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Rich and poor, side by side

An excerpt from ‘It’s Our Turn To Eat’ (p148), a book by Michela Wrong: Among the most squalid the continent has to offer, these settlements nuzzle against well-heeled residential areas in provocative intimacy. ‘What’s striking about Nairobi is that each wealthy neighbourhood lies cheek by jowl with a slum,’ remarks former MP Paul Muite. ‘It’s […]

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‘In the end, quality journalism will prevail’

The London Africa Media Network organised an event to discuss the media across Africa last week – ‘arguing a business case for sustainability and independence.’ A few comments that stayed with me: > The best-performing graduates are not drawn to journalism. > Media laws tend to restrict the flow of capital into the industry. > […]

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Sports development: Community as the context

It’s now been three weeks since the end of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. In case you’ve been experiencing withdrawal symptoms, fear not because the Paralympics started this week. Sporting fever and excitement is still well and truly alive! The Olympics were a fantastic display of impressive sporting talent, commitment, teamwork and much more. […]

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on doing business in Africa

“[Africa] is a continent of many countries, not one country. If we are down to three or four conflicts, it means that there are plenty of opportunities to invest in stable, growing, exciting economies where there’s plenty of opportunity.” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister and former World Bank Vice President, speaks at this TED […]

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Passing the buck: We the public do it well

In today’s i newspaper, Dominic Lawson comments on the current UK phone-hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. In his article, Lawson lists the people and organisations that are being blamed for having allowed this sort of behaviour by News of the World journalists to have ever been tolerated. He mentions the organisation’s Chairman Rupert Murdoch, […]