Two interesting and contrasting approaches to development in Africa are making headlines at the moment. One starts at the top, tackling governance issues. The other takes a bottom-up approach, working at the village level. In the first, former Mozambique president Joaquim Chissano has won the inaugural Mo Ibrahim prize awarded to a retiring head of state for … More Prizes for Presidents or Charity for Villagers?
NAIROBI: There is a trade-off to be made between keeping Darfur in the newspapers and offering an accurate analysis. So while I might not agree that the war crimes committed there constitute genocide, that one word is probably responsible for keeping Sudan on the world’s radar while humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia … More Bank Faces Darfur Protest
NAIROBI: I quite simply don’t have the energy to post on the SPLM’s walkout and what it means. (I haven’t the foggiest idea, is the honest truth and I assume they’ll be back pretty sharpish anyway). But this is the best explanation I’ve seen – Samson Kwaje, minister of information of South Sudan, interviewed for … More Southern Walkout
NAIROBI: Once again it’s the people of Somalia who are losing out. Yesterday the World Food Programme suspended aid to 75,000 people in Mogadishu after its compound was stormed and a senior managers detained by Somali armed forces. A number of theories are doing the rounds: With Ali Mohamed Gedi, the prime minister, deadlocked with President Abdullahi … More Aid as a Weapon in Mogadishu
NAIROBI: This post started as a piece on the sociology of science, the history of twin studies and the flawed research into the inheritance of IQ. It was going to be a response to comments by James Watson, who won a Nobel prize for his work identifying the structure of DNA, reported in today’s Independent, that … More I Give Up
NAIROBI: Al Gore has done a fine job alerting those who wouldn’t otherwise listen to the dangers of climate change. For that he thoroughly deserves his Nobel Prize. But something interesting is going on. His is the second peace prize awarded to an environmental campaigner following the precedent of Wangari Maathai three years ago. Increasingly … More A Convenient Excuse
Nairobi: George Clooney has taken a pop at armchair experts who dismiss his brand of celebrity activism. The vocal campaigner for Darfur says in Time magazine… “…I welcome any of these dumb pundits who make celebrities out to be bad guys to a discussion about Darfur. Because I’ve been there and I’ve met all the players, and … More A Dumb Pundit Writes