In Case You Missed It: 2/1/2016 – 2/7/2016

By Raevyn Goates on February 8, 2016

Mosquitoes, such as this Aedes aegypti, are the primary carriers of the Zika virus.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, social media falls for a polygamy hoax, the WHO urges Africans to be vigilant about the Zika virus, and Zimbabwe declares a state of disaster over drought.

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Mosquitoes, such as this Aedes aegypti, are the primary carriers of the Zika virus.

Social Media Falls for Eritrea’s Forced Polygamy Hoax

It’s no secret that people on social media sometimes have difficulty telling a fake news story from a real one.

Last week, the Standard, a Kenyan news company, claimed on their website that the Eritrean government had recently passed a law requiring all men to have at least two wives.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/25/16 – 2/2/16

By George Bamu on February 2, 2016

Electricity grid-transmission lines
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Electricity grid-transmission lines

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, U.S. Commerce Secretary undertakes a fact-finding mission to Nigeria and Rwanda, Congress passes Electrify Africa Act, and Power Africa outlines a roadmap for the future.

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Visits Nigeria and Rwanda on Fact-Finding Mission

U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker visited Nigeria, January 25, and Rwanda, January 27, in what was termed a fact-finding mission to both countries.

We’re told the Secretary’s delegation comprised of senior members of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).…

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NGO’s reaching out to DU students and the community

By George Bamu on January 27, 2016

Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20
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Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20

Within the many cities that make up the Denver metro area, it is common to find nonprofit organizations aka non-governmental organizations or NGO’s dotted all over the map.

These organizations traverse the vast international development landscape of Colorado. They are involved in activities in sometimes very remote and dangerous places in Asia, the African continent and Latin America.

For good or for bad–they are called NGO’s for a reason. They provide a special service to the communities in which they operate. …

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In Case You Missed It: 1/18/16 – 1/24/16

By Raevyn Goates on January 25, 2016

Yoza Ugandan Born Laundry Services App
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Yoza is a new app that provides laundry services in Uganda.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, a new app reinvents laundry in Uganda, and Sierra Leone’s abortion bill faces a setback.

  1. New App Acts As “Uber” For Laundry

Yoza is a new company that connects people looking for help with their laundry to those offering help.

The company was founded by 24-year-old Solomon Kitumba of Kampala, Uganda, according to CNN. Because laundry is usually done by hand, it can be time consuming and difficult.…

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