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Don’t give a man a fish, hand out a mosquito net and watch him buzz

For several decades now, Ugandan intellectuals have been critical of foreign aid, arguing that it has a negative effect on the development of the country. This of course is not unique to Uganda and every African country has theorists who are bitterly opposed to foreign aid, which they blame for stunting economies and postponing their takeoff.

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The East African Community Passport for Release Next Year

Arusha (Tanzania) – Issuance of international passports for East African Community (EAC) has been re-scheduled to early next year, the same time the African Union also intends to release its travel document. The EAC six partner states, it was revealed at the just ended 35th EAC Council of Ministers’ meeting here, have been directed to start issuing the new East African machine readable Electronic- Passports by January 31, 2018 after preparedness of each partner state was considered.

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Feast and Famine in Africa’s Dubai

Djibouti City – As balmy night settles over Djibouti City, the arc lights come on at its growing network of ports as ships are offloaded 24 hours a day and trucks laden with cargo depart westwards into the Horn of Africa interior. Not that long ago Djibouti was known for little more than French legionnaires, atrocious heat and its old railway line to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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Tanzania: Is our media legislation from Uzbekistan?

The Tanzania government has over the past couple of years been outdoing itself in trying to make sure that the little media space that exists in the country is dead and buried. Alas, it may succeed.

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Online project stirring students’ interest in science

Nairobi – An online initiative that connects secondary school students and scientists in Kenya is helping improve the standards of science education. The initiative known as “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here” is part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s community engagement work.

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Kagame’s critique of his govt shows media, civil society missing in action

If I were asked to name the best critical voice against President Paul Kagame’s government within the country whether individual or institutional, I would say: President Kagame himself. For it’s when he speaks, often at the annual government retreat or at the national dialogue that we get a glimpse of what the government isn’t doing right while everyone else tells us it is performing well.

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