Posts Tagged ‘africa’

Africa’s poor numbers: “The growth and GDP numbers are guesses”

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by iainmarlow | 1 Comment

Across Africa, statistical offices gather and calculate crucial economic data that help guide policy making for their own governments as well as international development agencies. There’s just one problem: The numbers are often guesses — and sometimes flat out wrong.

The technicolour streets of Lagos

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

Welcome to Lagos, Nigeria, where the chaotic streets of the biggest city in Africa’s most populous country pulsate with the energy of an economy on the uptick, a place where anything—including the wildest kinds of corruption—is possible.

Being queer in Kenya

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

It’s not the best time to be gay in East Africa: Everything from homophobic gangs to homophobic legislation are making life unlivable in several African states. Fortunately, at least, it’s getting people to talk.

Part III of Ubuntu: More or less conflict?

Posted on: July 18th, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

In this three-part series, Toronto Review correspondent Sigrun Marie Moss will examine Ubuntu, the meta-philosophy of Sub-Saharan Africa. This third and final installment, examines whether the belief may serve to escalate, rather than decrease, conflict.

In a small Kenyan village, girls are speaking up

Posted on: March 31st, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The program started to convince girls that menstruation wasn’t embarrassing enough to miss school. It grew. Then they started speaking up. Writing poetry about rape. And accusing the teachers. Cynthia Vukets reports.

A Glimpse at a still-torn Rwanda

Posted on: March 30th, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The far from democratic state is still recovering from the 1994 genocide, where as many as one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered. A photo essay by reporter Debra Black.