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Lova Rakotomalala

I am Global Voices Francophone region editor since 2009. My area of interest is centered on francophone Africa, the status of minorities and immigrants in Europe & media biases. Raised in Madagascar, I hold a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs with a focus on international development & international relations and PhD in Medical Sciences from Purdue University. I can be found on twitter at twitter.com/lrakoto.

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Latest posts by Lova Rakotomalala

13 December 2018

In Madagascar, costly presidential campaigns don't add up to a better life for citizens

"One cannot expect clean politics which have been financed by corrupt money." The combination of secret financing and corruption is a real threat to the legitimacy of Madagascar's elections. 

31 October 2018

Madagascar citizens demand transparency in a fishy deal with China

The livelihoods of Madagascar’s coastal communities will be seriously threatened if they must compete with the potential catch capacity of these fishing boats.

27 July 2018

Will a World Cup joke force France to have a necessary conversation about Africa?

The Bridge

"By calling them an African team it seems you are denying their Frenchness."

28 June 2018

Simone Veil, the Immortal: A conversation with author Pascal Bresson on Veil's human rights legacy

"Beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle."

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

26 December 2017

#TogoDebout: Demonstrations Against President Gnassingbé Continue Despite International Indifference

A popular joke has been shared in Togo following the fall of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe: "We pray for Togo, and God answers in Zimbabwe".

19 December 2017

Zanzibar’s Football Heroes Win Hearts Despite Loss to Kenya in CECAFA Cup

Zanzibar Heroes shocked everyone when they made it to the CACEFA Senior Challenge Cup finals against Kenya's Harambee Stars. They lost, but Zanzibar is still cheering for its heroes.

17 December 2017

#FreeNganang: Cameroonian Writer Patrice Nganang Detained in a Maximum Security Prison in Yaoundé

Advox

Cameroon needs intellectuals resolutely committed to the service of the people, the oppressed. Those who sacrifice their times, their energy, their money, their families, their children, to build change.

14 December 2017

Concerns over United States President Trump's Latest Controversial Foreign Policies Loom Large in Africa

"This is not a very diplomatic strategy. Then again, it is coming from a man whose vision and politics are limited by his lack of awareness about the outside world."

12 October 2017

‘The Position of Women in Science Has Changed for the Better’, but ‘Is Still Far From Ideal’

"...tenured women scientists are not paid salaries comparable to their male counterparts. They are more frequently overlooked for promotions and administrative positions."

8 October 2017

Conducting Medical Research in Africa: Opportunities and Misconceptions

"Due to the history of aid funding, every dollar spent is backed up by a dollar to ensure that fraud is minimised."

6 September 2017

Simon Ateba Is Not Ahmed Abba, but He Too Has Experienced Persecution as a Journalist in Cameroon

Media outlets, including Global Voices, have mistakenly identified a photo of Simon Ateba as Ahmed Abba. Both are journalists whose reporting on Boko Haram got them into trouble in Cameroon.

18 August 2017

History Repeats Itself, Violently, in Burkina Faso

"Every time, they come to kill our brothers. Those are two restaurants beloved of Burkinabe that have been targeted."

11 August 2017

A Young Engineer From Niger Is Taking on Industrial Air Pollution With His Invention

The T-shaped device captures the CO2-containing heavy substances from the fumes via an affinity-based chemical assay that binds CO2 particles.

20 July 2017

I Dread Setting Foot on U.S. Soil While Trump is President

The Bridge

Visiting the U.S. now "would mean having to overcome too much frustration over how the country I used to know has changed."

1 June 2017

Could Professional Sports Boost Economic Development in Africa?

"Of course, sports alone cannot lift a country out of poverty. But they can help inspire social change."

10 May 2017

Where to Find the Best African Food in Paris, According to the African Diaspora

Global Voices reviews of the best African restaurants in the Paris region, tried and tested by natives, as well as those discovering African food for the first time.

13 April 2017

The French May Be Casual about Extramarital Sex, But They Aren't about Relationships

The Bridge

According to studies, the French may simply be more realistic about the challenges of long-term monogamy.

23 March 2017

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

13 February 2017

Fake News to Be of Major Concern in French Presidential Election Campaign

Distinguishing between real and fabricated news will be challenge during the french election campaign.

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