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‘Sudanista!’: A Non-Fiction Reading list for The Sudans

Emma’s War: Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan by Deborah Scroggins The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars (African Issues) by Douglas H. Johnson South Sudan From Revolution to Independence by Matthew Arnold and Matthew LeRiche The Fate of

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Kenya’s Community Reporters

NAIROBI, Kenya – I believe in the power of community media to transform communities. In my home country, due to the National Film Board of Canada’s Challenge for Change program from the 1960s to 80s, marginalized Canadians came together to

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India: Prayasam’s endeavour into Calcutta’s slums

KOLKATA, India – “When I first visited the slums…The community became my canvas and the children became my paint brushes and colours,” said Amlan Ganguly, founder of Prayasam (Endeavours) to me during an interview on the balcony of his home and

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Radio Boda-boda goes the extra mile to serve listeners

Rural radio broadcasts reach some of the most remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. However, when FRI Tanzania staff visited the farming village of Engare Nairobi west of Mount Kilimanjaro, it became clear that people there were unable to receive a radio

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Beep4Weather: Forecast and Farming advice available on-demand in Tanzania

With weather patterns shifting due to climate change, farmers need weather-related information they can count on. Luckily, their mobile phones can help them get it. “Utabiri wa hali ya hewa” (Swahili for “Beep for Weather”) is a radio and mobile phone service for

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Afric-lit: An Afro-centric non-fiction reading list

I was recently asked to make a list of books on Africa. When I asked if it was to be a list of fiction or non-fiction, the response was “both.” But, for space and time’s sake, here’s a not-by-any-means comprehensive

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Dreams of Abyssinia: A ‘forenji’ in the former Ethiopian Empire

Forenji is an Ethiopian word, in the Amharic language, which means foreigner. I arrived in Addis Ababa on Dec. 20, due to spend my entire Christmas holiday traveling to the north of the country and back before New Year’s Eve – Dec.

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