Just when I thought TOMS shoes was heading in the right direction, I received Africare’s newsletter this afternoon. Tucked within the messaging was this little blurb defending the reason Africare was partnering with TOMS Shoes, the most criticized aid project this side of #1MillionShirts. In their target regions, Africare/Liberia and Africare/Malawi have noticed the negative […]

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On September 2, 2013 in Stockholm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), (collectively, the “Founding Partners”) launched Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (GCD). This is the third GCD that Sida is supporting in partnership with USAID. It is a demonstration of our continued commitment to stimulate […]

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Ashoka is putting on what looks like a great webinar and Twitter debate on how entrepreneurship can help Africa’s youth create new possibilities for employment. December 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am EST. Use hashtags #SocEntChat and #AfricaYouthFwd. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that between 2000 and 2008 Africa created 73 million jobs, but only 16 […]

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Howard French on the possibilities of a New Congo rising after the defeat of M23. Of course, the ultimate step toward a coherent Congolese state is the provision of services and the collection of taxes. Congo has scant experience with either. Its population subsists in large part on foreign aid and the delivery of services […]

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Untitled from druga stefania on Vimeo. Afrimakers is an initiative that wants to enable African makers to use digital fabrication for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy, information. The idea is to plant the seed of local change through social entrepreneurship, digital fabrication and regional collaboration. We want to kickstart maker workshops […]

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Frank Swain say’s he’s no longer going to speak at TEDx events and I whole-heartedly support him. I’m not averse to speaking for nothing. I’ve done Cafe Scientifique, SciBar, Skeptics In The Pub. I’ve spoken at schools, colleges, universities. None of these were satellite events for a $6,000-a-plate conference. None of them wanted to brand […]

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I first heard about Kourage Athletics a few years back. This is the type of business model that makes sense to me and automatically invokes the – of course that totally makes sense, why hasn’t any body done this already – response. For as long as Kenyans have been dominating global marathon races, you’d think […]

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Amini Kajunju, President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute has an op-ed and interview on CNN about the potential of Africa’s Diaspora. Lastly, diasporans can bring their talent, energy, skills and technological know-how to furthering economic progress in Africa. Many Africans in the diaspora want to eventually go back home after living abroad. However, one […]

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The concept is as simple as ordering take-out: pick your adventure from the convenience of your home by giving money and telling Pelton where to go and what to do, and Pelton and his team will “deliver the product”. He describes it as a “tool for moral people who are done with having their awareness […]

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