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Safari Industry Suffers From Ebola Outbreak

Wouter Vergeer | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

Mozambique's Coconut Graveyards

Crystal Wells | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Mozambique was once one of the largest coconut producers in the world. Today, reports estimate that as much as half of the country's coconut trees have been destroyed, making it impossible to sustain the same level of production.

Now Small Farmers In East Africa Can Sell On The World Market

BiztechAfrica | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

Africa Exchange Holdings has introduced the East Africa Exchange (EAX) at the 6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. His...

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

Life Is So Short: If Not of Purpose, Then of What?

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Everywhere I sense a shift in the seasons, a yearning for greater purpose, for moving with empathy as well as pragmatism -- a growing understanding that we are all in this together.

Polygamy Is Now Legal In Kenya

AP | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a bill that legalizes polygamous unions and opens the door for men to marr...

The Affirmation of the Serengeti

Steve Zack | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

The culture of the Maasai is also fundamental to the Serengeti. They tend livestock for sustenance and so for centuries have coexisted with the big mammals of East Africa without greatly exploiting them.

The Geopolitics of Gay Rights in Uganda

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Last week's passage into law of the controversial anti-gay bill in Uganda puts the country among an elite club of nations noteworthy for their backpedaling on human and civil rights. As a host of a U.S. military presence, Washington has long viewed Kampala as a strategic ally in Central and East Africa.

Not Just Another War in Africa: Explaining the Crisis in South Sudan, the Devil is in the detail and so are real solutions.

Matthew Leriche | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Matthew Leriche

Early in December preparations began to celebrate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on January 9th 2005, which eventually led to the creation of South Sudan, the world's youngest nation. On or about December 15th, only two years a sovereign state, major violence escalated throughout South Sudan.

A Smart Product of Social Innovation: SmartLife

Ayna Agarwal | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ayna Agarwal

For nascent innovators who aspire to creatively impress upon and uplift the lives of those less privileged, 'social innovation' can seem like an under...

Climate Change This Week: Congressional Climateers, Weather on the Mind, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today the Earth got a little hotter. Via The Climate Reanalyzer here How unusual has the weather been? Looking above at recent temperature anoma...

South Sudan Peace Talks To Begin Monday

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

Formal peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebels are set to open Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, delegates and diplomats sa...

Climate Change This Week: The Good, The Bad, The Old, The New in 2013, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Jingle right along with us this week, folks, for the usual up and down sleigh ride! Most Important Climate Message: "You CAN Do Something About It" i...

The Big Winners in Kenya's Oil Debut

James Stafford | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
James Stafford

These wells -- targeting 700 million barrels between just the two of them -- are in eastern Kenya, and this is where Taipan is. The catalysts here for Taipan are increasing by the day.

Journey of a Lifetime: The Last Safari at Hamptons Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

For many on the vast territories of the Rift Valley from Nairobi to Lake Turkana, this was the very first time they had ever seen a photo of themselves, let alone a giant one on a big screen broadcast for their entire village to the sound of music. And so the premise for a wonderful documentary, The Last Safari, was born.

Doing Good With Book Bags and Saplings in Malawi

Ethan Gelber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ethan Gelber

Like all illustrations of generosity at the interface between social enterprise and social good, it involves people who opened their hearts, minds and wallets to the unlikely, who rallied around common causes and who improved everyone's lives.

Natural Beauty in East Africa

Michael Hodson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Michael Hodson

East Africa is a land of amazement, and the combination of stunning scenery and several of the most majestic and fascinating animals on earth makes this area a mecca for nature lovers.

USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

USAID just announced its investment in mWater, a non-profit tech startup, whose phone app can instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.

Hope from a Tanzanian Secondary School

Sam Reiss | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Sam Reiss

A great teacher can be transcendent. But if forced to transcend a shattered and wholly dysfunctional system, a catastrophic dearth of funds and resources, and a culture that often fails to see the value of education, connecting with students can be, well, a little difficult.

Implications of Iran and Sudan's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Recent geopolitical developments across the Middle East and Africa have added momentum to Iran and Sudan's strategic partnership, an alliance driven primarily by an interest in weakening the power of Israel, and by extension the U.S., throughout East Africa.