For a while now, we’ve been talking about raising support for the local organizations that have been at the forefront of the ebola response in the 4 most affect countries in West Africa. In previous tweet chats, we discussion the missing narratives in the coverage of the ebola crisis, donations to local organizations, and the […]

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On October 18th, Western Union’s foundation arm announced a plan to mobilize support for the ebola response in West Africa: The Western Union Foundation is making a grant of US$25,000 to the International Medical Corps to support the organization’s response actions, which includes teams of trainers traveling in affected areas of Sierra Leone and Liberia to increase the […]

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For almost 3 weeks now, Africa Responds – an initiative we started to promote and support Africa’s efforts in the ebola crisis – has been holding a weekly Twitter discussion on wide-ranging topics around the ebola outbreak. This week we tackle how the crisis has been covered in traditional Western media and the conversations happening […]

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About a month ago, my colleague Solome Lemma and I started looking at the international response campaigns to ebola in West Africa and got to wondering why all the attention was on international governments and NGOs. Very little of Africa’s front line efforts to stop the spread of ebola is visible in Western Media and […]

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Congrats to Solome Lemma and Africans in the Diaspora: “AiD was formed with the belief Africans abroad and on the continent have an important role to play in development in Africa” said Solome Lemma, AiD’s founder and executive director. “The African Diaspora send $60 billion to their families every year. If we can unleash even […]

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There is, of course, an uncomfortable neo-colonialism to this mission, one reinforced by countless pictures of the white pastor greeting a room full of black Africans. Yet according to some observers, the obvious racial overtones may not matter. “Black Africans follow people like Rick Warren because of a culture of dependence created by generations of […]

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Scott Gilmore’s piece on the ebola crisis: But, as grim as the death count sounds, it fades when compared to the 564,000 Africans who died from malaria last year. And this carnage is mostly confined to only five countries of West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. It remains relatively difficult to transmit, […]

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Moving sunsets

September 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Over the last few months I’ve noticed the sunset moving across Toronto’s skyline. I know that the Northern hemisphere tilts away from the sun while heading into the winter months, but it is another thing watching this little ball of water we call a planet we live on wobble on it’s axis in real time. […]

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I had the pleasure of chairing the 2013 Echenberg Fellows program. If you are reading this and you would like a chance to engage with a group of your peers doing amazing things around the world, make sure to apply for this. The next generation of human rights professionals will be required to respond to […]

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Guy Samuel interviewed yours truly about our little remittances startup a few months back for his Masters thesis in International Relations at Institut Barcelona. Remit.ug is exemplary of the benefit that can be created when mobile telephony meets entrepreneurial spirit. Although the service is young, it shows high potential. Ruge and his associates have leveraged […]

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