When I was a girl, I wanted a horse, sooooo bad. Every Christmas, every birthday, I had but one request.
“Please, Dad, I just want a horse.”
“There are no horses on pig farms,” my father would flatly respond.
But maybe my cowgirl dreams have finally come true. Because now…this farmer’s daughter is working for the cowboys.…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 21, 2012 at 8:30am —
- A new American initiative to improve the notoriously poor LGBT rights in sub-Saharan Africa is reportedly inspiring a large backlash. Sub-Saharan Africa is marked by widespread homophobia as well as chronic dependence on foreign aid, in particular from the US, and the idea that the two issues might now be linked seems…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 13, 2012 at 7:11pm —
- A lawyers group claim that police arrested a carpenter on Wednesday who questioned whether Zimbabwe’s President still had the strength to blow up balloons at his 88th birthday celebrations, under a law making it an offense to insult the President.
- The top UN envoy to Libya expressed…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on March 6, 2012 at 9:09pm —
- Experts say the increasing trend of illicit financial flows are posing a great threat to Africa’s fragile growth as they pump back more dollars to developed countries than those send to poor African states.
- The Open Society Media Program released background papers earlier this month on Mapping Digital…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2012 at 8:07pm —
- The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has just launched a new book on election management in West Africa.
- The African Union Chairman announced on Saturday he will visit some of the continent’s conflict areas including Sudan, South Sudan, Mali and Libya for…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 21, 2012 at 7:58pm —
- The UN and Interpol discussedtransnational organized crime in West Africa, including illicit drug trafficking and the proliferation of illegal arms, as well maritime piracy in Lyon, France on Monday.
- An anti-homosexuality bill is being once again resurrected by the Parliament in Uganda with…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 14, 2012 at 8:20pm —
- The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) will be launching its new book, “Election Dispute Management Practice Guide for West Africa” on February 14th, 2012 at the Grand Mensvic Hotel, in East Legon, Accra, Ghana at 9am. The keynote speech at the launch will be delivered by Sierra Leone’s Chair of the Electoral…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 7, 2012 at 10:13pm —
Weh Yeoh of whydev.org argues that everything that we do in international development is about selling a message. But how do we convince people when a message goes against the grain of what they already believe?
Read on at: http://www.how-matters.org/2012/02/07/change-the-messenger/…
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 7, 2012 at 7:00pm —
- The African Union summit in Addis Ababa ended in deadlock after the group failed to chose a new chairman for the executive commission. A new election was then scheduled to be held in June or July, though they managed to elect President Boni Yayi of Benin as the new…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on January 31, 2012 at 10:19pm —
Hello, hope all is well!
This week’s conflict reports will be a little thinner than usual, as I have been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple days and haven’t been reading as extensively as normal. Please be sure to add anything I have missed in the comments below or send via email to email@example.com.
Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 20, 2011 at 7:58pm —
- Transparency International’s new report concluded that police forces in eastern Africa are perceived as the most corrupt body among the six institutions surveyed; the police, judiciary, customs, registry and permit services, land services, medical services, tax revenue, utilities and education systems. According to the report, 54% of people surveyed reported to have paid a bribe in the past year.
Added by Rebecca Sargent on December 13, 2011 at 7:38pm —
Added by Dzikamai Bere on December 9, 2011 at 1:27am —
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On 12 May 2011, a German court convicted John Demjanjuk and sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment. Demjanjuk is a 91 year old man who served the Nazi as a security guard at one of the concentration camps. He was charged as an accessory to 28 060 murders. The legal battle that saw his conviction lasted 30 years.
Of the verdict, Rosenbaum, the Justice Department official who led Demjanjuk's prosecution, said, "It serves notice on all human rights violators that the passage of time will… Continue
Added by Dzikamai Bere on August 18, 2011 at 5:11pm —
Samuel Maruta of the Southern Institute of Peace-building and Development (SIPD)
from Ruwa, Zimbabwe has conducted research about the role of community-based organizations (CBOs) in community development and the nature of their operating environment. He points to the need for a paradigm shift among development actors in favor of CBOs, and for CBOs to build their capacities in critical areas of… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 6, 2011 at 4:30pm —
The storm that has devastated Japan is hardly past. But as charities appeal and the public offers up their support, I cannot help but think of the three friends in southern Africa,… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 18, 2011 at 8:55am —
Posting this report from Organization X
in Zimbabwe and asking my readers, “Would YOU fund this organization?” was about one thing for me:
We all have them. Yet I find as aid workers and do-gooders, we don’t get nearly enough opportunities to surface them.
The fact that I would have to examine my own assumptions and explain how they’ve transformed over the… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 11, 2011 at 1:23pm —
A few years ago, when I was working with a foundation that gives grants to organizations working with children and families affected by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, I received a report from a Zimbabwean grantee, which you can read for yourself on how-matters.org. In determining whether to give them a second small grant, aside from the original proposal and financial report, this was all I had to go on. They… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on February 25, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Harare, 2002. The word came. Cash is in the banks. The three colleagues I was standing near at the time and I quickly jumped in the car to get downtown to Standard Chartered as soon as possible.
It was my first “real job” in the development sector after graduate school. I knew enough to know how little I knew, and little else.
The conversation in the car from the office to Nelson Mandela Avenue inevitably turned to the growing inequality between our corporate aid agency… Continue
Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 17, 2011 at 8:27pm —
- Are women in war-torn countries faring any better today than they did a decade ago? The UNFPA's 2010 State of World Population report, released on Wednesday attempted to answer this question inconclusively. The report suggests taking a broader look at the relationships between women and conflict, paying special attention to the…
Added by Rebecca Sargent on October 22, 2010 at 6:25pm —