Spark’s Start-up Competition: A chance to win 10k & start your business

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Do you live in a conflict-affected country or a fragile state? Do you have a business idea or an existing business under 1 year old that can contribute to rebuilding or supporting your local community? SPARK has arranged a startup competition for you and is offering the chance to win up to €10,000.00 to get your business idea started.

The Danger of a Single Story

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By: FREDERIEK VEENENBOS

His two big brown eyes are staring at me. A tiny fly is buzzing around his ear. His breathing is fast and his stomach swollen. A voiceover introduces me to Jon, or little Jon, as they call him. A two-year-old boy suffering from severe malnutrition. Seeing the advertisement from Save The Children on television again caught me by surprise.

My Motherland [poem]

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By: DEBBY N.J NDJADILA

[TED Talk] Is Africa’s future online? 

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By: Siyanda Mohutsiwa 

#IfAfricaWasABar 

Dr. Mukwege

A light in Congo’s darkness: Dr. Denis Mukwege

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While the population desperately wishes for the first peaceful transition of power in the country’s history, another violent overturn of Congo’s regime seems inevitable. During these fragile months – militias are formed and violence intensifies – the Congolese dr. Denis Mukwege is seen as a beacon of hope in Congo’s darkness.

[TEST] – How well do you know the global development facts?

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Earlier this year, The Bright Continent paid tribute to Hans Rosling, a statistics ‘whizkid’ who passed away in February.

The inclusive effect of mobile banking in Tanzania

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As an early adopter in the mobile banking industry, doubling mobile money transactions between 2013 and 2015, Tanzania has slowly evolved into a competitive market over the last decade.

Africa’s leadership: short-termism – our bane, our cross to bear? [Column]

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South Africa is in turmoil, raging fires have engulfed Africa’s most advanced economy. All thanks to the ruling ANC’s blundering leadership and failure to read the modern economy.

‘The A-Z of Africa’ [Column]

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George C Kimble stated that, ‘The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it’.

Bright slides – Daily life in and around Abuja

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Through her work, Nigerian photographer Etinosa Osayimwen hopes to create impact and contribute to a slightly better world. Get carried away by some of her breathtaking pictures. 

‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ [Column]

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‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ is what famous musicians brotherly sang, referring to the many hungry Africans, living their hopeless lives on the ‘dark continent’.

Women in North West Cameroon create social impact by funding each other’s projects.

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Men and women in various communities of North West Cameroon, come together in what they call ‘Njangi groups’.

[Report] The Sentry – How the South Sudanese elite makes a fortune while making a famine

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In an investigative report, shared with The Bright Continent earlier this week, investigators thoroughly describe how the continuous atrocities and suffering in South Sudan, are rather beneficial for an army general who illustrates the corrupted and bad (political) leadership in world’s youngest country.

[Interview] Three questions for Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

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Earlier this month, The Bright Continent spoke with Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen about the combination of trade and aid in one Ministry, the pros and cons of development cooperation, and youth unemployment in Africa. 

Restoring hope through football

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Short documentary – Poverty of Perception

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A short documentary by Stefan Hunt, which beautifully exposes our misconception about ‘poverty’ among traditional African tribes, like the San in Southern Africa.

Mo Ibrahim, a billionaire who awards excellent leadership in Africa

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The British-Sudanese billionaire and entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, annually awards an African statesman for excellent leadership and good governance. Unfortunately, the prize has not been awarded since 2014 due to a lack of excelling candidates.

Get carried away by West Africa’s beauty

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[Book review] Love, relationships and sex in a country marked by its history of division

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An interview with Dutch correspondent and author Niels Posthumus, about his recently published book ‘Liefdes verdriet’ (heartbreak/Love’s sadness), concerning love and relationships in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Africa is not a country

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How a lack of education shatters the dreams of internally displaced children in Nigeria

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The government’s lack of long-term insights, will irreversibly rebound on the sustainable development of Nigeria.

How bright is the life of a Somali refugee in Trumpland?

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A conversation with Aden Hassan Tarah from Somalia, who happened to be reassigned to the ‘Land of the Free,’ just before Donald Trump was elected president.

Why Nigeria should invest in its leaders of tomorrow

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Youth involvement is an indispensable aspect of developing societies, but unfortunately, often neglected by senior policymakers. 

Nigeria and its ever-resilient citizens

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“If you can survive in Nigeria, you can survive in any part of the world.” 

WHO scales up its efforts to counter malaria

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On the eve of World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced it will intensify its efforts to prevent malaria. 

Virunga: A ‘Gallic’ and persistent park in eastern Congo

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Learn more about Africa’s oldest national park and its brave rangers, who risk their lives for the preservation of one of world’s most magical eco-systems. 

[EVENT REPORT] ‘Making Africa Work’ – Building bridges and connecting entrepreneurs

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An inspiring afternoon during which the passion and ambition of a diverse group of entrepreneurs, coaches and speakers, was nearly tangible.

‘Constructive Journalism does not sugarcoat the news from Africa’ – Cathrine Gyldensted

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An interview with former correspondent and founder of ‘Constructive Journalism, Cathrine Gyldensted

Les Amazones d’Afrique – A funky feminist collective

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Les Amazones d’Afrique is a collective of ten female performers, made up of international stars, local legends and upcoming talents.

Hunger as a cause of death – What is a famine?

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Currently, a devastating famine causes the suffering of over 20 million people in the Horn of Africa, South Sudan, Nigeria an Yemen. 

Hans Rosling: A statistics ‘whizkid’ who forced us to look differently at Africa

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This month, the Swedish tropical doctor and professor International Public Health, Hans Rosling passed away.

Slight optimism among Somalis after the election of president Farmajo

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Somalia’s former prime-minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, remarkably won the presidential elections.

Closure of Dadaab, world’s largest refugee camp, reversed

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Today the news reached us that the plans of the Kenyan government to close the world’s largest refugee camp, are reversed by a Kenyan court.

Congolese population mourns over the loss of ‘eternal’ opposition leader Tshisekedi

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Yesterday the face of Congolese opposition, Etienne Tshisekedi, died in Brussels at the age of 84.

Ubuntu – an African philosophy about humanity and interconnectedness

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‘I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am’

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[DUTCH] Column: We weten niet meer wat empathie is

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A column I wrote several months ago, during the siege of Aleppo, Syria.  

Diplomatic collaboration between ECOWAS-members prevents Gambian bloodshed

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After several exicting and nerve-wracking weeks in western Africa, former president Yahya Jammeh, from the Gambia, eventually decided to withdraw from office.

Obama’s legacy in Africa

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After eight years, Barack Obama has left the Oval Office and the global political arena.

‘This picture shows the general misconception between Europe and Africa’

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Supported by this photo, Bram Vermeulen – a Dutch correspondent and documentary filmmaker –  illustrated what is, according to him, the general misunderstanding between the European Union (EU) and African countries.

Europe vs. Africa: The refugee double standard

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We only speak of a crisis when refugees and migrants wash up the shores of ‘Fort Europe.’

The Piano Guys & Alex Boye – Peponi

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In 2012, The Piano Guys  rewrote Coldplay’s song called ‘Paradise.’ 

PEPONI – A Swahili word for paradise or peace. A good place.

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Poverty, violence, famines and war. Just a few words often mentioned in one breath with Africa.