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Friday, November 21, 2003

Job - Research Director - African Economic Research Consortium: "AERC invites applications from qualified individuals for a Board-appointed senior management position in its Secretariat in Nairobi. AERC, established in 1988, is a public not-for-profit organisation devoted to advanced economic policy research and graduate training in economics. Further information on the programmes and structure of AERC are available on this website."

Somali Journalists Network: Advocating Free Press in Somalia: "The Somali Journalists Network "

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Job: IDRC ICT Innovation Officer: "IDRCs ICT for Development (ICT4D) program has initiated the 'Electronic Sandbox', program which allows IDRC staff, to experiment with innovative ICT related ideas which can lead to full implementation in a relatively short period of time. The Sandbox program is designed to allow ICT innovation to occur in-house as well as ICT research ideas to be explored in partnership with researchers in the field."

Is the World Bank Development Gateway any good?: "This paper argues that the World Bank's understandings of knowledge and development are inscribed in the technology of the Development Gateway, obstructing the use of the technology in support of alternative understandings of knowledge and development, adversely affecting the validity and diversity of the knowledge needed for development, and accelerating the loss of knowledge."

Mobile content job: "OKN Mobile Business Manager, Open Knowledge Network East Africa"

Job Posting - Amnesty International Program Director Africa

Job Posting - Legal Officers - Kenya: "The African Human Rights and Access to Justice Programme (AHRAJ) is a joint cooperation Programme of the Kenyan and Swedish Sections of the International Commission of Jurists concerned with domestication of human rights in thematic areas and in accordance with international human rights standards. The AHRAJ is working in eastern, western and southern Africa to support human rights impact litigation in the areas of fair trial, women’s rights, labour rights and health rights in order to ensure victims have adequate access to justice."

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Blog Africa: BlogAfrica Catalog: "Welcome to the BlogAfrica Catalog" launches African blog directory...

Friday, November 07, 2003 Books: Another Day in Paradise: Front Line Stories from International Aid Workers: "The relief workers who in this book bear witness to their experiences aren't saints, but they are members of a rare breed: unedited, unbought eyewitnesses to our collective folly. Some are what conventional society would call misfits, because the only true kinship they can feel is with the world's victims. Some, by their own admission, are war junkies who live for the adrenaline rush of the front line. Others can't rest till they've entered the final heart of darkness without a gun and witnessed the worst of what man can do to man. For them, there is a kind of terrible triumph in witnessing truths that the rest of us hurry to look away from. " (from John le Carré's forward)

Aid workers are in for a good month - what with Angelina Jolie in that Without Borders aid heroine movie too...

The HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence: "The HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence is awarded to journalists in the Region of Southern and Eastern Africa in the following countries;
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique." [Deadline: 15 November]

Kenyan journalist Ken Opala bags award : "Winner of The 2003 Natali Prize for Africa and Gold Medallist: Ken OPALA (Daily Nation, Kenya) "

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Jobs: n Development Bank --- Job Opportunities --- Current Vacancies

Breast milk bank provides hope for HIV+ babies: "Orphaned babies, many of whom are HIV-positive, are getting more than basic love and shelter at a home in South Africa's port city of Durban. They are also receiving the gift of immune-boosting breast milk donated by a network of mothers in the city."

The Sarah Ntiro Lecture and Award: "Sarah Nyendwoha Ntiro, the first woman university graduate in East and Central Africa"

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

The $87 Billion Money Pit Fascinating account of aid money, contractors, corruption and confusion in Iraq from Newsweek.

Ethiopian dolls...

ETHIOPIA: Interview with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi - OCHA IRIN: "According to the latest rendition of the Boundary Commission, Badme would be 800 metres inside Eritrea. What’s 800 metres in a country as big as Ethiopia?"

Meles says Badme, the flashpoint for the deaths of tens of thousands is "some godforsaken village"...

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

How many Falash Mura are there hoping to go to Israel?: "When 4,000 Falash Mura were brought to Israel in 1998, many officials thought they constituted the last group of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia, said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and a board member of the Jewish Agency and the JDC. Eckstein attended the Oct. 23 meeting.

But then another 14,000 people turned up at the compounds in Addis Ababa and Gondar, and the Jewish relief operations in Ethiopia continued.

In 1999, government surveyors counted 26,000 people served by the compounds, but a few thousand have since emigrated to Israel.

Estimates of the number of Falash Mura left in Ethiopia range from 15,000 to 24,000, with about 19,000 at the compounds." (Virtual Jerusalem)

Monday, November 03, 2003 Uganda: LRA Photographed September 1 Ambush: "One of the photos showed the rebels forcing people out of the bus, another showed them harassing the helpless passengers and a third photo showed the bus burning."

The LRA gets weirder and sicker...