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How NGOs in Rich Countries Control their Counterparts in Poor Countries..and Why they Refuse to Resolve it

By Paul Okumu, head of secretariat for the Africa Platform on Governance, Responsible Business and the Social Contract. He is also head of strategy at the Internet of Things Solutions Africa.. Originally published at Inter Press Service Many NGOs around the world are fighting inequality between the rich and the poor, between the policies that make rich […]

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Interpol Operation Seizes More Than 10,000 Animals in Anti-Trafficking Campaign

Over 26 days in June, world law enforcement officers recovered dolphins and sharks, lion and tiger cubs, nearly two dozen primates and more than 10,000 reptiles, birds and marine animals, Interpol said on Wednesday, announcing the results of a major operation against wildlife traffickers. The campaign, called Operation Thunderball, was coordinated by Interpol and the […]

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‘This is Sonic Cinema’: Beyoncé Releases New Single ‘Spirit’ From Upcoming Self-Curated Album, The Lion King: The Gift

“Spirit” by Beyoncé Knowles Carter Photo: Kwaku Alston for Disney Studios Like her lioness character, Nala, Beyoncé has “pinned you again”—with a new album! The Lion King: The Gift comes from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records and is curated by Bey herself. The album will feature some of the most important current African artists in what is […]

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‘This Is Quite Gay!’

On the quiet, promising first morning of June, I received a text message from my brother in Abuja, Nigeria. “Please, refrain from all these shameful acts,” he wrote. “Everyone is tired of you. Mummy is crying, Daddy is crying. If you don’t value relationships, we do!” My brother had written after I had posted a […]

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Poachers Are Invading Botswana, Last Refuge of African Elephants

In September, conservationists in Botswana discovered 87 dead elephants, their faces hacked off and tusks missing. Poaching, the researchers warned, was on the rise. The news had international repercussions. Botswana had been one of the last great elephant refuges, largely spared the poaching crisis that has swept through much of Africa over the past decade. […]

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No White Saviors: Woman Accused of Letting African Babies Die at Fake Medical Facility in Uganda

Screenshot: WSLS A white American missionary has been accused of posing as a doctor and running a fake medical facility in Africa where she cared for hundreds of children, many of whom did not survive her treatment. Renee Bach, a native of Bedford, Va., has been back and forth between the U.S. and Uganda for […]

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A Beauty Queen Accuses Former Gambian President of Rape: ‘I Literally Stumbled Out of There’

DAKAR, Senegal — Five years ago, the president of Gambia crowned 18-year-old Fatou Jallow the winner of the nation’s top beauty pageant with a lecture to her and other contestants: Do not rush to marry, he said, but use the pageant’s scholarship prize to fulfill your dreams. But the president, Yahya Jammeh, soon began summoning […]

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For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk […]

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Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, Does Not Raise H.I.V. Risk

For decades, many African women in need of birth control they could use in secret have relied on intramuscular hormone injections that prevent pregnancy for three months. But in recent years, women have been terrified — and family planning officials frustrated — as studies suggested that women using injectables were far more likely to get […]

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Facebook, Twitter and major social media sites blocked amid Liberian anti-corruption protest

Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Liberia have restricted Internet access in the country by blocking Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat amid anti-corruption protests by citizens. The move seems to be an instruction from Liberian authorities in a bid to try and suppress the “Save The State” protests mainly taking place in […]

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A Win for Gay Rights in Botswana Is a ‘Step Against the Current’ in Africa

In a momentous case that prompted celebration among gay people and civil rights activists around the continent of Africa, Botswana’s High Court overturned laws on Tuesday that criminalized homosexuality. Yet the ruling was delivered only weeks after the High Court of Kenya upheld laws that criminalize gay sex, underscoring the wide differences in how L.B.G.T. […]

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Botswana’s High Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

CAPE TOWN — Botswana’s High Court ruled on Tuesday to overturn colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality, a decision hailed by activists as a significant step for gay rights on the African continent. “Human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized,” Judge Michael Leburu said as he delivered the judgment, adding that laws that banned […]

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The Case for Immigration as Reparations

There is a lot of debate these days about whether the United States owes its African-American citizens reparations for slavery. It does. But there is a far bigger bill that the United States and Europe have run up: what they owe to other countries for their colonial adventures, for the wars they imposed on them, […]

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Online Classrooms Look to Improve Higher Education Across Africa, but Face Skepticism

Everywhere is a classroom for Emily Kamizi, even the buses in Lusaka, Zambia’s congested capital. It can take an hour or more to cross the city, so Ms. Kamizi puts on her headphones, turns up Taylor Swift and concentrates on her M.B.A. studies. Ms. Kamizi, 25, is a student at Unicaf University, an African institution […]

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This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies

A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched. According to its creator, 63 per cent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to global markets because of language barriers. “Over 52 native […]

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Millennials ‘Make Farming Sexy’ in Africa, Where Tilling the Soil Once Meant Shame

AGOTIME BEH, Ghana — After he graduated from university, Vozbeth Kofi Azumah was reluctant to tell anyone — even his mother — what he planned to do for a living. “I’m a farmer,” he said, buzzing his motorcycle between freshly plowed fields on a recent afternoon. “Here, that’s an embarrassment.” In some parts of the […]

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