Global Voices is hiring a managing editor.Read more!
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Open Cafe celebrated its first birthday on 21 October. One year of building open source communities in Africa. Check out their art initiative, ArtMarketOnline. And their Szavanna blog and OpenCafe blog.Read more!
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Had a good conversation with Jimmy Wales about Kiswahili Wikipedia. I have just written about it on my Kiswahili blog. I have to go to my first session this morning. Ruby Sinreich of Lotus Media is talking about using the web creatively for political activism.
We have just learned that Hoder was not allowed to enter the country. He was going to lead a session later today on International Community and Blogging.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 10/08/2005 06:11:00 AM
As part of the ConvergeSouth evening events, David and Jinni Hoggard have invited conference attendees to their house for barbecue...and that's where I am heading to right now. You can check out ConvergeSouth technorati links. Tommorow I will be working with an intern from Somalia, Warsame Guled, a second year print journalism major at A and T. I guess I may ask him to do some posts here while I am concentrating on my primary blog, Jikomboe. I have to go. After barbecue we have the choice of going to any of these venues ( free for conference participants).
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 10/07/2005 03:21:00 PM
ConvergeSouth conference is going on right now. I attended a wonderful session led by Sue Polinsky and Ed Cone. I have a detailed post here (yes, in Kiswahili!). Also a post in Kiswahili about We Media conference.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 10/07/2005 08:32:00 AM
As a result of a fellowship from the Media Center, I will blog the "We Media: Behold the Power of Us" conference, which will take place next week wednesday ( October 5, 2005) at the headquarters of the Associated Press in New York. The conference is about collaborations, collective intelligence, and participatory media. Here is the full program: WeMediaRead more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 10/02/2005 09:42:00 AM
UPDATE: The transcript of the IRC chat is here.
I am currently updating my Kiswahili blog.
Do not forget that the Internet chat with Reporters Withouth Border Internet director, Julien Pain about the Handbook for Bloggers and Cyberdissents is today. More information...
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/27/2005 06:16:00 AM
The conference ended today at with concluding remarks by co-Chairs of the Helsinki Process
and commitments to change.
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"Pastoralism is no longer viable in Africa. Conflicts in Somalia, Northern Kenya, even Darfur, are to some extent related to the fact that pastoralism as an economic model is not viable. The Maasai in Tanzania are very peaceful that is why there hasn't been intense conflicts between farmers and the Maasai...they have abandoned pastoralism as a way of life to become security guards in urban centers in Tanzania."
"There is an assumption in the developing world, particularly in Africa, that moving to urban centers is a neccessary step if one needs to succeed..."
"For Africa to prevail, it need to prevail against two major problems: HIV/AIDS and chaotic organization of political systems."
- Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/09/2005 01:38:00 AM
I am introducing a guest blogger from Malaysia, Vkii. Vkii is the editor of the Malaysian online newspaper, Malysiakini.
Hi! I´m Vkii and I am from Malaysia. I know Macha by reputation only previously but here in Helsinki I have met him finally. If you ask me - cool dude with cool principles.
The Helsinki Conference is all about talking. But believe me, here the talk serves a purpose. You have to talk FIRST. Then only can u sort out your differences. And that is what the world is about. Differences.
So let´s talk about them. Let´s meet. It is the first step. The whole problem may not be solved just by talking with each other but at least we will know how the others FEEL. And that is the bridge that will take us a step closer to an answer.
Let`s recognise that there are a lot of us in this world and each and every one has a right to be here. There is going to be friction (it is inevitable. we`re humans) but that is not insurmountable.
Know that we can work together, know that we can sort out differences. know that all can be satisfied. Know also that this can be achieved.
Have first faith in the talk.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/08/2005 12:01:00 PM
One of my memorable moments today was when Muhiddin Issa Michuzi, Tanzanias leading photojournalist, decided to enter the blogosphere. On this photo I am "officially" welcoming him to the Tanzanian blogosphere. Another journalist, Charles Nzo, is seriously working on his blog right now here in Helsinki.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/08/2005 11:21:00 AM
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Finland is a very interesting country. It is a country where an epic poem led to a succesful independence movement. I remember attending a moving theatrical performance of Kalevala by Parapanda Theatre Lab at the National Museum in Tanzania in 2000. The building where the conference sessions are taking place, Finlandia Hall, was designed by the famous Finish architect, Alvar Aalto.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/08/2005 06:05:00 AM
Tanzanians attending the Helsinki Conference 2005.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/08/2005 03:54:00 AM
Benjamin Mkapa, the outgoing Tanzanian president and Tarja Halonen, the Finish president speaking this morning during the plenary session, Implementing Commitments: Mobilising for Change. They reiterated the fact that the current global economic and social structure requires massive readjustment. They emphasized that The Helsinki Process is a step towards building a multi-stake holder approach to addressing poverty in the world.
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Take a look a the list of speakers and the conference program.
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I just came across this article on Yahoo!: In a country where most major newspapers are state-owned or affiliated to a party, the Internet is offering an unprecedented freedom and platform for an increasingly bold opposition to the regime. Read more....
One of the people "blogging down" the regime is a female blogger, Baheyya.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/30/2005 06:18:00 AM
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International Conference on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication takes place in Kenya early next month. Read more...
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/23/2005 08:41:00 PM
Individual journalists and media institutions based in Africa are invited to participate in the 2005 African Information Society Initiative (AISI) Media Awards.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/22/2005 06:10:00 AM
Global Knowledge Partnership and Panos-London are offering 4 awards of US$1,000 each to print, radio, TV and web journalists from the South who produce the best works on the theme "Where is the money for bridging the digital divide?" Winners will be invited to attend the World Summit on the Information Society inTunisia in November 2005.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/22/2005 05:50:00 AM
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Andy Carvin was in Ghana recently. The first mobile phone podcast from Accra was one of the successes of his trip. Balancing Act has an interesting article about his experience in Ghana and some comments and observations from Ethan about blogging in Africa.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/21/2005 11:34:00 AM
Last month, the British goverment issued a travel ban on a corrupt Kenyan minister. Kenyan bloggers did not leave him alone. Mshairi hit the minister with a limerick, other Kenyan bloggers were inspired. Read the comments on her post.
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Now I am going through all kinds of papers that I collected and notes that I made while reporting on the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. I have just come across a leaflet from a chocolate company in Ghana that was set up by local farmers in 1998. I don't usually eat chocolate, but considering the "pan african" sentiments in me, I had to try this one. I did not regret. Explore the heavenly chocolate with a heart...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/16/2005 08:20:00 AM
I once reported about this amazing project in Mali using water bottles to make antennas. Mereka Institute in South Africa uses a coffee tin and a section of bicycle spoke to make antennas, which are called cantennas.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/16/2005 07:38:00 AM
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SANTEC is a network of educational technology practitioners working in the area of educational technology and eLearning for development focusing on Southern Africa. You can join them for free if you are interested in issues of educational technology and eLearning.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/08/2005 03:24:00 PM
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The International Journal of Education andDevelopment using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) has a special issues on ICT for Education and Development in Southern Africa. I will spend my sunday morning going through some of the articles. I am little bit behind on issues of education and information technology on the region since I have been focusing on media, IP, community technology, and politics (in relatioship to ICTs).Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/06/2005 08:32:00 AM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/11/2005 05:58:00 AM
This morning, John Kamau and I are going to have an interview with Colin Grant for the BBC programme, Go Digital. I am leaving tomorrow for the US. There is still a strong feeling of sadness all over London. I must admit, on my way here I was a bit scared.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/11/2005 02:44:00 AM
It has come to an end. African presidents came, dined, wined, took photos, and left...not even a word to African journalist, to borrow a line from Fela Kuti, JUST LIKE THAT!
G8 leaders came, pretended to care about poverty, and issued this communique, which has been criticized by World Development Movement and Friends of the Earth.
I am still at Gleneagles, it is about 11pm. I will be heading to Edinburgh very soon.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/08/2005 03:02:00 PM
I just found this article. I am not sure if I find it funny or sad. All the way from Africa to London, on the way to Gleneagles, but....Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/08/2005 11:15:00 AM
Monica Naggaga is the policy coordinator for Oxfam Uganda. I started our conversation by asking her the reasons for coming to Gleneagles. “I am here to lobby the leaders of G8 to end poverty in Africa,” said Naggaga who mainly uses the media to get her message across to world leaders and the British public.
Naggaga's main message to leaders of the G8 is clear: African governments should be allowed to decide their own trade policy. “If they decide to open up their markets, let it be so, if they decide to protect domestic markets, let it be so.” She said with conviction.
On the issue of debt, Naggaga believes that what Africa need is better and appopriate aid “so that we can effectively deliver the Millenium Development Goals.” Better aid, according to Naggaga, means aid not tied to conditionalities, which usually amounts to giving money with one hand and taking it away with the other. She maintains that Africa requires extra $50 billion this year.
Naggaga also wants world's advanced nations to to commit themselves to a clear time-frame to phase out farming subsdies, which negatively affects African farmers.
Mulima Kufeksa Akapelwa, the head of deparment of Justice and Peace for the Catholic Centre for Justice, Development, and Peace in Zambia, is in Gleneagles to ask world's richest nations to extend debt cancellation beyond the 14 African countries that have benefitted from the first phase of the deal.
She wants debt cancellation to be accompanied by more and effective aid. She elaborates: “Africa does not benefit from aid designed in a way that huge chunk of the money comes back to the West as payment for consultants, technicians, and purchase of equipment.”
“Another critical area that we have raised our concern is trade. Africa will not be able to stand on her own if the international trade regime is not reformed,” she said, adding that fair trade alone will not help Africa. “Africa needs the economic capacity to give incentives to her people to be more productive, and also improve the necessary physical, telecommunication, and financial infrastructure and systems needed for high and quality productivty,” Mulima noted.
On the role of Africa in fighting poverty, she observed that more foreign aid cannot is needed even where it seems as if the problem is under Africa's control. She points out that corruption, which is one the the major problems in Africa, requires huge investment to wipe it out. Referring to her country of Zambia, in Southern Africa, she said, “Zambia reguires about $4million to install new technologies for tracking use of public funds. This is a lot of money for a country like Zambia but very crucial.”
After attending the 2003 G8 Summit in France, Caroline Sande, the Director of ActionAid, Southern Africa, promised herself that she was not going to attend more G8 summits: “Historically, these meetings are about rhetorics and sometimes leaders are only scoring points against each other.”
However, this year's summit, “is very unique and brings with it hope and optimism that has never been felt before.” Mass demonstration that took place in Edinburgh last week, Sande believes, showed that ordinary people are asking questions and at the same time Africans have started to critically sift through grand statements and look at small prints.
Despite her optimism, she will not be surprised if nothing significant comes out of the summit “since it will not be the first time Africa is one of the key issues of the summit with lots of promises made but not fulfiled.” She points to the contradiction within western governments such as the UK as an indicator of how difficult it might for promises to be delivered.
“Look, the Home Office wants to kick out asylum seekers from Zimbabwe, the Trade Department's policy papers talk about working towards opening up Africa's markets to British corporations, the UK is the second largest exporter of small arms to volatile regions of Africa, at the same time the Prime Minister leads other G8 leaders in ending poverty in Africa. How can you explain these contradictions?” She asks.
Another contradiction, she adds, is in the fact that members of the G8 want African countries to practice the pure form of free market economy while they forcefully protect their domestic markets.
Caroline has speficic messages from Africa for G8 leaders, “We need time-frame for impementing promises, solutions cannot be found in singular programmes; it is about a package of fair trade, better aid, debt cancellation and so forth.”
The basis of our message is that the lives of African people should be valued. “We dont see, for example, why plans to put every HIV/AIDS victims under treatment are targeted for 2010. Why not now? We are talking about human beings who will not be around in 2010,” she complained.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/07/2005 06:46:00 PM
We have arrived back to our apartment from Gleneagles where high priests of capitalism are meeting. We missed Bono and Geldof. We were busy eating and sipping not knowing what was going on the other side of the tent.
Maura, who was very disappointed for missing Bono, writes about rap music in Mozambique for Metro newspaper. Earlier today I was in Simon Mayo's BBC Radio Five Live Show talking about the power of protests. Right now Joel is on air discussing Africa and the G8 Summit.
I am going to write a short piece about my first day at Gleneagles for Panos blog before going to sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day, we are all going to Gleneagles early in the morning.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/06/2005 03:50:00 PM
We have arrived in Gleneagles after over an hour drive from Edinburgh. We are drinking wine and eating Scotish food while talking to people. This is part of "Taste of Scotland Evening" with the First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell. I have met journalists from Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda and have just spoken to the minister of education and young people of Scotland. Will write more later.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/06/2005 12:02:00 PM
Back in London we were able to meet different political and media figures. We met Hugh Bayley (Member of Parliament for York), the chair of Africa All Party Parliamentary Group. While seated on a side table in his office, he briefly told us the progress that has been made by his group in bringing to the attention of British politicians and policy-makers critical issues relating to Africa.
Last Tuesday, John and I went to talk to the former CEO of City Water, Cliff Stone, about the Tanzanian governement decision to deport him and cancel its contract with City Water. We did not have enough time to finish the interview; we might do it again face to face or over the phone before we leave the UK. We are still working in this story. The same day, we went to London School of Economics to a public forum entitled: Make G8 History. We got there a little bit late. But I was glad that we did not miss Tariq Ali, George Monbiot, and Mark Curtis.
On Wednesday we met Clare Short (Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood) at House of Parliament. Before meeting Clare Short, Francesca, Nicky, John, and I visited BBC online offices to see what they do. John, apart from blogging for Africavox blog, will also blog for BBC online.
On thursay, the day before we left for Edinburgh, we had informative discussions with two amazing and experienced UK bloggers. Paul Mason writes about our meeting. Rafael Behr talked about being the only blogger at the Observer and showed us the last public speech by Ceausescu. Colin Grant-Bu interviewed me for the BBC programme, Go Digital. He will conduct another interview with all of us next Monday.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/04/2005 05:57:00 PM
John Kamau, one of the african journalists who are blogging and reporting on the G8 Summit has an excellent article in the Guardian today.
Please visit the Panos G8 blog where we are reporting from an African perspective on what is happening, or not happening, here in Edinburgh. We also just learnt that we got media accreditation to actually brush shoulders with GW and his buddy, Tony.
Right now, a group of anarchists are demonstrating.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/04/2005 06:37:00 AM
Another long day in Edinburgh, we attended some events in town where we got to see and hear Samir Amin, Walden Bello, George Monbiot, Trevor Ngwane, etc. We also spoke to a person from the World Development Movement about water privatization in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. I think these guys made my day. On our way back we met a group of anti-war demonstators. We wanted to stay but it got so cold and we were hungry. I have to start working on my stories for Panos.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/03/2005 12:07:00 PM
Tanzanian's opposition party, Chadema, has blogs for its national leaders. I will be watching closely to see how they will use blogging technology in this year's presidential and parliamentary election.
Here in Edinburgh, we are about to start our day with a full Scottish breakfast. Remember visiting our new blog.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/03/2005 12:02:00 AM
I just realized what makes me love Edinburgh. First, people are more relaxed (and drunk?). In London, everybody seems to be stressed about something. The whole city seems to be late for something. Many Africans I saw over there have permanent frowns on their faces. Greener pastures might not be that green. Lots of them seem to be somewhere else: thinking about the landlord?
Second, in Edinburgh it is easier for me to find my way around. Somebody from Panos said something about Edinburgh being a manageable city. I wonder if Mzizima, the largest city in Tanzania is manageable to visitors.
Right now, Live 8 concert on TV is in South Africa. A group of musicians are singing the South African national anthem, Nkosi Sikeleli, which happens to be the same national anthem, in different languages though, in Zambia and Tanzania. We have been watching some of Live 8 performances. Whoever was deciding which performance was to be aired must not like African music. The few times they showed African musicians, it only lasted for 6 sconds.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/02/2005 06:47:00 PM
I was told by an activist from Congo DRC during Make Poverty History demonstration that the total cost of G8 Summit security is more than the GDP of a country like Malawi! Dont forget to get to read blog entries from African bloggers who are in Edinburgh.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/02/2005 06:38:00 PM
I guess there were over 200,000 demonstrators in Edinburgh earlier today. It was exciting and fun being among those thousands souls with banners, music, drumming, singing, etc. The last time I was in something like this was 2002 in New York at an anti-war protest.
Today I was busy tracking down African demonstrators. I met some activists from Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, and Congo DRC.
Here are some photos.
For more detailed information about what is happening here from an African perspective read the new Panos blog.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/02/2005 02:28:00 PM
I just got back from a long walk around Edinburgh. It is 1:45am, the city is still bustling with activities, mostly kissing, smoking, and arguing. Everybody seems to be staggering from alcohol. And they speak something that sounds like English...Scottish english, I am told.
I met three Tanzanians as i was about to come back to the apartment. It is always such a great feeling meeting Kiswahili speakers in the Diaspora. "Are you here for this thing?" They asked me while pointing to a piece of cloth outside an old church, which says: Unfair trade costs Africa $2700,000,000 every year.
Strange, one of the three Tanzanian comes from my village!
Before we left for lunch yesterday, I wrote about Dr. Fackson Banda, the Executive Director of Panos Southern Africa, asking us to go where he can eat "real" food, not fast food. We went to a restaurant not far from where we leave (Sameer: "dont break anything, please dont touch anything...don't, don't, dont..."). Dr Banda's food ended up being too "real"! I havent laughed so much since I got in here last Monday. Dr. Banda ordered sauteed chicken pepper, thinking it was going to be a filling. Unfortunately, he did not see the word:salad. When his meal came, his salad, to be precise, he had to ask to see the menu again before he realised that his order was for people who like eating leaves (vegetables). In less than two minutes he had finished his leaves! I advised him that next time, instead of asking for menu, he should go to the kitchen to see for himself what he is ordering.
On our way back to the apartment, we laughed so hard while discussing Banda's "leaves."
"I grow vegetables in my backyard. I eat them for free, now here I had to pay the equivalent of 150,000,000 Zambian currency (Kwacha)" John Kamau, who also happened to eat "leaves" for lunch, did a quick calculation to find out how much Kenyan shilings he had used for "leaves" that left him even hungrier. He
grabbed a mint we got from the hotel from his mouth and threw it away in disgust. Banda looked at John while cracking with laughter, " You see, that damn thing does not even dissolve!"
Oh, I am tired. Tomorrow is a long day. I have to go to sleep. There will be a big march in town. Earlier today ohn told me that next week there will be 8 leaders of the so called "wealth economies," 10,000 arnachists, and 100, 000 activists!
There are so many police officers around the town, some roads have been closed and some shops on Princes (street/ avenue/road?) have been covering their glass windows with wooden planks, mainly because of anarchists. As I told you yesterday, I will be looking for anarchists for tomorrow.
**I learnt today that John Kamau from Kenya, who is with us, is also an accomplished musician.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/01/2005 05:48:00 PM
We just arrived in Edinburgh. We are staying at a very beautiful apartment: large rooms, interesting artwork, big windows, etc. Well, we are about to go out to get some food. Dr. Fackson Banda, from Panos Southern Africa, says he doesnt want "fast food" but "real" food! Check out Technorati for info about Live 8 at: http://live8.technorati.com
More later. Down with neo-imperialism!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/01/2005 06:02:00 AM
I asked a friend of mine in Tanzania to find out if Tony Blair, the chair of the Commission for Africa, is known in rural Tanzania. Does he play for Manchester? He was asked by a primary school student on the way to watch a local soccer game.
When he told one old man, "Tony Blair is the chair of the Commission for Africa." The old man wanted to know the name of the village he comes from. It did not occur to him that the man who heads the Commission for Africa is not an Africa. But a white male born in the UK!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/30/2005 02:17:00 PM
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I arrived in the UK yesterday morning. We had a busy day with Sameer Padania from Panos. Tomorrow is a great day because Panos will launch its Africavox blog, which will have stories written by a team of African journalists visiting the UK as part of Panos G8 Media Fellowship Programme. I will post the blog link and other stuff tomorrow.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/28/2005 01:19:00 AM
The Tanzania Youth Alliance will soon introduce a new online helpline desk service for detailed information as one of its efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/26/2005 06:29:00 AM
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Global Voices Online tells us about recommendations released by Reporters Without Borders and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which governments and corporations should follow in order to ensure a free internet.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/25/2005 07:12:00 AM
On Friday July 1st at 1900 GMT, 2100GMT, and 2200 GMT and again on Saturday July 2nd at 1100 GMT, BBC World Service Radio will broadcast a debate called, Can the G8 Fix Africa? Presenters will be Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, Director of Justice Africa, Madam Rosemary Museminali, Rwandan ambassador, James Shikwati, Kenyan economist, and Lord David Triesman, Minister for Africa (to be confirmed).
The event and the recording will take place at the Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden by 7pm onWednesday, 29th June. The recording will start at 7.30pm and will be finished by 9.00.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/25/2005 03:31:00 AM
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In order for the revolution, which will no longer be televised, to be ditized in Africa and the desire to bridge the digital divide to be realised, policy-makers and other key decision makers need to pay serious attention to rural connectivity. Read the report on rural telephony by Panos London, Completing the Revolution: The Challenge of Rural Telephony in Africa. The report is based on case studies from Senegal, Zambia, Uganda, and Burkina Faso. There is also a media brief, which is designed to be a useful guide for journalists. You may also learn about Panos' activities around the World Summt on Information Society.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/22/2005 01:57:00 PM
The Panos fellowship programme has two objectives:
While in the UK, I will blog the summit and other related activities and events on this blog, my other Kiswahili blog, Jikomboe, and a new blog currently being set up by Panos London.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/21/2005 06:18:00 PM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/19/2005 01:01:00 PM
Peter Day reports on how technology is touching the lives of ordinary people in Africa. Listen to the whole program here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/19/2005 07:30:00 AM
There will lots of activities and campaigns to end global poverty during the G8 Summit next month in the UK. Make Poverty History Campaign is organising marches and demonstrations in the UK, where up to over 250,000 people are expected to turn up. The Working Group on Climate Change and Development is holding the GW8 in Edinburgh, Friends of the Earth is working on a "climate alarm." Visit the G8 Alternatives website.
There will be lots of cultural activities calling for the world leaders to combat poverty. Apart from Live 8, which is to be held on 2 July in Londo, Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Philadephia, organisers of Live 8 announced yesterday that there will be an Africa-only event in London as part of the worldwide call to end poverty.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/17/2005 02:53:00 AM
After many people raising their concern over the lack of African artists at Live 8 concert, organizers announced that there will be an African-only concert in London. Some of the African musicians expected to perform are Angelique Kidjo, Maryam Mursal, and Youssouf Ndour. Maryam Mursal is a Somalian musician based in Europe. She once became a taxi driver in Mogadishu, Somalia, after being banned from singing for criticising the government. Listen to her interview on NPR.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/16/2005 02:24:00 PM
Africa Regional Youth Preparatory Meeting for WTDC in Abuja next month...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/13/2005 03:10:00 AM
The Kenyan government has launched a new HIV/AIDS program for public taxi drivers as a result of a recent exposé by two broadcasters.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/12/2005 03:41:00 PM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/12/2005 09:37:00 AM
Politics is online in Tanzania. Currently, three political parties have websites: the ruling party, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), and two opposition parties: Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), and Civic United Front (CUF).Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/10/2005 09:53:00 PM
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Here is a pastoral letter from the Catholic bishops of Kenya calling for the cancellation of Africa's debt.Read more!
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The decision by the UK, which assumes the presidency for the 2005 G8 Summit, to focus on Africa can be understood in the context of the UK-led Commission for Africa. The commission released its report early this year. Here are some reactions.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/07/2005 01:46:00 AM
The Media Center at the American Press Institute The Media Center invites bloggers and leaders of small, independent, alternative or start-up media ventures to submit applications for two fellowships. More...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/06/2005 11:48:00 PM
International lawmakers and policymakers opened talks Monday morning to formulate recommendations on Africa for the G8 summit. More...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/06/2005 10:58:00 PM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/06/2005 09:53:00 AM
I just finished doing an interview with RFI (Radio France Internationale's English service) about multilingual cyberspace. Below are instructions and time from the person I spoke with for those who want to follow. It will be on air/internet tomorrow.
"You go to http://www.rfi.fr/, then click in the top left-hand corner where it says "english". Then when you are on that page, all the programmes are on the right-hand side. The interview with be broadcast on one of the first four programmes ("English to Africa" 04.00 GMT, 05.00 GMT, 06.00GMT, 07.00GMT). Monday's programme will stay online for 24 hours after it is broadcast, and then gets replaced by Tuesday's show.
The programmes always start with the news, and then at around 15 minutes past the hour there is a section where we broadcast interviews."
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/05/2005 12:09:00 PM
After launching of the first ever Kiswahili version of OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 (Jambo OpenOffice.org 1.1.3) , the klnX Team has started the localization of a Free and Open Source web browser called Firefox 1.0.1. Here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 6/03/2005 03:24:00 PM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/31/2005 01:48:00 AM
I arrived last night after a long, and tiring flight from Egoli/Jozi (Johannersburg) where I was attending the Commons-Sense conference. I was interviewed by Rhodes university's New Media Lab. Watch the video here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/30/2005 05:56:00 AM
I just opened the email from Kenya Unlimited about a show on Kenyan bloggers on Open Source Radio next week.
I am still at the commons-sense conference. This morning there was a very moving panel on Blogging the Commons. I am overwhelmed. Dont click...as I promised I will post detailed information about all these panels, the conversations, and discussions. Lots of ideas and information to chew.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/27/2005 04:37:00 AM
A team of 15 students and two staff members from the New Media Lab at the School of Journalism and Media Studies (Rhodes university) are live-blogging from the conference. Amazing! Follow the conference here.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/26/2005 06:51:00 AM
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/25/2005 11:48:00 PM
The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), is hosting a Thetha forum on Tuesday, 24 May 2005, to discuss whether Southern African organisations should use Creative Commons to licence the information that they produce. More...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/18/2005 11:36:00 PM
My friend Mokhtar, who teaches Arabic at the School for International Training, has started blogging in Tamazeight. Mokhtar is a storyteller. He has been telling stories orally and in print media. Now he goes digital. There is also a Shona blog and Chagga (which happens to be my language) blog from Texas.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 5/17/2005 11:55:00 PM
From 25-27 May, 2005, participants from around Africa and the world will gather to strategise towards the realisation of an African Digital Information Commons. Here for detailed information.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 4/24/2005 09:29:00 AM
This year's presidential election in Tanzania might be rightly called the first "internet" election. I will be blogging more information on this between now and October. Visit this innovative website that covers election news and issues (in Kiswahili). Here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 4/21/2005 01:51:00 AM
This year's Afrogeeks conference is taking place in May19-21, 2005 at the university of california, Santa Barbara. I will take part in the panel discussion moderated by Bruce Bimber, on May 21. The title of the panel is: Geek Speak: Decipherin' Digital Heiroglyphs.
The theme of the conference is Global Blackness and Digital Public Sphere.
This is the panel:
Panel: Geek Speak: Decipherin’ Digital Heiroglyphs
Moderator: Bruce Bimber
Ndesanjo Macha "Decolonizing the African Blogsphere: The Case of Kiswahili"
Jarita C. Holbrook "Cultural Astronomy, Black Physicists, and Total Solar Eclipses"
Skip Ellis "Project NEEM: Technology for Enhancement of Distributed Meetings"
Here is the full program. Visit this site for last year's conference.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 4/17/2005 07:29:00 AM
In the great tradition of DIY wireless comes another project underway in Mali. The project is investigating best practices for building small DIY antennas and router enclosures at low-cost to serve the Malian television and WiFi markets. Designs were taken from numerous sources and adapted to use materials readily available in Mali such as plastic water bottles (peep the “BottleNet” antenna at right), used motorbike valve stems, and window screen mesh. More...Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 4/04/2005 07:57:00 AM
Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organisation in Uganda that develops the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share information and address relevant issues collectively. Here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 3/30/2005 05:35:00 PM
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Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 3/13/2005 07:41:00 AM
African Languages Technology Initiative (Alt-I) was set up to facilitate development of the necessary resources that will enable the engagement of information communication technologies (ICT) in African Languages. The initiative has already designed a Yoruba keyboard, which is being used in CAWD first project in Oke-Ogun rural community.
Another interesting project in South Africa is African Speech Technology at University of Stellenbosch.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 3/06/2005 01:00:00 AM
Committee for African Welfare and Development (CAWD) is a UK-registered charity organization aiming to bridge the digital divide and bring new opportunities in Africa. Its first project is in Oke-Ogun in Nigeria. More info here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 3/06/2005 12:26:00 AM
EduVision is empowering students in a remote Kenyan village to have access to a library of some 15 million books! Here.Read more!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 3/02/2005 11:54:00 PM