Learning to trust the poor

May 22, 2017

Is it wrong to simply give money to the poor? Will giving money turn us into enablers and make the poor entitled? We don’t trust the poor to make the right choices with our money, so we do it for them. This is why it is common for aid to come with rules depending on the giver’s beliefs. But there  is evidence that giving money to the poor empowers them…


Can One Big Idea Transform Africa? What Do You Think?

November 14, 2015

On October 21-23, Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economy, as well as Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Trade and Industry and Governors of Central Banks will join business leaders, academia, investment agencies, civil society and global experts in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the future and transformation of agriculture in Africa.


Time to imagine: From Capitalism to a system of our own

October 4, 2015

  Since the founding of the United States, generations have been inculcated with the belief that capitalism is the only acceptable method of economic organization. Isn’t it time for a radical change of thinking? Critical analysts should have long recognized that the Unites States is a country steeped in cognitive dissonance. How else could the very Founding Fathers who were also holders of enslaved Africans write this in their Declaration…


Africa at heart of UN development summit goals

September 26, 2015

The Summit on Sustainable Development held at the UN General Assembly in New York on 25-27 September will see 193 countries ratify ambitious global goals to end extreme poverty and hunger, address the impact of climate change and reduce inequality by 2030. Africa will be at the heart of the discussions Member states will formally adopt the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 accompanying targets resulting from the largest…


Africa innovations: 15 ideas helping to transform a continent

Su Kahumbu, founder of iCow, is licked by a Jersey-Friesian cross as John Njure, a small-scale dairy farmer from Kamirithu, looks on. Photograph: Martin Storey Martin Storey/Martin Storey
August 29, 2015

A mobile phone database for dairy farmers and a strain of sweet potato that can help fight child blindness. These are just two of the imaginative new ideas that are tackling Africa’s old problems 1. HIPPO WATER ROLLER Idea: The Hippo water roller is a drum that can be rolled on the ground, making it easier for those without access to taps to haul larger amounts of water faster. Problem: Two…


A Woman On A Mission …What One Woman Can Do.

February 14, 2015

OAH magazine has had the good fortune this day to meet a St Lucian mother of three who is carving a reputation for herself in Brooklyn, New York, feeding homeless people, and whose ultimate aim is to  assist with eradicating poverty wherever it exists.


The City Of Gold

June 12, 2014

The City Of Gold The city of gold Has a burning halo Only the elite Walk their gold-paved street I’ve seen a line Crossed paths with death You never hear me criticize But I’m constantly arrested