Over the next few months, I am switching focus to my fledgling agricultural startup, Raintree Farms. For the last six years I’ve been nipping at the heels of an idea I wanted to explore: how much of an impact can members of the diaspora make in their communities if they switched focus from simple remittances […]

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High-level policies aren’t his only frustration. Ruge has also called out celebrity-led charities, like actor Ashton Kutcher’s 2009 campaign against malaria, which had him racing CNN for a million Twitter followers. The Hollywood star promised to buy 10,000 bed nets if he won. In response, Ruge wrote on his blog, “Celebrity stunts of altruism are […]

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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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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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James Kassaga Arinaitwe is a rising Ugandan voice to watch. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a conversational meal with him in New York and in Kampala. I find him to be a kindred spirit, both as a countryman and fellow development critic. If you haven’t come across him, make sure to follow him on Twitter. His […]

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Duncan Green writing for Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog: ‘Remittances to Africa are rising. In 2013, transfers to the region were valued at $32 billion, or around 2% of GDP. Charges on remittances to Africa are well above global average levels. Migrants sending $200 home can expect to pay 12% in charges, which is […]

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Post by remit.ug. Building something to solve a long-faced problem is one of the hardest and most satisfying things to undertake. Steve Jobs is famous for saying “we build things we want to use.” Remit.ug has been a labor of love. As a Ugandan Diaspora, I know the pain and wince-inducing cost of sending money […]

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