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Ndesanjo Macha · August, 2011

I am a blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. I am interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

I am the Sub-Saharan Africa Editor here at Global Voices. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo

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Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha from August, 2011

Kenya: Local Webcomics

  29 August 2011

Kenyan Guru writes a post about Kenyan webcomics: “With the number of people finally discovering the power of blogger,there has been a rise in the number of blogs that are getting attention from the local internet users…So today I decided to track down some local webcomics and I was lucky...

Kenya: Meet Kenyan Female Social Innovator

  24 August 2011

Mworia blogs about Crystal Kigon, the founder of Voices of Africa: “Crystal’s organization in conjunction with Intersat Africa have been working on a project that aims to take the internet to rural areas in a way that is fitting culturally and sustainable economically, environmentally and socially.This has to be one...

Africa: The Potential of Local Brain-Drain

  24 August 2011

What is the potential of local brain-drain in Africa? Read Idd Salim's post: “We all know African Tech Solutions. Ushahidi, Mpesa come to mind. Apps made by Africans for Africa. Because African solutions are made on an empty stomach, they address a REAL need. A real problem. Not AngryBirds. HungryCoders....

Ethiopia: A Woman Dedicated to Serve Her People

  24 August 2011

EthioHealthCare writes about Liya Abera, Director of Bala Health Center in Ethiopia: “Basically ,what this health center focuses on prevention of diseases mostly on those which are pretty common in that area like malaria, oro fecal disease etc. And also focuses on minimizing woman and child death as well as...

Ethiopia: British Media Fuels Aid Apathy

  24 August 2011

According to Ethiopian blogger, Daniel Berhane, British media fuels aid apathy: “At a time when about 12 million people in the horn of Africa suffer from the worst drought in 60 years , British media is busy disenchanting private donations…Alas, at a time when only a third of the needed...

Ghana: The Chicken Thief Readers Around the World

  24 August 2011

Fiona, a blogger based in Ghana, shares photos of people around the world reading her new book, The Chicken Thief: “If you've been following The Chicken Thief on Facebook you may have seen the fantastic photos that readers have been sending in of the Chicken Thief in their corner of...

Ghana: Meet Ghanaian Spoken Word Artist

  24 August 2011

One Ghana speaks to Mutombo, a Ghanaian multi-talented artist who specializes in spoken word poetry” “He has blessed several stages since he started his beautiful art form. The list of major shows he has performed includes Portrait of an Excellent Woman 2008, which took place at the National Theatre.”

Liberia: Voting Ends in Liberia's Referendum

  24 August 2011

Voting ends in Liberia 23rd August referendum with the Liberia's Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), which deployed 400 elections observers throughout 15 counties reporting that voting was peaceful. The referendum was marred with an error on the ballot paper…

World: Write a blog post and win up to 3,000 Euros

  18 August 2011

Participate in YoBloCo Awards and win up to 3,000 Euros: “The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC/PAFPNET is organizing the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).”

Kenya: Mocality Launches Daily Deals and Mobile Apps.

  11 August 2011

Watch a video of Moses Kemibaro's interview with Joshua Mwaniki, the Country Manager for Mocality in Kenya, on the impending launch of Mocality Deals: “In addition to the deals, Mocality recently also launched mobile apps for both Apple’s iOS (i.e. iPhone, iPad and iPod devices) on the App Store and...

Guinea-Bissau: Films From Guinea-Bissau

  11 August 2011

Kris introduces his readers to films from Guinea-Bissau: “As African cinemas go, Guinea-Bissau is not well researched and there’s not that much about written about its history in film. I submit to you some of the films I’ve seen and some of the links that might be useful.”

Ethiopia: Let's Code for Ethiopia

  10 August 2011

“Let's code for Ethiopia,” says Ethiopian blogger and programmer: “I came across a project initiative in the United States called code for america. The leaders of technology companies had a video where they ask the programmers to code for a change and it is a kind of social service. I...

Nigeria: Did Halima Abubakar Deserve Award for Best Actress?

  10 August 2011

Noble does not understand why Halima Abubakar received Nigeria's Best Actress Award 2011: “Relatively new actress to the Nollywood scene, Halima Abubakar, took home the trophy for Best Actress of the Year at City People Awards. From all the movies I've seen her in, I can say for sure that...

Sudan: Coup Against Public Liberties

  10 August 2011

Osman Shinger examines the uncertain future of media freedom in Sudan: “Journalists and rights activists have expressed concern about diminishing press freedom in Sudan. Reporters attribute their pessimism to what they call a “coup” against public liberties. Chief among their concerns is the press freedom that was stipulated in the...

Liberia: Visiting a Country of Many Firsts in Africa

  10 August 2011

Dr. Sipho Moyo visits Liberia, a country of many firsts in Africa: “Liberia was Africa’s first republic, colonized in 1822 and declared independent in 1847. It is also home to Africa’s first female president: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. I met with her last week at the Executive Mansion in Monrovia...

Ethiopia: Local Media Ignore Famine

  9 August 2011

Endalk wonders why Ethiopian media ignores famine in the country: “While there has been news after news on the issue of on the global press which was lead by the Guardian and other global newspapers. I have been desperately running from newspaper to newspaper but I have barely seen a...

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