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Stepping Down as Ushahidi Executive Director

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:38:45 +0000

It is almost 3 years to the day that I sent out a plea to Kenyan bloggers and techies to help me build what would become Ushahidi.

Since then it has been a crazy ride…from producing an incredible open source platform and working towards scale, to building and working with an incredibly talented team, to [...]

And yet another post on women in tech

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:58:02 +0000

The recent “Women in Tech” (disaster) panel at Techcrunch reminded me of a long overdue post I’ve been wanting to write on the absence-of- women-in-tech debate that’s being doing the rounds over the last few months.

Part of it revolves around the far too common prevalence of all (white) male panels/speakers at top tech [...]

On Greece and the Kenyan economy (well sort of)

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:35:34 +0000

I’ve just finished reading a fascinating article in Open Democracy about the collapse of the Greek economy and what it will take to fix it. While Greece and Kenya are fundamentally different countries, I was struck by how well the author unpacked the underlying dysfunction of Greece as a country and an economy and how [...]

Those with Nothing?

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 09:42:08 +0000

So I was busy admiring the photographs taken by Jessica Hilltout in the NYTimes that are part of her book, Amen, where she explores “grassroots soccer” where “the beautiful game exists in its purest form” when something about the article that accompanied the images bothered me.

At first, I was like there you [...]

On Loving Football

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 10:52:01 +0000

If you’ve been following my tweets lately you can tell that World Cup fever has set in for me. And it’s not just because I’m living in Johannesburg.

I’ve had a long love affair with football thanks to my late father. You see I was *the* quintessential daddy’s girl (in many ways I’ve [...]

ICC sees African Women Counsel

Fri, 21 May 2010 07:24:14 +0000

[please share]

Last week the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Bar Association (IBA) jointly launched a six-month campaign to increase the number of women lawyers authorised to represent defendants or victims at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In this first phase the campaign will focus on African countries.

To date, women [...]

Kwani Call for Submissions – The Africa I Live In

Tue, 18 May 2010 07:00:44 +0000

Kwani Trust invites you to submit short stories of between 3000-8000 WORDS, that focus on Africa and the experiences of African people, with a particular focus on Africans born after 1978. The theme of the call out is ‘THE AFRICA I LIVE IN’. Published authors will be paid a fee of $100.

If you are [...]

African Entrepreneurs You Should Know

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:08:22 +0000

I spent the last few days at the World Economic Forum Africa in Dar-es-Salaam. The larger plenary sessions mainly comprised of platitudes and a restating of the challenges facing Africa – I think the format just doesn’t allow for anything else. The smaller sessions I managed to attend were interesting, as in past WEF conferences [...]

Survey: Africa in Higher Education

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:37:07 +0000

Dear KP readers, please help out Natasha, a University of Cape Town Ph.D. student conducting survey on African Studies/ Africana / Diaspora / Carribbean Studies in institutions of higher education. She is seeking undergraduate, postgraduate, and recent graduate responses to simple 10-question survey:

For further information, you can contact Natasha at

On Kibera, flying toilets and poop.

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:59:42 +0000

I have been wanting to write this for a while now. Especially after I read about Peepoo: a biodegradable plastic bag that acts as a single-use toilet for urban slums in the developing world. Inspired by the ever ubiquitous Kibera flying toilets.

Now my post is not about the benefits (or idiocy) of Peepoo, [...]