19923
7 mins read

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

Anyone working in international development for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over the past few years has likely had one of the following experiences: 1) Witnessing an external consultant or boss being…..

2462
15 mins read

Africa for Norway: The Interview

A little over a week ago we covered the release of Radi-Aid: Africa for Norway, the online faux development campaign calling on Africans to donate radiators to Norway. Since Radi-Aid’s…..

2910
2 mins read

It’s Africans’ turn to help Norwegians

Who ever said Norwegians don’t have a sense of humor? Just in time for the holidays, a Norwegian group calling itself Radi-Aid has launched an appeal to ship radiators from…..

1571
3 mins read

Bono’s Big Ideas (for Africa of course)

A new post on one of The Atlantic’s blogs breathily covers Bono appearing at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to talk about Africa and foreign aid. It’s not clear why a publication like…..

2 mins read

Documenting Tuberculosis

Last week, the Lens Blog of the New York Times featured a post about Misha Friedman, a photojournalist documenting the epidemic of tuberculosis in Eastern Europe & Central Asia. In…..

1 min read

Trouble at the Global Fund

What’s going on at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria (GFATM)? It recently canceled a new round of grants because funding has severely declined, and commitments made by donor countries have yet to materialize. As a result of the lack of funding, progress in many countries against the three diseases will be crippled until GFATM has the resources it needs. Last week Executive Director of the Global Fund, Michel Kazatchkine also resigned.

4 mins read

Typecasting Binyavanga Wainaina

By Caitlin Chandler How do you write about a place that occupies a mythic place in the imagination of outsiders? And how do you write about national and personal identity…..

2160
2 mins read

Fact Checking Mandela

It’s unfortunate the New York Times Book Review handed the appraisal of three recent books about Nelson Mandela–including Mandela’s own new book–to J.M. Ledgard, identified as “the Africa correspondent for…..