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Archive May 2013

Rapping Mozambique’s Praises and Faults

Maputo – Mozambique is proud home to not one, but two female rappers who are both qualified lawyers. Yveth “Vauvita” Matunza is striking. She is tall, wearing shoes with enormous stilettos. She has on full make up and a smart, tailored dress suit. She is doing her masters part time while working full time at the Mozambican Human Rights League offices – and rapping on her off time.

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Our future grown in Africa

‘Our future made in Africa’, the theme of the May 2013 issue of New African magazine, was a striking declaration resounding with the current optimism surrounding Africa’s future development. This in the background of a receding Western economy, as was the case during South America’s industrialisation, seems to have given Africa a new lease on life.

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Rwanda: Financial innovation for growth

With agriculture as the backbone of its economy, Rwanda is focusing on various innovative financing mechanisms to further boost its agricultural development. Interview with the Rwandan minister of Financing and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete.

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Africa: A Land of Modern Authoritarianism

Ever since I first started to analyse my environment consciously, talk of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – later called the African Union (AU) – has been present in the major corridors of our fair city. Heads of states and government officials coming to take part in the union have been the ornaments of our national news services for decades.

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Senegalese collective reinvents media activism

May25

There are no foreclosed destinies, only deserted responsabilities” has become one of the mottos of the collective of Senegalese singers and journalists known as Y’En A Marre(“Enough is enough” in French).

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Fun and games help communicate disaster science

May24

Geneva – Playing games is helping to engage communities with the complex scientific information used to forecast natural disasters, as well as encouraging people to take steps to mitigate future risks, experts say. Tools ranging from simple probability-based role play scenarios to state-of-the-art digital apps that model the Earth’s changing environment were presented to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this week (19–23 May).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdbdT_azTDc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

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