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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

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.

6 June 2015

‘In This Class, I Learn to Appreciate People Again': A School's Innovative Approach to Improving the Learning Experience

The innovative Saint-Nazaire High School proposes unusual solutions to counter the surge of violence and high drop-out rate in French high schools.

5 May 2015

One French Journalist's Take on the ‘Slow Death’ of Foreign Correspondents

Anaïs Renevier is leaving Lebanon after a few years reporting there. Her blog post about the dismal conditions foreign correspondents must endure in today's media landscape has resonated with many.

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