1 Documentary questions motives for Westerners ‘helping’ Africa

Nearly a decade has passed since Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina penned the satirical essay “How to Write About Africa” for Granta. The biting piece called out the way that people talk about, write about and depict the continent of Africa. Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a…

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0 New Rights Abuses in Kenyan Fight Against al Shabaab

By David Francis, a freelance journalist who has been interviewing militant extremists across sub-Saharan Africa. This is the final article in a three-part series examining the rise of extremism in Africa – Al Qaeda 2.0 and Visiting with al Shabaab. A young girl eats her food next to an open…

1 Will the US foreign aid budget continue its decline?

An increase in the foreign affairs budget for 2014 saw an end to a four year decline in the US. Discussions are now taking place over the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the downward trend may resume. That is what will happen if Rep Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal wins…

0 Infographic: How mobile money is faring in Africa

The story of mobile money in Africa is as much a one of success as it is one of failure. The rapid rise of M-PESA in Kenya and other competing ways to send money from cell phone to cell phone has been heralded for years. Today, nearly 70% of Kenyans…

0 Kenyan mockumentary skewers foreign aid

Everyone loves the TV show The Office (Editor’s note: The British version was better). The mockumentary genre has taken on this fictional Pennsylvania paper supply company, rock music in Spinal Tap, an Indiana town’s parks and recreation department and a dog show. Now the aid sector gets the comedic treatment in The…

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