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An approach to global aid where all are treated as equalsAn approach to global aid where all are treated as equals

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By Lisa Katayama In a developed country where the dialogue around human rights is very charity-minded, it’s rare to find young people with visions of engaging rural farmers in developing countries as equals. That’s why Tokyo native Doga Makiura stands out. When Doga was 13, he left his home in Japan and enrolled himself in […]

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My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in NairobiMy City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

Posted By Helen Walters

Juliana Rotich was not expecting our interview to end in tears. Neither was I. But on reflection, we were both completely ok with it. After all, that’s what happens when terrorism becomes personal. For Rotich, that happened at the end of September, when al Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall in the northwestern part of […]

Business

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and […]

Global Issues

Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it meansFurther reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Posted By Alex Gallafent

In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and […]

Culture

The moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson UramaThe moon’s path is full of thorns: Fellows Friday with Johnson Urama

Posted By Karen Eng

Nigerian astronomer Johnson Urama wants to promote the future of astronomy in Africa by looking deep into history. With his African Cultural Astronomy Project, he is gathering the lost ancient astronomical traditions and stories of indigenous Africa, hoping to show modern Africans that the science of the skies is relevant to their past, present and future. […]

Global Issues

Why Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continentWhy Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continent

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In today’s talk, economist Charles Robertson turns up the heat on an idea that’s been simmering for several years: that Africa is seeing rapid economic growth. Looking at statistics and at the precedents set by China and India, Robertson brings this idea to a full boil, saying that economists haven’t been nearly optimistic enough in […]

Art

Embodying Sankofa: 5 African artists influenced by historyEmbodying Sankofa: 5 African artists influenced by history

Posted By Elizabeth Jacobs

Zimbabwean designer Saki Mafundikwa has a powerful vision for the future of African art. As the founder of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIWA), Mafundikwa is working to bring African art back to its roots. ZIWA, the first school of graphic design in Zimbabwe, and one of the first schools to emphasize the use […]

Global Issues

Andrew Mwenda on progress in AfricaAndrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Want to see real innovation? Check out Africa: Toby Shapshak at TEDGlobal 2013Want to see real innovation? Check out Africa: Toby Shapshak at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Helen Walters

The publisher and editor of the South African edition of Stuff magazine, Toby Shapshak is here to challenge our perceptions of his home continent. First, he asks us, who bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card on arriving in Edinburgh? Hands wave. “You’re using African technology,” he says proudly. “‘Pay-as-you-go’ was an idea pioneered in Africa by Vodacom […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Forces of Change: The speakers in session 9 of TEDGlobal 2013Forces of Change: The speakers in session 9 of TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

In George Ayittey’s classic TED Talk from 2007, he describes two factions in Africa toggling for control — the “hippo generation,” the ruling elites riddled with corruption and inaction, and the “cheetah generation,” the fast-moving entrepreneurial leaders with the ability to create change. This session — guest hosted by TED Fellows Adrian Hong (who works […]