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

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

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

“…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,… Continue reading Writing Humanity into Development: Telling the Story of the Personal Impacts, Not Just the Statistics

Occupy Nigeria Protests: It’s About More Than Just A Fuel Subsidy

If it were only so simple as hundreds of thousands of people across Nigeria uniting to protest over the recent removal of the fuel subsidy! However, it’s about much more than that. That said, everywhere I look on the internet these days, I’m reading oversimplified, overgeneralized news statements such as “We are tracking the alarming… Continue reading Occupy Nigeria Protests: It’s About More Than Just A Fuel Subsidy

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

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

Same Old, Same Old? Kenya to Launch Another One of “Africa’s First Planned Cities”

Lane use plan for hippo-designed city in Sudan.

We know that African cities are growing, and faster, with the continent’s population set to double in number in the next 30 years. The question is, how are African city government planning for it? What’s the human demand for it? And how are planners making sure that these cities develop in a way that is… Continue reading Same Old, Same Old? Kenya to Launch Another One of “Africa’s First Planned Cities”

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

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