Yikes, y’all. but oh so hilarious and tragically common

Kenya’s first mockumentary takes on the NGO world

You’ll recognize the stock characters. The new Aid for Aid Country Director, Scott, who lacks any experience working in Kenya makes his debut in the Pilot with this brilliant introduction, “many of you will be asking who I banged to get this position…I’m not as wet behind the ears as some of you may think, I’ve worked for my mothers NGO since I was six years old.” With two master’s degrees from the U.S. and an internship to his name, why shouldn’t he be running the organization? Then there is the mistreated intern, the pill-popping Deputy Director, and of course a male employee who calls everyone “sweetie”, etc.

At a leadership conference today, hosted by University College Dublin’s Smurfit Graduate Business School and Centre for Humanitarian Action.

First speaker told us he’s not keen on governments or NGOs. A room full of business students and humanitarian students. I’m questioning the ethics and sustainability of Humanitarian organizations working with businesses.

Gagan Khurana from Grow Africa shows some interesting solutions for making even small-scale farming more efficient and business savvy in parts of Africa.

However, Damien McLoughlin from the business school is…not great. Keeps referring to Africa as one place (despite his initial statement that it’s not), such as “if you walk into an African supermarket…” So many things wrong with that statement.

There is nothing to suggest that people who have so much at stake have been meaningfully involved in these decisions. In fact, there has been very little public debate in Mali about the implicit strategic choice to shift water from the Inner Niger Delta to the Office du Niger, or about the full implications of this choice.

I took Alu and nothing happened. I had another blood test to recheck and still had the same parasites. The drugs were fake.

But mobile is fast emerging as a major transformative power. Already, in places like South Africa, mobile carries more advertising than all the traditional media combined. In places like Kenya, mobile banking is outpacing all traditional financial channels. And, everywhere from Nigeria to Uganda, people are turning to mobile for news or entertainment ahead of traditional media. People are hungrier than ever for quality content.

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In these remote parts, facts are hard to come by — and the killers have proved elusive, apparently continuing their poaching even after the Cameroonian government sent in the military on March 1.

What is clear is that the poachers have been sweeping in on horseback from Chad or Sudan. They are heavily armed and highly organized. Confrontations with the military have left at least one soldier dead so far.

What is also clear is that the slaughter — which is unprecedented even in the context of a recent increase in wildlife poaching — has as its ultimate destination China and, to a lesser degree, Thailand and Egypt (where Chinese are the main customers of pilfered ivory from elephant tusks.)

Demand for ivory from China “is the leading driver behind the illegal trade in ivory today,” said Tom Milliken, an elephant and rhino expert for Traffic, an organization that monitors the global wildlife trade, in a telephone conference organized by the WWF this week.

For elephants, 2011 was the worst year on record. Now add the hundreds killed in one national park in Cameroon alone, within just the last two months, and you get a sense of the urgency of the problem.

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ShortFormBlog: Tanzania ferry accident kills hundreds off coast of Zanzibar


  • 240+ people killed in last night’s ferry sinking off Zanzibar
  • 607+ people rescued; overcrowding was blamed for the disaster source

» A depressingly common occurrence: Accidents like these happen in the region every few years, most recently in 2009. And while this incident was…

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