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Archive March 2012

Water monitoring ‘easier’ with free mobile phone app

Mar31

CAPE TOWN – A mobile phone application that enables users of low-cost phones to submit water quality results quickly and easily is having a positive impact among users.

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Chad Famine – Mothers breaking apart anthills in search of food

N’DJAMENA – “Only God knows what will happen to me and my children – for two months there’s been nothing to eat. We’re living like beggars,” Henriette Sanglar, a mother of four in the Moursal quarter of the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, told IPS.

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Mali’s Democracy–Down but not out

It’s windy in Bamako, says Martin Vogl, a journalist who’s been there for about three years now. Vogl and some of his peers are doing a great job in reporting what’s going on. But with all that wind blowing, and with things happening so fast, it’s helpful too to have shelter from the storm. A little analysis from one step’s remove might be useful.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram’s School Burning Campaign

Since the rebel sect Boko Haram burst into the international media with an uprising against police in Northeastern Nigeria in 2009, journalists and analysts have frequently translated its name as “Western education is sinful/forbidden.”

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Could abolishing tax havens solve Africa’s financing needs?

The past month, the spotlight has been on James Ibori, the governor of Nigeria’s Delta state from 1999 to 2007, who pleaded guilty in a London court to 10 counts relating to conspiracy to launder funds from the state he governed.

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Crisis Mapping Climate Change, Conflict and Aid in Africa

I recently gave a guest lecture at the University of Texas, Austin, and finally had the opportunity to catch up with my colleague Josh Busby who has been working on a promising crisis mapping project as part of the university’s Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS).

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