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It's Time We Starting Listening to Adolescent Girls

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

In Kenya, as in many places around the world, a girls' journey into adolescence is a challenging time. She faces significant pressures and expectations.

A Dangerous Shift Against Democracy in Tanzania

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

For our entire history as a sovereign nation, Tanzania has been ruled by only one party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the Party of the Revolution. In 1992, for the first time, a multi-party political system was instituted. Since then, the opposition parties have grown gradually stronger.

For Kenyan Girls, It's More Than Pens, Pencils & Backpacks

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...

Rwanda's Newest Graduates

Karen Sherman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Karen Sherman

Today is graduation day, a day of fanfare, unfettered dreams and promise. But this is no ordinary graduation. It is The Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali, Rwanda, the only college for women in East Africa.

Action -- Not Lofty Rhetoric -- Needed Out of Obama's Nairobi Summit

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Charlotte Florance

President Obama is in Kenya for the 5th annual U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. While the African continent is not a surprising choice for the Summit, given it is home to some of the most promising economies in the world.

A President Limits Ugandan Democracy

Patrick Basham | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Patrick Basham

On Thursday morning, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was arrested outside Kampala while travelling to meet with supporters of his nascent presidential campaign. These grassroots gatherings are an important first step in Mbabazi's struggle to revive Ugandan democracy.

Findex: Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Be the Leading Frontier of Financial Inclusion

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Half of the world's population lives and works in the informal economy - not by choice, but by necessity. In the language of economists, poor families in developing countries are consumption-smoothing households and capital-consuming, self-employed entrepreneurs at the same time.

This Organization Helps Kenyans Accelerate their Careers

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Jonha Revesencio

This is part of the #CareerAdvice series - featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to...

Hopeful Horizons: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, over 50 individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees.

Implications of Boko Haram's Allegiance to the Islamic State

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

By pledging allegiance to Daoesh, Boko Haram will surely gain more credibility and attract more recruits, making it even more difficult for the region's governments to successfully combat it.

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

Ayla Schlosser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Ayla Schlosser

Brandon Stanton, a photographer and creator of Humans of New York, set out in 2010 to document the lives of New Yorkers -- but his interactions with the strangers he photographs doesn't always end with a click of the camera.

Witch Hunts In Tanzania On The Rise As Vigilantes Seek Justice For Murders Of Albinos

Religion News Service / USA Today | Tonny Onyulo | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Many women are living in fear in this rural part of northwestern Tanzania because they are increasingly being targeted by witch...

Climate Change This Week: US Kabooming, Solar Winning, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a litte more crowded. @@ Climate Change, The Elevator Pitch: Climatologist Simon Donner @@ How To Com...

Gay and Living on Africa's East Coast

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 04.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Steven Wozencraft

LGBT Tanzanians are not alone in being violently persecuted for their sexuality. As the profile of gay rights grows globally, so too has the backlash from anti-LGBT campaigners.

Weaving Hope in East Africa

To The Market | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
To The Market

All Across Africa is founded on the principle of fighting global poverty through providing economic independence. "Our first and primary focus is to create jobs that change lives."

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

Co-Education: A Holistic Approach to Human Rights

Barry Segal | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Nichols and Peter Luis. Peter Luis is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Foundation of ...

Helping Children Survive and Thrive on #GivingTuesday

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Worldwide 748 million people live without safe water and 2.5 billion live without sanitation. Water-related diseases are among the leading causes of preventable child deaths in the world and approximately 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.

Losing Our Fears So We Don't Lose Ourselves

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

America is so much better than we sometimes think we are. Fear makes us forget this. It makes us smaller when we have the chance to be expansive. We have the chance to rally around exporting the best of who we are.

Safari Industry Suffers From Ebola Outbreak

Wouter Vergeer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Wouter Vergeer

Most operators have to deal with a constant stream of questions from clients regarding Ebola risks. They report clients often view Africa as a single country when it comes to risk assessment.

One Year After Al-Shabaab's Westgate Attack in Kenya

Charlotte Florance | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Charlotte Florance

Al-Shabaab remains a real and credible threat and should be addressed as one. The likelihood of another spectacular commercial shopping center attack in the region remains as real today as it did a year ago.

Westgate One Year Later: A Perspective on Courage

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

A year after Westgate: the world feels less safe, more fragile. Everywhere, we see inequality, the potential for unrest. The one thing in short supply is the thing we need most: courage.

African Women Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Fueling Africa's Economic Growth

Barry Segal | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Dianne Calvi, CEO of Village Enterprise, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. African women entrepreneurs are a dynamic for...

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.