Contemporary African Issues

Modern issues in African countries -- international political economy, public health and human rights, technology and development, African relations with the world and individual stories of human interest. In addition, the reflections and experiences of Brown students who are from, or are interested in, Africa.

Location

Botswana
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    Danielle Johnstone | August 9th, 2014
      This week saw South African social media alight with frustration after two white students at the University of Pretoria donned dark make-up and pillows stuffed up the back of their dresses while dressing as domestic workers for a private...
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    Danielle Johnstone | January 16th, 2014
    2013 was dubbed the “Year of Pan-Africanism and African renaissance” by the African Union, in a celebration of 50 years of organized African unity. However, the search for a sense of the universal African or a pan-African identity and the pursuit...
  • Dominic Mhiripiri | August 7th, 2013
    Recently I found myself hunched on a library cubicle, tucked beside a giant window on the 4th floor of the building, alone, writing, the gentle thrum of summer rain asserting on the massive panes of glass. With my pen and a notebook, I was trying to...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | March 30th, 2013
    I helped Agazh author a project proposal outlining its current progress, and its plans for the next three years. We followed the proposal structure required by HelpAge International, with the hope it may soon help fund Agazh. The project proposal...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | February 25th, 2013
    Agazh Agazh’s license expired on February 13, 2013 and the renewal process began February 14th. The Ministry of Justice Charities and Societies Agency does not begin processing license renewal applications until the current license expires and it...
  • Dominic Mhiripiri | February 19th, 2013
    Amid frigid New England conditions this weekend, over 1,300 attendees from across the world braved the elements and thronged Harvard Business School venues for the 2013 Africa Business Conference. Over 20 panels lined up academics,...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | January 28th, 2013
    Ethiopian Christmas is on Tahasas (4th month of the Ethiopian Calendar) 29th or on January 7th (Western Calendar). I had thought Tahasas 29th was Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas, but quickly learned that all Ethiopian Christian sects, including...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | December 28th, 2012
    Agazh Developments This month, we’ve been finalizing Agazh’s website and its social media. We hope to launch the website in a few weeks. The talented Meagan Ducharme re-designed our letterhead logo to make it more suitable for the web. She also...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | November 28th, 2012
    Agazh's Progress Agazh’s current license under the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice Charities and Societies Agency expires in February 2013, so a large part of November was dedicated to preparing a report on the organization’s activities, services,...
  • The Editors | November 5th, 2012
    Brown Daily Herald   Monday, November 5 2012 Hannah Abelow '14 CAPE TOWN, South Africa — “Michelle Obama ate lunch next door,” bragged a shopkeeper selling an odd assortment of antiques and vintage knick-knacks in the gentrifyingCape Town...
  • Bruktaweit Addis | October 19th, 2012
     Snapshots of the Setting I arrived in Addis Ababa before sunrise on the morning of September 27, which happens to be a national holiday called Meskel. It’s a celebration of the finding of the true cross and it is tradition to do a bonfire...
  • Meara Sharma | June 21st, 2011
      Ideas from my previous post - always considering context and history, remaining exploratory and avoiding assumptions - were wholeheartedly reaffirmed in a recent conversation with Kaia Miller-Goldstein (Brown '87!) Kaia works as an economic...
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    The Editors | May 20th, 2011
    Our Right | Our Reason: 2011 Reflections on Africana Studies — Maingreen.tv This video from Maingreen.tv shows reflections by Brown students about their academic experience with the university's Department of African Studies, the intellectual...
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    Dominic Mhiripiri | April 24th, 2011
        In celebration of the annual cultural show hosted by the Brown African Students Association, two graduating seniors reflected on their home countries, art, culture, and their experiences at Brown. This year's jubilee by "ASA" was...
  • Dominic Mhiripiri | April 18th, 2011
    Romano Prodi is former Prime Minister of Italy and president of the European Commission (current European Union). He is currently visiting professor in the Watson Institute at Brown University.  In September 2008, United Nations Secretary-...
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    Sophie Shackleton | March 21st, 2011
    In an effort to make some petty funds for a return to Mali, I am currently working to help with marketing and branding for my parents, who handcraft high quality furniture and pottery. My parents are not business people.  They have had to...
  • Danielle Johnstone | March 17th, 2011
      Senator David Coltart is the current Minister of Education, Sports and Culture in Zimbabwe. In the 1980s, Coltart was keenly involved in campaigning against the colonial Rhodesian Front. He is currently part of the opposition party, MDC,...
  • Dominic Mhiripiri | March 14th, 2011
    excerpts from a speech made at the 2011 Harvard Africa Business Conference by a Brown engineering freshman student from Kenya. _____   My name is Githiora Thuku and I am from Kenya. I am a graduate of the African Leadership Academy, and currently a...
  • Munashe Shumba | November 8th, 2010
      The last couple of centuries have been a scene of significant cultural exchange among nations around the world. In this exchange, some cultures have been absorbed with remarkable ease and others not. Of the cultural aspects that have been received...
  • Sophie Kainen | March 26th, 2010
    I have always been a bit of a skeptic about microfinance. Actually, I think it’s hard not to be, because the claims are so bold. Its proponents say it empowers women, keeps children in school, improves health outcomes, and will one day eliminate...