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East Africa

The Affirmation of the Serengeti

Steve Zack | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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.

Nairobi Airport Reopens For Domestic And Cargo Flights

AP | TOM ODULA and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.07.2013 | Travel

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A small fire that an under-resourced fire brigade reacted slowly to swelled into a raging inferno that engulfed the arrival hall at ...

Women's Healthcare in Africa - An Urgent Monthly Need

Barry Segal | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ashley Rogers [Kampala, Uganda] A few months ago, a certain girl in Lugazi, Uganda (let's call her Sara) told me, "I curse the da...

Israel Sending Thousands Of Migrants To Unknown African State

AP | MAX J. ROSENTHAL | Posted 08.03.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel has reached an agreement to send thousands of African migrants to an unidentified country, according to a court document obta...

Mozambique Will Be Rich! Or Will It?

Bettina Strickler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Bettina Strickler

Once natural resources are found, the road to prosperity is technically a straight on, if it wasn't for the large potholes on the way that have the power to capsize the whole nation.

Kenya's Message to the West

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.

In East Africa: Empty Skies

Steve Zack | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

Tropical America may have the most species of birds, but savannah East Africa has the most conspicuous diversity of birds in the world. The skies held part of that diversity, yet it is there that I observe the greatest change in the decades since I was last here.

If You Can Imagine It, Why Not Built It?

Mads Kjaer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Mads Kjaer

MYC4 believes; 'Business must be for profit, yet profit must be for purpose,' applying this mind set to help improve access to capital for African entrepreneurs.

LNG: Mozambique's Magic Potion?

Bettina Strickler | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Bettina Strickler

Due to its geographic proximity, Mozambique has a competitive advantage in supplying LNG to Asian countries vis-à-vis America and European countries. It comes as no surprise therefore that the U.S. government has started to monitor Mozambique more actively.

Kenyan Oil -- Hot and Getting Hotter: Interview With Taipan's Maxwell Birley

James Burgess | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
James Burgess

Kenya has become the hottest oil and gas venue in East Africa since big discoveries were made in the country's virgin oilfields last April. All eyes are on Kenya in 2013 to see how quickly -- and economically they can develop those discoveries into production.

2012's Top 5 Oil & Gas Plays

Jen Alic | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Jen Alic

2012 has been a stellar year for oil and gas. From East Africa to North America, new technology, major new discoveries, an unparalleled appetite for exploration and a metamorphosing perception of risk have changed the playing field.

Microwork: The Next Microfinance

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 12.06.2012 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Microwork and impact sourcing could be the next big thing in the development world.