset on Chinese aid to Africa based on an innovative media-based data collection program.

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Kenya: Supreme Court's Disappointing Judgment - allAfrica.com

Kenya: Supreme Court's Disappointing Judgment - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court's judgment regarding Kenya's 2013 election leaves many questions unanswered and provides little motivation for electoral improvements in the future.

 

allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience

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Community maps reveal rich resources on “empty” land

Community maps reveal rich resources on “empty” land | African News | Scoop.it
Policymakers may see Kenya’s Isiolo area as barren and dusty, but a community-drawn map is changing perceptions
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earthdog58's curator insight, April 29, 2013 7:23 AM

Wow! People who live there know more about the place than the PhDs in nice comfortable offices miles away? Gosh! Whatever next?

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East African Communities Rising Against Land Acquisition – By Peter Kahare | African Arguments

East African Communities Rising Against Land Acquisition – By Peter Kahare | African Arguments | African News | Scoop.it

The Endoris, a minority community of about 60, 000 people lives a precarious life in the North Rift Valley Kenya. In 1974 the government forcefully evicted the community from its ancestral land to pave way for a game reserve. The community lost its lifestyle and livelihoods forcing them to become squatters who now sit on a semi-arid land kilometres away from their original home.

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African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award - Reuters

African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award - Reuters | African News | Scoop.it
African diva Angelique Kidjo wins Songlines Best Artist award Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - African diva Angelique Kidjo was named Best Artist in Songlines magazine's annual world music awards on Friday, lauded for her high-energy shows and her...
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An awesome voice!

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Angel Santiesteban: Open Letter to the UN Commission on Human Rights*

Angel Santiesteban: Open Letter to the UN Commission on Human Rights* | African News | Scoop.it
I write to you from the depths of despair produced by being a prisoner of conscience in one of the horrendous prisons of the Castro brothers.
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Binyavanga Wainaina: Rewriting Africa

Binyavanga Wainaina: Rewriting Africa | African News | Scoop.it
One of Africa's most renowned young authors discusses the need to challenge the dominant narrative about the continent.
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DO read the essay linked in the article - brilliant

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President Barack Obama and Africa's Uncompleted Journey, Part II

With a second term secured, and decades of authority and influence ahead in his post-presidency, President Obama can become a transformative leader in Africa.[i] On March 7, 2013, Senator Chris Coo...
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Kenya: Nokia Starts Mobile Life Improvement Service - from allAfrica.com

Kenya: Nokia Starts Mobile Life Improvement Service - from allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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The impact mobile phones have had on daily life in Africa is enormous

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Africa: Mhealth 'Could Save a Million African Lives By 2017' - allAfrica.com

Africa: Mhealth 'Could Save a Million African Lives By 2017' - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it
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One of those stories about great innovations in Africa that don't get reported often enough by the BBC, CNN et al

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allAfrica.com: Africa: Low-Cost Wireless Tech Can Help African Development

allAfrica.com: Africa: Low-Cost Wireless Tech Can Help African Development | African News | Scoop.it
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Tanzania's Maasai battle game hunters for grazing land

Tanzania's Maasai battle game hunters for grazing land | African News | Scoop.it
Tanzania's Maasai community are protesting against a government move to lease a large chunk of their traditional grazing land to a hunting company from the United Arab Emirates, writes journalist Jason Patinkin.
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Africans remittances outweigh Western aid

Africans remittances outweigh Western aid | African News | Scoop.it
New research shows that Africans living outside the continent send more money home than is provided by Western aid donors, writes the BBC's Mark Doyle.
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So this is what my wife does with my salary every month.

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Hague Judge Withdraws From Kenyan Cases - allAfrica.com

Hague Judge Withdraws From Kenyan Cases - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it

International Criminal Court Judge Christine van den Wyngaert, has resigned from hearing the Kenyan cases after questioning the conduct of the prosecution in President Uhuru Kenyatta's case.

 

 

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Tanzania: Using Rice to Rise Above Poverty Line in Kilimanjaro - allAfrica.com:

Tanzania: Using Rice to Rise Above Poverty Line in Kilimanjaro - allAfrica.com: | African News | Scoop.it
RICE is a farm produce which seems to slowly, but surely replacing Maize as common household staple in Tanzania and other East African countries and in the process, it also transform lives in Same District of Kilimanjaro.

 

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Kenya: New Kenyan Cabinet Line-Up Nears Completion - allAfrica.com

Kenya: New Kenyan Cabinet Line-Up Nears Completion  - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it
Kenyans eagerly awaiting the announcement of the remaining cabinet minister nominees were surprised by some of the names made public on Thursday by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Hunter Allowed to Import Rhino Trophy into U.S. for First Time in 33 Years | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Hunter Allowed to Import Rhino Trophy into U.S. for First Time in 33 Years | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | African News | Scoop.it
For the first time in more than 30 years an American hunter has been allowed to import a trophy from a black rhino he shot in ...
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This is marvelous news! Well, not for any endangered species, obviously ... but at least a rich man can feel better about having a small penis.

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The Hunger Games | World Development Movement

The Hunger Games | World Development Movement | African News | Scoop.it

How UK (and USA) Government Support For Big Agribusiness Is Fueling Poverty In Africa

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Kenyan Entrepreneur Stands To Make Millions After Sale To L'Oreal - Forbes

Kenyan Entrepreneur Stands To Make Millions After Sale To L'Oreal - Forbes | African News | Scoop.it

Kenyan businessman Paul Kinuthia recently sold the health and beauty divisions of his Interconsumer Products to L'Oreal for an undisclosed amount speculated to be in the millions. He still owns and runs the remaining businesses such as diapers.


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A nice positive story. 

 

One way to know you are married to an African woman: 365 different types of hair product in the bathroom.

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President Barack Obama and Africa’s Uncompleted Journey, Part I

A public meeting of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on February 28 will consider the question, “President Obama and Sub-Saharan Africa: Just Right or Not Enough?”  Several commentaries which ...
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“The Power is in the Street”: The Context of State Failure in Mali

“The Power is in the Street”: The Context of State Failure in Mali | African News | Scoop.it
By Bruce Whitehouse In his essay on Mali, Bruce Whitehouse of Lehigh University shows how failures of elected leaders, state institutions, and external donors can shift power to the streets and an ...
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Kenya: Coca Cola Launches Solar Initiative for Kiosks - allAfrica.com

Kenya: Coca Cola Launches Solar Initiative for Kiosks - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Small scale changes lead to big improvements - why aren't the 'big' media people telling more of these stories?

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Kenya: Internet Usage Overtakes Voice Services - CCK - allAfrica.com

Kenya: Internet Usage Overtakes Voice Services - CCK - allAfrica.com | African News | Scoop.it

Internet usage in Kenya rose to 16.2 million in the period between October 1 and December 31 last year, representing a growth of 11.6 % which surpassed the use of voice services.

 

 

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This is good news

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Amnesty Int'l: Don't Call Female Genital Mutilation "Barbaric"

Amnesty Int'l: Don't Call Female Genital Mutilation "Barbaric" | African News | Scoop.it
Recently, I penned an article about  an Amnesty International initiative: an art project for which the organization had commissioned artists and designers to address the devastating problem of female genital mutilation, or FGM – using 8,000 paper ...
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Amnesty official: “we try not to use this word.”  In an e-mail, she explained, “The use of the word ‘barbaric’ suggests that the people who do this are less than human, which isn’t so because they are being led by social pressure which is what needs to be fought. So we avoid using this word to not judge the people.”

 

The more I think about this asinine comment from that Amnesty official, the angrier I get - it is an utterly foolish statement, and does much discredit to the organisation. 

 

Maybe she should watch Kakenya Ntaiya's phenomenal talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/kakenya_ntaiya_a_girl_who_demanded_school.html

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Kenya: Nairobi's New Bike Lanes Aim to Cut Congestion and Pollution - allAfrica.com:

Kenya: Nairobi's New Bike Lanes Aim to Cut Congestion and Pollution -  allAfrica.com: | African News | Scoop.it
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The road was built by a Chinese company - bike lanes are standard in Chinese cities - and one way to boost bike sales.

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