Showing posts from March, 2010

Africa’s billionaires: who are they? | Voxafrica, La télévision Pan-Africaine

Aid: how much of it really gets through? | Voxafrica, La télévision Pan-Africaine

Is Africa the new hotspot? | Voxafrica, La télévision Pan-Africaine

Don't you think it's time for a FAUSTIAN BARGAIN?

How can you not love something called "Afrobotics"?

"Afrobotics seeks to use competitive robotics to imbue the next generation of Africans with a cadre of scientists, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs who are not only knowledgeable and skilled but critical thinkers and problem solvers.

"A cadre that is hands-on, technically creative and determined to apply their abilities to problems relevant to Africa. "Our mission is to inspire African students to be science, engineering, and technology leaders, by enabling them in innovative team-based competitions that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire entrepreneurial risk-taking, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."
Afrobotics |

Herman Chinery-Hesse: Turn the brain-drain into the round-trip brain-train

"Herman Chinery-Hesse, or ‘Africa’s Bill Gates’ as he is called by the BBC, is a highly respected Ghanaian technology entrepreneur who co-founded a million-dollar software company, SOFTtribe, and a truly visionary company, BSL. "Chinery-Hesse had a fairly privileged childhood and left Ghana to study industrial technology at the Texas State University in San Marcos."However, he returned to Ghana in 1990 with the intention of staying for good. Unlike many of his peers who felt that all real opportunities were to be found abroad, he set about finding opportunities at home."His first project involved writing a software program for a travel agency in Accra to automate its accounting and customer service functions. The software was so successful that it was adopted by travel agents throughout the country."Full story here.

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Chinery-Hesse – Ghana’s Bill GatesUsing Technology to Boost Trade in Africa

Mo Ibrahim: "The other, brighter Africa"

Mohamed Ibrahim, telecom billionaire, writes: "Alongside this focus on improving African governance, we must also put pressure on our leaders to encourage regional integration. Many small, landlocked African countries will never become serious players in the global economy without increased cooperation within their own regions."Today’s haphazard, overlapping regional integration is proving largely ineffective, and this severely hampers African countries’ ability to compete in international markets."One of the consequences of this lack of cooperation for Africa’s 967 million people is the bureaucratic replication and currency-exchange issues that being divided into 53 countries entails. China, with 1.3 billion people, is just one country; and the European Union, with some 500 million people, functions as a single economic market, with most of its members sharing a single currency."If Africa’s small and diverse nations do not come together, they will neve…

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Ali Abunimah on Israeli Apartheid Week, and Chris Abani on Literature as a Vehicle for Humanity

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Around the world and right here in Edmonton, advocates of the Palestinian cause are presenting the sixth annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

The IAW is hosted by more than 40 cities worldwide--from Bethlehem and Caracas to New York and Johannesburg. From March 1 to 14, lectures, performances, films and more will educate the public about the punishing effects of Israeli military occupation of Palestine and the unequal status of Arab citizens inside Israel. Organisers also call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions.

A multi-ethnic coalition including Palestinian, Jewish and other activists, IAW organisers framed their demands in a July 2005 Statement:

“full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands – including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – and dismantling the Wall, and the protection of Palestinian r…