After discovering 20,000 ghost voters in the 2016 voter registry, we spent yesterday deep-diving into the reported number of registered voters against the number of citizens eligible to register as voters in the country. You can find Evelyn Namara’s analysis here. And Javie Ssozi’s analysis here. Part of the difficulty in ascertaining the accuracy of the […]

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Last week, I finished reading Adichie’s Americannah and promptly threw it across the room. The book infuriated me. It wasn’t because it was yet another book with Adichie’s predictable pace and prose. The book infuriated me because I saw in each character a piece of my journey through the world. I was furious but thrilled at the same time that […]

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Yeah, I said it, Kampala beats any other East African capital for the best place to live and work. The appeal may not be immediately obvious. It is not as clean as Kigali, or by the cerulean Indian Ocean like Dar, or as globalized as Nairobi, but let’s be real: Kigali is way too restrained, […]

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Here’s 1st of many infographics I’ll be creating to break down Uganda’s electoral commission data #UgandaDecides. While the inaccuracy in the data is statistically minor, it’s what it says about @UgandaEc attention to detail. After all, they have 1 job! There’s 8 candidates in Uganda’s 2016 election. The [correct] total number of registered voters = 15,277,197. […]

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US President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. Source: Obama signs Africa power initiative into law; looks to bring electricity to 50 million people | MG Africa Please. Someone. Anyone […]

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JESSE EISINGER writing for NYT on Mark Zuckerberg’s latest announcement: Of course, nobody thinks our government representatives do a good job of allocating resources. Politicians — a bunch of bums! Maybe Mr. Zuckerberg will make wonderful decisions, ones I would personally be happy with. Maybe not. He blew his $100 million donation to the Newark […]

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Over the last month, my colleagues Wayan Vota, Jessica Heinzelman, and myself launched a Kickstarter project to help all those jaded humanitarians out there saving the world unleash their long-held skepticism about their own industry – in essence, a card game to save humanitarians. It’s Cards Against Humanity meets indigenous alcohol and inadequate danger pay (no you […]

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The downside to modernization – in this case the village moving from fossil fuel burning as an energy source to solar-powered everything – is that you lose some long-held traditions. The village used to be a place where, just the mere thought of it, made you calm and at peace. You expected a sea of […]

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Just discovered Mark Manson, blogging on relationships for Business Insider(?). I suppose business people are human and must, at some point in their time off, have relationships with real life people. Either way this is some great advise, not only for romantic relationship, but also for friendships as well. Case in point: Successful couples accept […]

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Secret aid worker blogging for the Guardian: This uncomfortable taboo is rarely discussed among socially progressive NGO workers. As aid workers, we assure ourselves that we are “here to help” the people in our host countries. We call it a “post” or an “assignment”, as if we’re on a special secret mission, and forget that […]

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