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On Weak States and Threats to the U.S.

Stanford’s Dr. Amy Zegart has written an important piece for Foreign Policy in which she argues that the threat of weak states has been over-hyped. I agree with the first half of the piece, in which she takes down the … Continue reading ?

Building Bioreactors

Over at MakeShift:Leroy Mwasaru and his classmates in their quest to develop a sustainable source of energy. Their solution is a human waste-fueled bioreactor that will clean up their town’s water supply while powering outlets and stovetops.

Edmond Kachale - Natural Language Processing Tool Developer

From TEDxLilongwe: Edmond Kachale is a Malawi-based software developer interested in developing human language technology tools for underrepresented African languages. Since 2006, he has been developing language systems independently for Chichewa, the de-facto national language of Malawi. Show More Summary

Roundup of Recent Writing on the Humanitarian Fallout from Boko Haram

The violence by and against Nigeria’s Boko Haram sect has had a tremendous impact on non-combatants. Northeastern Nigeria and surrounding countries (Niger, Cameroon, and Chad) have experienced waves of displaced persons. Here is some recent writing on the humanitarian aspect … Continue reading ?

Senegal: On the Trials of Karim Wade and Hissène Habré

I have a post at the Global Observatory discussing two ongoing trials in Senegal. An excerpt: The trials of [former Chadian ruler Hissène] Habré and [former President Abdoulaye Wade’s son Karim] Wade will have implications for elites across Africa. The former’s … Continue reading ?

Nigerian Elections: Goodluck Jonathan and the Southwest

While many eyes are fixed on the violence in Nigeria’s northeast, the country’s approaching presidential election (March 28) will hinge on what happens elsewhere. One critical zone is the South West, a base of strength for the opposition coalition the … Continue reading ?

A quick color-coded test for Ebola

Somewhat similar to earlier reported efforts in Uganda? KurzweilAI reports: Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes (credit: Jose Gomez-Marquez, Helena de Puig, and Chun-Wan Yen) A new test for EbolaShow More Summary

Katanka Odeneho III Electric automobile

More from Ghana's Great Kosa automobile company : Post by AJ+.

Computer Package for Secondary School Mathematics (CPSSM)

In the educational software arena, Bennett Kankuzi reports: Alinune Musopole, an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences Education programme at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has developed a mathematics software package for secondary schools in Malawi as his final year project. via Zachmalawi

10 Children's Illustrators To Know

In Okay Africa: Late last year Ghana-based pan-African literary organization Golden Baobab introduced us to a shortlist of talented illustrators, whose work ranged from 3-D Ashanti folktales to intricately drawn Moroccan cityscapes and African barbershop-inspired murals in Durban. Show More Summary

IPOs soar on Africa's capital markets

Over at African Capital Markets News: US$11bn IPO and FO proceeds raised in 2014 in African equity markets US$37.4bn proceeds raised from 2010 to 2014 24 African IPO companies listed in 2014 Source IPO Watch Africa 2014 by PwC African...Show More Summary

Developing Fodder and Forage solutions

Spore reports: Fodder for more milk and income in Eastern Africa In Kenya, some 1.8 million smallholders provide more than 80% of the milk; a typical farm has just one or two cows. Most dairy cows are kept in ‘zero-grazing’ pens and, in addition to small amounts of purchased concentrates, are fed a variety of fibrous feeds. Show More Summary

On the Bombardment of Abadam, Niger

On February 17, an airstrike killed an estimated thirty-six people in the village of Abadam, Niger (map showing the closest nearby town, Bosso). Although the author of the airstrike remains unconfirmed, most coverage has pointed to Nigeria as the likely … Continue reading ?

Cotton made in Africa

via AfroStyle: Cotton made in Africa promotes the cultivation of sustainably produced cotton in Africa to improve the living conditions of thousands of smallholder farmers currently active in the initiative. This exceptional collaboration...Show More Summary

Mapping Boko Haram’s Attacks

Ryan Cummings recently wrote about several myths surrounding Nigeria’s Boko Haram sect. To his list one could add others, including the claim that the geographical range of Boko Haram’s attacks is always expanding. Of course, it is self-evidently true that if … Continue reading ?

The Curse of the Sad Mummy

African Digital Art reports: The latest animated project by award wining South African Animation studio Shy the Sun. The short film was created for Riot Games with around 5 million views. Shy The Sun is known for their fantastical character design and attention to detail in their work, creating magical worlds.

Nigeria’s Elections: Beyond “The Bumbler vs. the Thug”

Since the two major parties nominated their presidential candidates, Nigeria’s presidential election (now scheduled for March 28, following a six-week delay announced earlier this month) has been, effectively, a two-man race. These two men are incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and former … Continue reading ?

The Geography of Science &Technology Innovation Clusters in Nigeria

A Tony Elumelu Foundation publication: The Geography of S&T Innovation Clusters in NigeriaThe Nigerian Innovative Clusters Project aims to uncover the pockets of industry clusters where companies with similar attributes (structure, location, interest, sector) in Nigeria co-exist. Show More Summary

'Braintem' A Marketplace for Business Ideas

From Niro Bertram in TechAfri:Braintem (founded by Dave Ozoalor) makes it possible for its users mentally create ideas, write it down on the social network and get it sold to other users or non-registered members. It provides a diary-like platform that helps users update their status into custom categories they have created. Show More Summary

University of Nairobi launches startup incubation policy

Worth emulating, in Disrupt Africa: image via Disrupt Africa The University of Nairobi (UoN) has developed an incubation policy it says will allow it to better support helping young entrepreneurs grow their businesses into commercially viable ventures. Show More Summary

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