Post-colonial reflections on “The New Scramble For Africa” (The Economist)

According to a thought piece recently published March 7, 2019 in The Economist,  entitled The New Scramble for Africa, “outside interest” in Africa, it appears, has reached a peak. Here are a few of the reasons why, according to the story: From 2010 to 2016 more than 320 embassies were opened …

How do Western Media Get Africa So Wrong? Taking on the “Hunter”

  There is a traditional East African proverb which states “until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” It is often and aptly used to discuss stereotyping, prejudice and bias from Western and colonial perspectives, especially in media coverage of events in Africa. International news …

Cash aid or Material aid? Autonomy or Control over development?

Tim Costello, picture sourced fro Community Council for Australia Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, shares thought provoking conversation in an ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) Radio National 40 minute podcast: Tim Costello and the lessons of Gandhi.  Tim Costello tells the story of his son’s Birthday party when the cake …

‘The Humanitarian Drone’: Worthwhile innovation or wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Joseph Hing and Rebecca Olul from UNICEF Pacific demonstrating a drone to children on the island of Epi, Vanuatu. The drone will be used to deliver vaccines to remote areas. Photo credit: Jason Chute/Unicef Pacific 2018 saw a continued uptick in the use of Drone technology within the development and humanitarian …

Confessions of a digital immigrant Part 2: Is connecting really easy?

    2019 I wake up, go to the kitchen to have a coffee still three hours to go to work and I would like to go jogging. This week I will work for three different customers as a freelance video editor. I switch on my mobile phone that went …

Can ICT (ironically) influence a thing-oriented society to become a person-oriented society?

    More importantly where, how and by whom was it made? Should every consumer be asking themselves this question? Time pressed and blogging on yet another important issue… Modern slavery “I am convinced that if we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution, we …

Has Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day finally peaked?

Since its inception in 1988, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day has been a mainstay in the calendars of most British households. In theory, Richard Curtis’s original idea of using comedy to highlight issues around extreme poverty seems crass, ill-fitting, even inappropriate and yet over the years it has become one …

Confessions of a digital immigrant – Part 1: The 70s and 80s

– Personal reflections on the development of communication and it’s technology throughout my life – On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the associated discussions about the hopes and visions that this technology would bring with it and the current reflections about the dangers …