Africa

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Youth in Nairobi: Technology and Education

by Guest blogger

This blog was produced by Cherie Enns.  She is an educator (University of the Fraser Valley) and urban planner (Cherie Enns Consulting), who first moved to Kenya in 1970.  It is high time we stopped viewing our young people as part of the problem and started cultivating their promise and potential. Let us all resolve to […]

Top four conferences in international development this week

by Michelle Dupuis

This week is an incredibly busy week for our readers interested in development cooperation and the contribution that the private sector can make to global challenges facing the poorest nations of the world.  Below is a list of events/conferences taking place that we recommend: 1. The African Development Bank annual meeting (May 27 – 31, […]

Reinventing the toilet to help developing nations

by Guest blogger

This blog post was produced by Jason Gerhard, an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Restoration at Western University.  Dr. Gerhard leads research into soil and groundwater remediation, with applications in urban sustainability and sanitation. I have worked for more than 15 years in the remediation of sites contaminated […]

Information and Communications Technologies and their Promise for Development Education

by Guest blogger

This blog post was written by Iain Macdonald, a CCIB Solutions associate.  Iain Macdonald runs an industry training and capacity-building centre at The University of British Columbia, and has sixteen years of experience in the creation and delivery of training, education and capacity-building solutions in Canadian and international contexts. As a consultant, he has worked […]

Top 10 news items about CIDA – DFAIT merger

by Michelle Dupuis

For our followers who are looking for a summary of reactions on the CIDA-DFAIT merger, here are a few of the most important articles that we have read on this topic.  The articles cover all ranges of opinions, positive, critical and ambivalent.  Despite this broad range of reaction, the one thing everyone can agree on […]

Technology and social change. Kenya leads the way to mobile money.

by Fernando Alfaro

There has not been one day that I have not been amazed and excited about technology innovations. The world as we know is changing faster than we can manage. When I say the world, I mean the whole world.  Beyond smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, etc; emerging and creating new markets in developed countries, technology innovation […]

CSR and International Development – a new paradigm?

by Tim Newson

The Cadbury chocolate brand name is well-known around the world. The company sells in excess of 300 million chocolate bars annually in the UK and Ireland alone. In 2009, as part of their ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), Cadbury began a fairtrade initiative with 48,000 cocoa growers in Ghana. Through the farmer-owned cocoa growing co-operative Kuapa […]