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Colonial PR Films Provide Window into Africa’s More Recent Past

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The UK’s Colonial Film Catalogue, a database of more than 6000 films (150 viewable online) provides an impressive, although subjective, window into the peoples living under British colonial rule. Although at times condescending, these videos find their value in providing a fantastic trip through time into life in these places.  Many of the films I have…

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Writing Humanity into Development: Telling the Story of the Personal Impacts, Not Just the Statistics

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“…it seemed to me a shame that between the highly technical, acronym-heavy documents written within the world of development and the often saccharine self-descriptions of the church workers, there were so few people writing development stories from a human perspective. Stories that were not especially concerned with a man’s eternal soul or his statistical representation,…

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Protests, Fuel Subsidy Removal and the Role of Social Media: Not Just Another Day in Nigeria

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Across the country, a series of “Occupy Nigeria” protests have taken up in response to President Goodluck Jonathan’s January 1 announcement of the removal of the fuel subsidy, which would lead to a price hike in fuel prices. Today marked Day 4 of the protests, which began the day after the President’s announcement. This morning,…

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Clean Team: Promoting Improved Sanitation and Waste Management in Kumasi, Ghana

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A very interesting and informative short video on Clean Team, an initiative targeted in Kumasi, Ghana to address urban sanitation needs by providing household toilets to paying customers. The project, still in its pilot stage, is a collaboration between Unilever, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), IDEO and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly. Check out…

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Street Behavior in Accra: What’s Going On?

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Today, I learned secondhand of one episode of violence that took place on Accra’s roads, and was witness to another. The first violent event was an event recounted by a female acquaintance of mine, who was literally slapped in the face this morning by an aggressive pedestrian as she was in her car (her young…

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