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Lova Rakotomalala

Currently the editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices, I am a researcher in biomedical engineering and consultant in Global Health. Raised in Madagascar, I have a strong interest in international development and digital media as a tool to promote social change and transparency in the developing world. I am currently attending the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton U to further that specific interest. I am also part of the core team of the Foko , an NGO driven to promote the online exposure of social grassroots projects based in Madagascar. I can also be found at and on my personal blog.

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Latest posts by Lova Rakotomalala

24 November 2015

Following Hostage Crisis, Mali Celebrates Its Heroes and Gets Back to Work

Grateful for its heroes, Mali has already resumed its ordinary economic activities, ignoring the risk of more attacks and the national state of emergency (which is still in force).

14 November 2015

The Best of Paris Shines Through During Its Worst of Times

"In times of adversity, the true character of a community shows through. To those offering #PorteOuverte, you make me proud to be a human."

12 November 2015

The Crisis in Burundi Takes a Troubling Turn for the Worse

"...if the Burundian population remains poor, with all of the problems that come with a large population and a small territory, the country will always have violent cycles."

9 November 2015

Sassou-Nguesso on the Path of Other African Presidents-for-Life After Congolese Referendum

Young citizens of Congo (Brazaville) protests the President Sassou-Nguesso's attempt to run for an additional term.

19 October 2015

French Citizens Are Raising Their Voices for More Respect, Less Hate in Politics

"There is no longer anything to expect from those who govern us." Citizen movements want to take the lead in changing politics in France.

22 September 2015

3 Keys to Understanding the Burkina Faso Coup

Learn who is behind the coup, what this has to do with upcoming elections and why all eyes are on citizen movements' reactions to the crisis.

16 September 2015

Refugees Met with Generosity and Suspicion in France

Despite enduring fear and suspicion towards refugees, many citizens initiatives have been launched or scaled up in France to meet their needs.

1 September 2015

Tech Communities in Francophone Africa Rise to the Challenge of Their Anglophone Counterparts

French-speaking Africa has been remarkably absent from the flurry of media coverage on "Silicon Savannah." But the emergence of promising new projects in tech innovation mean that may soon change.

31 August 2015

Journalists Reporting in Mali Receive Death Threats From ‘Guardians of Jihad’

A militant group threatens to kill journalists working for foreign media who report on Mali.

12 August 2015

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

7 August 2015

“They Can't Take Our Flag!”: Madagascar Outraged at 2015 Indian Ocean Games

The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.

28 July 2015

Eiffel Tower Plans? Beware of the ‘Paris Syndrome’

The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.

23 July 2015

How Boko Haram Is Changing International Politics in Western and Central Africa

Boko Haram has revved up its attacks against many African nations in the past several weeks. Here is a recap of the conflict in the region so far this year.

17 July 2015

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

14 July 2015

This Invention by Burkinabe and Burundian Student Scientists Could Save Thousands from Malaria

Two students, Moctar Dembele and Gerard Niyondiko, might have just made a major contribution to reducing the morbidity of one of the deadliest diseases in Africa.

12 June 2015

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The French media market is stagnant, but some see the African continent as the place to re-boot growth in the sector.

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