Stories about Development from September, 2006
Sports, Health and Politics in West Africa
We begin this week's blog round-up with sports. The Trials & Tribulations of a Freshly-Arrived Denizen…of Ghana blogs about the selection of a new coach for Ghana's senior national football team, amongst other issues: As the Week Draws to a Close in Accra:: Regulation? What Telephone Regulation?; CAN 2008 is...
Pakistan: Toy Village
Shirazi profiles the Toy Village in Pakistan. “Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka – The Toy Village – is the name of the village in Punjab, about which a lot has been written, about its unique and special concept, -Thatta Kedona is the name under which the handicraft products of the village and...
U.N. reform: when you talk, will they listen?
When you talk, will this man listen? Let's find out on Tuesday. What is your opinion of the United Nations? What kind of impact has it had on your country and people? How should it be reformed? Who should lead it? Global Voices is hoping to share your views in...
Knight-Batten Awards: And the winner is…..
It was appropriate that, for an award given for innovations in journalism, overseen by J-Lab (the Institute of Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland), the news came from my colleague Georgia Popplewell at the ceremony in Washington DC via instant message to London and from there out to the...
South Africa: The poorest of the poor are credit-worthy
“We believe that the poorest of the poor are credit-worthy, and that through mobilising savings they are able to build financial and social capital…” – the Kuyasa Fund, via Timbuktu Chronicles.
Malawi: Software Freedom Day
Soyapi Mumba on Software Freedom Day in Malawi, “In Malawi, the event is being organised by LinuxChix (Malawi) and Malawi Open Source Society (MOSS) and will include presentations on various Free and Open Source Software topics to be followed by an Install Party.“
Kenya/Uganda: wheelchairs for mobile phone booths
Afromusing blogs at Afrigadget about Ruud Elmendoorp video, wwhich shows how wheelchairs are converted into mobile phone booths in Kenya and Uganda.
Bahrain: When Hollywood comes to the UN
Amira is in UN as a journalist. In her 10 plus years of covering the United Nations, on and off, she have never ever seen so many journalists at the Security Council as she did today.
Bermuda: Hurricane lessons
A Limey in Bermuda cautions against making hasty development decisions in the aftermath of hurricane Florence: “. . . it's perhaps not surprising that some people are calling for power lines to be put underground, a more durable connection to the East End, and a curfew. But do any of...
Barbados: World Ozone Day
Linda Thompkins reports that Barbados is one of the countries observing World Ozone Day on September 16.
DRC: Looking for Democracy After Post-Election Clashes
The blogosphere takes a look at violent clashes between two presidential candidates that last month gripped Kinshasa for 3 days. Some analyze the causes of the violence, others assign blame. Bloggers also discuss the upcoming presidential runoff andthe results of the legislative elections, while some try to devine the country's...
Africa: New publishing ventures
Two publishing ventures in South Africa and in Nigeria aim to publish writings by Africans for local markets, reports African Women's Blog.
Cuba: Oil find?
Luis M. Garcia is skeptical about reports of large quanities of oil having been found off the coast of Cuba.
Kenya/South Africa: Differences in Banking
Bankele, a Kenyan blogger attending a conference in South Africa, observes that “One significant difference between Kenya and South Africa banking is their (SA) recognition that banking is a necessary service which should be affordable.”
Kenya, Film, Development
“Let the record show – we have got more stuff together in Africa than the world would like to admit,” writes the Concoction, reflecting on a PBS documentary about a life changing experience of three African-American boys in rural Kenya, The Boys of Baraka.
Peruvian Posts Between August and September
Este artículo también está disponible en español. In the time that has passed since my previous compilation of posts, the people of Perú Político have published three summaries of the weekly happenings, which have to do mostly with events from the government's political actors and the opposition. They are: weekly...
Malawi, Development, Technology
Soyapi Mumba writes about a new service introduced by the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi, which enables customers to know how much they need to pay using SMS.
Trinidad & Tobago: Alcoa vs. Chatham
Jeremy Taylor weighs in on the “ugly confrontation” taking place between the members of a community in south-western Trinidad and a big company attempting to construct an aluminium smelter in the area.
Ethiopia, Development, Economics
Ethiopia on a knife's edge, via EthioBlog.
Africa, Telecommunications, Development, Technology
Kenyan Pundit reports from the annual ICT conference in South Africa, Highway Africa, about the workshop on the status of EASSY Project.
Russia: Murder Over Foreign-Made Car
Russia Blog writes about the tragic death of an Omsk journalist and his family: “Ruslan noticed a nice Mitsubishi car parked by a tent, with no potential witnesses around. Driving a foreign-made vehicle was his childhood dream. So he went to the tent and shot Aleksandr Petrov in the face...