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Inspiration International Day of Peace

Act Now: Everybody Has The Right To Peace

Global. Today, September 21st, is the 2014 International Day of Peace. The topic is The Right of Peoples to Peace, reaffirming the United Nations commitment to the UN Declaration which recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights. Here you find some inspiration, how you can become part of today's world wide peace activities. more

Source: United Nations

Perspectives Landmines

Landmine Clearance: The Hero Rats

Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania. A groundbreaking mine clearance project being used in many countries including Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania is winning back land for communities who had been displaced due to the presence of the destructive devices since the country's civil war. more

Source: VICE Magazine

Perspectives Ebola

Ebola – A Cruel Disease. A Doctor Reports From Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone. Benjamin Black is one of the brace medical doctors who are working in the epicentre of the largest ever recorded Ebola epidemic. The London based Obstetrician and Gynaecologist is on his first mission with Doctors without Borders in Sierra Leone. Here is Benjamin's touching report about dying and surviving, about his patients, his motivation, his fears, and about his own family. more

Source: MSF

Perspectives Agriculture

It’s Like Having A New Life

All Africa. Lucy Banda is one of 1.75 million African smallholder farmers, 40 per cent of them women, enrolled in a $180-million five-year programme run by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AGRA was set up in 2006 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Now, its latest report says the scheme is achieving its aims. more

Source: New Scientist

Inspiration Yoga

The Growing Yoga Scene In Kenya

Kenya. From urban centers to rural areas yoga is spreading in Kenya. Until recently yoga was only practised by a small group of expats and south Asian devotees. Now that is changing and the move has been led by The Africa Yoga Project, a non-profit organization founded by American Paige Elenson six years ago. more

Source: The Guardian

Inspiration Globalisation

You Might Have A Pair Of Flip-Flops … Think about it

China, Ethiopia, Global. The Flip-Flop Trail: A Journey Through Globalization's Backroads, the new book by Caroline Knowles, a Professor of Sociology, provides new ways of thinking about globalisation from the vantage point of the shifting landscape crossed by a seemingly ordinary and everyday commodity. more

Source: The Guardian

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Perspectives ICT
By Solveig Rathenow

Alex’ Story

Uganda. Alex Okello spent his childhood hiding from the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) of warlord Joseph Kony. Now Alex is 30 and he works as program manager of a computer centre in his village in Uganda, a real change for him, his friends and the whole community. more

Inspiration Top 100

100 Influential African-Americans

US. Who are today’s standout black leaders, innovators and culture shapers? Who are the most influential African Americans 45 and under? The Root looked back at the year’s most significant moments and themes and asked, “Who made this happen?” What connects the 100 is that they not only standout but also show promise for shaping the future. more

Source: The Root

Inspiration Culture, Lifestyle

Africa Utopia In London

All Africa, UK. Africa Utopia is back to London, looking at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora. The 3-day-festival is looking at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better: How Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, technology, fashion, sustainability and ethical wealth creation. Until Sunday, Sept. 14th at the Southbank Centre. more

Source: Southbank Centre

Inspiration Happy New Year

Melkam Addis Amet, And Enjoy Enkutatash, Dear Friends From Ethiopia. Happy New Year 2007!

Ethiopia. Today people in and from Ethiopia are celebrating the first day of their new year: 1. 1. 2007. TheNewAfrica wishes a happy New Year! Peace, Freedom of Mind, Health, Happiness, Prosperity, Chances and most importantly LOVE to you, your families and friends and to your fellow people all over the world and to your country as well! God bless you. Here you can read the story, why it's today! And enjoy some beautiful photos too. more

Inspiration Politics

UPDATED! Difret, Award Winning Ethiopian Movie Banned In Addis Ababa

Ethiopia. What is the difference between the abduction of a young girl in a village and the “abduction” of a film by a young filmmaker in a capital city? DIFRET is an Amharic language feature film based on a true story of a teenager named Hirut (played by Tizeta Hagere) who is a victim of the inhuman and barbaric practice of “telefa” or abduction of “child brides” in certain parts of Ethiopia. Please find the latest background information here (dated Sept. 9th) more

Source: ECADForum

Inspiration Music

Let The Music Play!

All Africa. Music is essential in every African culture. Thanks to the Internet, everyone can listen to the newest African tunes even abroad. Here is a quick overview about the latest streaming services and music websites from Africa. more

Source: Ventureburn

Inspiration Career

Working Women’s Wisdom

Global. Jessica Kleimann, an American communication expert and Forbes contributor, has collected some good advice from career women. From "You learn as much from doing things wrong as doing things right" to "Be honest and direct" and "Try to minimize the a**holes in your life and career". more

Source: Forbes

Inspiration Design

Moroso Design: Made In Senegal For The Rest Of The World

Italy, Senegal. Patrizia Moroso, Creative Director of the family firm Moroso in Udine/Italy, was one of the first European visionaires, who promoted African art, form, design and craftsmanship. Together with her husband, Senegalese artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, they started the M'Afrique collection, which is now successful in its fifth year. Some of the world's most talented designers are creating beautiful pieces of furniture, inspired by Africa - and entirely produced by local craftsmen in Senegal. more

Source: FAZ (in German)

Perspectives Innovation

The Young Changemakers

All Africa. The top 12 finalists for the 2014 Anzisha Prize have been announced. The competition recognizes and celebrates African entrepreneurs between the age of 15 and 22 who are using business to solve problems in their communities. more

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Events Ebola
Sep 08 – Sep 08, 2014
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia

Livestream: AU Emergency Meeting On Ebola

You're invited to join African Union at their next event: 8 September 2014 @ 10:00 a.m. (GMT+3) - Emergency meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union to consolidate collective continental efforts against Ebola more

Source: AU

Perspectives Tales

No Fun or LOL? Who Needs This?

North Sudan. A white American man travelled to a region between Sudan and Egypt called Bir Tawil and planted a flag there. He renamed it North Sudan, declared it his kingdom, and his daughter is now a "princess". more

Source: This Is Africa

By Dang Phuong

From House Helper To Boss

Integrating business development with social responsibility, Movitel considerably takes part in the sustainable development of Mozambique, in generating nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas. Antonio Edmundo, 23 years old, currently the director of the Movitel’s district center on the island Ilha de Mozambique, is one of them. Just two years ago, he started as a house helper of this business center. more

Source: APO

Perspectives Politics

The Trillion Dollar Scandal. Corruption Kills!

Global. Globally, extreme poverty has been halved in 20 years, and could be virtually wiped out by 2030. But much of the progress that has been made is at risk – not because of natural disasters or new diseases, but because of something far more insidious. Analysis by the ONE Campaign suggests that at least $1 trillion is being taken out of developing countries each year through a web of corrupt activity that involves shady deals for natural resources, the use of anonymous shell companies, money laundering and illegal tax evasion. more


Inspiration Literature

The Poet Who Dreamed of a United Africa

Ghana, Kenya. A year ago this month, gunmen affiliated with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab stormed the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The three-day standoff killed 67 people and wounded many more. Among the victims of the Westgate mall attack was Kofi Awoonor, an elegiac poet who dreamed of a United Africa. more

Source: OZY

Inspiration Future

The Next Step: Three Great Guys From Africa Speak At TEDx Berlin

Germany, Nigeria, South Sudan. As individuals we have the choice to significantly change the world’s course through our decisions and the steps that we take. On Sept 6th at TEDxBerlin renowned speakers will put forward their propositions for the next steps in areas such as healthcare, aviation, arts and culture, energy, cities and more. Read more about the speakers Bisi Alimi and Utibe Effiong from Nigeria and Valentino Achag Deng from South Sudan. more

Source: TEDx Berlin

Perspectives Electronic Waste
By Joost de Kluijver

75,000 Scrap Phones Collected For Recycling

Ghana, Netherlands. Joost de Kluijver, founder of the organization Closing the Loop was on the ground in the surrounding area of Accra, the capital of Ghana, checking the status of their electronic waste recycling project with Fairphone. Here is his report.  Fairphone owners may … more

Source: Fairphone Blog

Perspectives Vocational Training

Facebook Gears Up In Africa

South Africa. The social network will host its first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa. The hackathon is designed especially for young creative designers with under two years of experience. APPLY NOW for the 18th September-workshop in Cape Town. more

Source: Memeburn

Inspiration Culture

The African Opera Village

Burkina Faso. Since five years creativity has sparked new life in a little town called Laongo. Already home to a sculpture garden of granite carvings that narrate its history of art, Laongo is further maturing artistically through a project called Operndorf Afrika. more

Events Award
Sep 12, 2014
Johannesburg , South Africa

The 100.000 US-Dollar – ONE Africa Award 2014

ONE Africa invites applications for the ONE Africa Award 2014. The award celebrates concrete African efforts to drive towards the achievement of the MDGs the world’s blueprint for a better future, ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. more

Source: ONE Africa

Inspiration Culture

Celebrating Afropunk In Brooklyn

US. The Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, New York, celebrates the African presence in the American punk scene. It has become the platform for young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. more

Source: Africanprintinfashion