Development

In Search of Food – The Bucket Boys

One familiar sight in Senegal was that of young boys, in tattered rags, walking the streets clutching large, empty metal tins (think Heinz baked beans tins, super-sized) looking for handouts from tourists, leftovers from locals. The boys rarely begged though. They just seemed to wander, hopeful that their tins and therefore their stomachs would be […]

Maneno – A blogging system for Africans

Maneno – Swahili meaning ‘words’. Maneno is a new multi-lingual, lightweight blogging platform for sub-Saharan African bloggers. The platform is based on a lightweight framework which allows those with limited or narrow-bandwidth internet to access and contribute to the site easily and quickly. Maneno is committed to all African bloggers and therefore is available in English, Spanish, French, […]

Reconciliation in Rwanda: Fifteen years on from the genocide

Reconciliation in Rwanda: Fifteen years on from the genocide

Rwandan Genocide on Film Today I watched ‘Shooting Dogs‘, a film depicting the tragic story of the Rwandan genocide from the L’Ecole Technique Officielle. There are similarities between this and another film, ‘Hotel Rwanda‘, which also depicts the same tragic story of the Rwandan genocide only set in a hotel compound rather than a school.  […]

Collier's Take on War, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

Collier’s Take on War, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

Browsing Times Online today, one article caught my eye, for two reasons: Firstly, it was about Africa – and anything involving Africa interests me these days, as the date for my departure from the UK and entry to this fascinating continent looms ever nearer. Secondly, it mentioned Paul Collier – the author of The Bottom […]