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The Think Tank Initiative is a major new collaborative program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC. Its goal is to support independent policy research organizations in developing regions enabling them to provide objective, high-quality research that both informs and influences policy. The Initiative will provide long-term core funding to select organizations, along with targeted capacity-building support. For more information about this Initiative, visit www.idrc.ca/thinktank.
Posted by Ben at 9:12 pm
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007
"In one recent experiment, Slovic presented subjects with a picture of "Rokia," a starving child in Mali, and asked them how much they'd be willing to give to help feed her. Then he showed a different group photos of two Malinese children — "Rokia and Moussa." The group presented with two kids gave 15 percent less than those shown just one child. In a related experiment, people were asked to donate money to help a dying child. When a second set of subjects was asked to donate to a group of eight children dying of the same cause, the average donation was 50 percent lower." [Wired]
Posted by Ben at 6:46 am
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Political satire on Facebook...
Kenyan opposition figure Raila Odinga has two facebook profiles. In one of them, his only friend appears to be the very dodgy Artur Margaryan. The other, which seems more likely to be real, says that Raila is " Raila is Working hard to cement ODMK unity".
Meanwhile, presidential hopfeul Kalonzo has a profile, but he only has 11 Facebook friends in Kenya. President Mwai Kibaki seems to have 172 friends in Kenya, putting him ahead in the Facebook Kenyan election race. Minister Charity Ngilu seems to have only three friends in Kenya.
Posted by Ben at 11:45 am
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Does a black screen consume less power or a white one?
The black version of Google, Blackle, may have its carbon foot in mouth...
Posted by Ben at 9:08 am
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Bastiat Prize 2007: Submission Open
IPN's Bastiat Prize for Journalism was inspired by the 19th-century French philosopher and journalist Frédéric Bastiat. The prize was developed to encourage and reward writers whose published works eloquently and wittily elucidate the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science. The prize (a total of USD $15,000) will be split among First, Second and Third placed winners.
Posted by Ben at 1:31 am
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
BBC Seeking Young Kenyan Entrepreneurs
The BBC's Head of Swahili, Solomon Mugera is seeking young business minded Kenyans to take part in the broadcaster's competition Prosper with the BBC. The competition launched in early April and has already attracted hundreds of KiSwahili speakers across Africa but nothing so far from Kenya.
"I am convinced many young Kenyans have interesting ideas for money-making projects which will launch their business careers and serve their local communities," he said. "We just need to raise awareness of the competition and the opportunities it will bring."
Prosper with the BBC is open to young Swahili-speakers aged 16 to 24. They are invited to submit their proposals on how they can start a successful business that has a positive impact on their community, using US $2,000.
The winner of the competition, which closes for entries on Wednesday 2 May, will address the Commonwealth Business Symposium during the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Uganda in November, and win US $2,000 and a laptop computer. The second and third runners-up will be awarded $600 and $400 respectively, plus a mobile phone. The results will be announced at Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and broadcast live on BBC Swahili radio and online, via bbcswahili.com , at 6.30pm EAT on Wednesday 27 June.
Posted by Ben at 5:17 am
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
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Friday, March 30, 2007
Jobs: AFRICA BASED POSITIONS, MULTIPLE ROLES, LONDON INTERVIEWS
Global Career Company is pleased to announce the Careers in Africa UK
Summit scheduled to take place in London on May 4th - 7th 2007. Now in
its fifth year and with over 50 companies confirmed to attend, this
Summit is the worlds leading recruitment event for Africa. This annual
invitation-only event brings together graduates and professionals
seeking careers in Africa with top employers from the region and
features pre-scheduled interviews, presentations and networking
sessions. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for African
candidates to meet with leading HR directors and Senior Business
Representatives from various organisations over one weekend. Details
on the event, participating companies and available opportunities can
be found on
Posted by Ben at 2:55 am
Monday, March 26, 2007
HD Centre Vacancies
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) is an independent and
impartial organisation that aims to resolve armed conflicts by
promoting negotiated solutions among belligerents. The HD Centre also
carries out research, analysis and facilitation of dialogue around
practical policy recommendations in order to improve international
efforts to secure and sustain peace. In support of these activities,
the HD Centre is seeking high quality applicants for the following
Regional Director, Africa Office, Nairobi
The Regional Director will be responsible for the management and
expansion of the HD Centre project portfolio in Africa. Duties will
include high level representation, strategic policy guidance,
management of an annual budget and staff, fundraising and developing
new programmes of work. Applicants must have direct and profound
knowledge of Africa, especially its conflict resolution community,
regional organizations, the UN and non-governmental institutions and
be in a position to engage a broad cross section of African society.
Fluency in English, a working knowledge of French and a second
regional language are essential. Application deadline: 30 April 2007.
Regional Director Africa
Project Manager, Africa Office, Nairobi
This post will assist in the development of the programme of work in
Africa. The successful applicant will help identify, pursue and manage
new mediation work in the region as well as conceive, develop and
support the HD Centre's related policy work. They must have a deep
knowledge of African affairs, experience in conflict resolution, a
strong command of the English language and ideally working knowledge
of French and Arabic. Travel and representation of the HD Centre
throughout Africa will be required. Application deadline: 30 April
2007. Project Manager, Africa
Please send your resume (2-3 pages maximum) with a brief introduction
The HD Centre is an equal opportunities employer.
Posted by Ben at 4:05 am
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Job: Project Coordinator, LinuxChix Africa
"The Project Coordinator will be based at the LinuxChix Africa offices in
Johannesburg, South Africa. This position includes both administrative
responsibilities and programme management responsibilities, and an opportunity
to make a substantive contribution to the growth of LCA.
LinuxChix Africa is an African continental organisation that aims to build
technical GNU/Linux and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) skills among
African women. We have a presence in over 26 African countries and we are one
of the fastest growing networks. We actively encourage and facilitate the
active participation of African women in FOSS software development projects.
Email: email@example.com . Closing Date for applications is 10th January 2007."
Posted by Ben at 8:06 am