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· July, 2007

Stories about Tanzania from July, 2007

Tanzania: Swiss government removes all tariffs and quotas

  24 July 2007

Gillian writes about the decision by the Swiss government to remove all tarrifs on trade with Tanzania: “The Swiss government has removed all tariffs and quotas standing in the way of Tanzanian exports destined for Switzerland. The new regulations came into force in April 2007, and are expected to benefit...

Tanzania: evolving into a xenophobic society

  24 July 2007

Ujamaa argues that Tanzania is evolving into a xenophobic society: “Whether it is the Begging Somali, the Grieving Burundian, The enterprising Kenyan or the shameless Muhindi, Tanzania has slowly but surely evolved into xenophobic society. If there is one aspect of our social development and growth that I could influence,...

Tanzania: shooting a film in Tanzania

  24 July 2007

Six American students are blogging about their experience shooting a feature film in Tanzania: Here are a few memorable moments from being on the set: * Yelling “action!” right before the fight scene * Waiting for neighborhood pigs to stop squealing so that we could shoot the scene * Trying...

Africa: two African solar companies win Ashden Awards

  9 July 2007

The African Uptimist reports that two African solar companies won Ashden Awards last month: Tanzania's Zara Solar Ltd. won the first prize for the Africa Award (£30,000) for providing high-quality, reliable solar-home-systems at affordable prices to communities lacking access to a reliable source of energy. The second prize for the...

Tanzania: the implications of sending refugees home

  7 July 2007

The Head Heeb looks at the social and economic implications of Tanzania's decision to expell refugees: “It's hard not to sympathize with Tanzania, which has done far more than its share as a refugee host country. Repatriating half a million refugees prematurely, however, will expose them to an uncertain future,...

Blogging for social change: Interview with Jeff Msangi

  7 July 2007

Jeff Msangi is a columnist for a Tanzanian daily,Tanzania Daima. He has been a blogger since 2005. He blogs in Swahili at Harakati and in English at Proud African. His Swahili blog is mainly about development, politics and social activism. Jeff, a pragmatic optimist, strongly believes that blogging and other Internet tools can influence social change in the developing world. Jeff was interviewed recently by J. Nambiza Tungaraza.

Malawi: Windmill genius, burying the first lady, and other things Malawian

  1 July 2007

The most exciting phenomenon in the Malawian blogosphere as I am writing is the 19-year-old William Kamkwamba. Five years ago, William dropped out of secondary school just after two terms due to lack of money for school fees. Visiting a nearby school library supplied by the Malawi Teacher Training Activity (MTTA), a USAID project, he one day found a book on how to make electricity using home-made materials, and today he has not only built a windmill that is attracting attention around the world, he was also given a standing ovation at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference, held June 4-7 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Africa: Africa Cookbook Project moving forward

  1 July 2007

TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania, gave birth to Africa Cookbook Project: “At TEDGLOBAL in Arusha, Tanzania in June, 2007, we launched the “Africa Cookbook Project,” whose goal is to archive African culinary writing and make it widely available on the continent and beyond. A database is being developed and copies...

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