At a political rally of November 2015, the then Presidential Yoweri Museveni of Uganda promised to provide free sanitary pads to schoolgirls if elected. He argued that girls should not have to miss school because they cannot access sanitary pads. Naturally there was a lot of excitement amongst those of us with an interest in menstrual hygiene when Museveni won the … [Read more...] about Uganda: There is no money for sanitary pads
African diaspora love their heritage countries and most send support in various forms to their families that remained behind. Most send money and it has been noted that remittances to Africa have surpassed Western aid Beyond sending money, Africans in the diaspora have setup various networks to address issues impacting entire communities back home by mobilising resources and … [Read more...] about The power of African Diaspora networks
Over a month ago now, Britain voted to leave the European Union and the unintended consequences are gradually becoming apparent We now have a new government in place whose biggest challenge is to follow through the will of the people by taking the country out of the EU , whilst the Labour Party, the main opposition political party in the UK is tearing itself apart as it seeks … [Read more...] about Brexit- unintended consequesences for international development
Britain is going to the polls on June 23 to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union (EU) and the question that I would like us to consider today is what would happen to the Africa-EU relationship in the event of a #BREXIT? How will a #BREXIT impact the Africa-EU relationship? This question matters because, the relationship between Africa and the EU is as old as … [Read more...] about Should Britain’s former colonies in Africa worry about #BREXIT?
On April 1, I stumbled upon an article in Vice on a newly launched academic journal about Somalia. That an academic journal had been launched didn’t seem to be news in itself but the author took exception to the fact that a journal about Somalia did not have a single Somali voice. As far as the author of the article is concerned, this is yet another case of White Privilege in … [Read more...] about What do we mean by White Privilege?