Ndesanjo Macha · June, 2007

Blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. Ndesanjo Macha is interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

Macha was formerly, Global Voices’ Sub-Saharan Africa Editor. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo

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Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha from June, 2007

Kenya: Defending citizen media

  15 June 2007

Mental Acrobatics defends bloggers’ coverage of the recent bomb explosion in Kenya: “I would argue that it is stories like this that rather than showing the danger of blogs, HIGHLIGHT the importance of blogs and other citizen media.”

Kenya: Nairobi bomb explosion: God blinked

  12 June 2007

“If there is a god then the speck of dust on his eye that is Nairobi must have gotten too big. This morning he blinked. A product of the nineties, my fondest memories of my childhood include sneaking out of home to watch Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude van Damme movies...

Sudan: Eyes on Darfur

  12 June 2007

Eyes on Darfur via AfroSphere: “In June 2007, Amnesty International launched a human rights project and accompanying web site called Eyes On Darfur, which uses high resolution commercial satellite images of villages in the Darfur region. It features before and after satellite images of destroyed villages and villages at risk,...

Kenya: the double edged nature of personal media

  11 June 2007

Following the explosion in Nairobi today, Thinkers Room discusses the double edged of personal media: Today has just illustrated the double edged nature of pervasive communication like blogs, email and text messaging. There is no doubt that these platforms are powerful tools for communicating information. There is also no doubt...

South Africa: bike sales benefitting the environment

  11 June 2007

Greencars writes about the rise in bikes sales in South Africa and the possible positive effect on the environment: “Still, in the face of dwindling car sales, it’s a positive sign that bike sales are on the increase – a motorcycle culture in South Africa will reduce our vehicle-related pollution...

Africa: comparative advantage in agricultural sector

  11 June 2007

Hector Mongi writes about a recent study into agricultural investments in the Sub-Saharan Africa: “[Stephen] Were Omamo and his co-authors are suggesting areas of investment and type of crops that will have a sound comparative advantage for each country in the Region. The research shows that Tanzania has comparative advantage...

  11 June 2007

Ainashe disputes the claim by the Somali Prime Minister that Ethiopia is Somali's best friend: “Contrary to what the Prime Minister said, and I must say, with all accounts, Ethiopia has always been, and continues to be Somalia’s worst enemy. Unless one is blind-folded by myopic tribalist agenda, personal greed...

Malawi: exotic species in Lake Malawi

  11 June 2007

Hastings Zidana discusses the implications of the introduction of exotic species in Lake Malawi: “The introduction of exotic fish species to areas where they do not naturally belong is a global problem. Apart from cases of exotic species, there are also many more cases of species transplant within the same...

Kenya: Kenyan bank website hacked

  9 June 2007

Kenya-Byte writes about the Kenyan bank whose website was hacked recently: “Equity Bank’s website was defaced last week. Safaricom’s website is suspiciously unavailable. There is some mischief going around. The cracker who defaced Equity’s site might not have caused serious loss to the bank apart from denting the reputations of...

Tanzania: Believe, Begin, Become

  9 June 2007

Afromusing blogs about the launch of Believe-Begin-Become program in Tanzania: “The programs’ goal is to support the youth in entrepreneurial pursuits by providing training, networking, and mentoring through technoserve and in partnership with the government. The plans they are looking for through business plan competitions in Tanzania, ought to be...

Sudan: Darfur conflict vs. Paris Hilton on Google

  9 June 2007

Thinker's Room defines insanity as Paris Hilton vs. Darfur conflict on Google: “That’s right. There is almost FIVE TIMES as much content about some nebulous nobody than one of the biggest tragedies every to befall this earth. We pay more attention to issues of nuisance value than serious catastrophes that...

Tanzania: musical journey to Mount Kilimanjaro

  9 June 2007

Bongoland II writes about Innocent Galinoma, a reggae artist from Tanzania living in the US: “His message is real and genuine, which you quickly pick up on when you talk to him. For example upon hearing his hit song “KILIMANJARO”, one could think that the message is about the famous...

Africa: critical look at the quest for alternative energy

  8 June 2007

Alternative energy and the future of Africa's forest: “It’s the final day of the Summit, and so far we’ve heard the G8 leaders’ views on climate change and HIV funding. Richard M Kavuma hopes that in their quest for ‘alternative energy sources’ the G8 does not jeopardise Africa’s remaining forests.”

Africa: who is listening to African women?

  8 June 2007

An interview of one the African journalists blogging the G8 Sumit 2007: “One of the AfricaVox journalists, Zinhle Mapumulo, has been interviewed for openSummit, a blog covering the G8 process from a woman’s perspective. Zinhle talks about her motivation for covering this year's Summit and her experiences so far….”

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