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Archive May 2012

Fate unites, Israel separates

TEL AVIV, May 30  – Hundreds of thousands of families – from Palestinians to Southeast Asian migrant workers to African refugees – struggle under Israeli policies that seek to limit the number of non-Jews within Israel and in the areas it occupies.

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Kenya: China’s media footprint

Will China’s quickly expanding media presence in Africa result in a fresh, alternative, and balanced perspective on the continent—much as Al-Jazeera altered the broadcast landscape with the launch of its English service in 2006—or will it be essentially an exercise in propaganda?

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Esoko: mobile e-marketing for Africa

Some weeks ago, I outlined several ways mobile technology could be used to promote upward mobility in agriculture and close some of the information gaps that currently exist. As these opportunities are being explored, it is necessary to highlight current mobile platforms from which farmers can benefit.

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Profiting at the expense of the poor?

BRUSSELS, 29 May 2012: A new Eurodad report reveals how donor governments and international institutions are increasingly seeing investing public money in private companies as a panacea for combatting global poverty, despite weak evidence of effectiveness.

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Why are there no African inventions?

ACTUALLY, there are a lot of African inventors. A quick scan at sites such www.kumatoo.com will give you surprising and interesting results. So why is it that we don’t know them?

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South Africa’s ‘Traditional Courts Bill’ impairs rights of 12 million rural women

BRUSSELS  – The Traditional Courts Bill currently under discussion in South Africa’s parliament and due to be enacted by the end of 2012 could undermine the basic rights of some of the country’s most vulnerable inhabitants: the 12 million women living in remote rural communities across the country.

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