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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I attended the reading of ‘Just Me, You, and the Silence‘, by fellow Ugandan JUDY ADONG. During the panel discussion, which included notable, and often “quotable” Binyavanga Wainaina, an audience member asked what they could do to help Uganda and Ugandans, now that the anti-gay bill had already passed. Could they call or email their […]

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Cognitive dissonance explained: So for those of you keeping score at home – locking down an American city: a proper reaction to the threat from one terrorist. A background check to prevent criminals or those with mental illness from purchasing guns: a dastardly attack on civil liberties. All of this would be almost darkly comic […]

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The poor already have a voice. Let’s just get that out of  the way. It baffles me why the development community at large continues to market their initiatives as “giving voice” to this or that community. This includes large development institutions down to do-gooder initiatives. The reason I have a bone to pick with this, […]

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One of the things I’ve noticed while traveling around the world is the attention paid to the details of building a road in various countries. I’ve never had a convenient photo to post a comment about until today. I was crossing the road from the World Bank offices in Washington, D.C. and noticed what seems […]

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I visited an old paper factory in Montreal near the canal. From the minute I entered through the door, I feel in love with the smell of fresh pulp, ink, and generations of tradition. I was picking out hand-made paper for my wedding invitations, and it was all that I could not to ask for […]

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