Mali offers free .ml domain names in Malaysia, hoping for a global presence

21 Feb

Olusegun Ogundeji – Mali is offering its country code top level domain (ccTLD), .ml, to the 20 million Internet users in Malaysia, capitalizing on the popular use of “ML” as an abbreviation for the Southeast Asian nation.
Internet use in French-speaking Mali, in West Africa, has been low. It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and has a high level of illiteracy.  Continue reading

Competition, new rules to spur West African electronic financial services

18 Feb

Olusegun Ogundeji – New regulations, competition and product diversity are likely to help boost digital financial services across the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union countries. Making financial services available and affordable to all segments of the population, especially those excluded by income level, political instability, gender, location, or education, has been a major topic over the past few years in Africa. Continue reading

WPI fellowship for journalists still on

8 Feb

The application period for the 2015 WPI Fellowships is now open. The deadline is February 15, 2015. Selection announcements will be made in May 2015. Please read the information below. The link to the actual application can be found at the bottom of this page. Continue reading

Africa’s first commercial white spaces network offers cheaper Internet in Ghana

7 Feb

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US issues Sierra Leone travel warning

5 Feb

After review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State, on August 14, 2014, ordered the departure of eligible family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown, and issued a Travel Warning advising U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for urgent health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of State modified the status for accompanying family members to allow only adult eligible family members to accompany the principal employee to Embassy Freetown. Continue reading

Pan-African Banks Expansion Could Boost Systemic Risks – IMF Survey

5 Feb

Rapid expansion of cross-border banking in Africa in recent years poses oversight challenges that, if unaddressed, may increase systemic risks, IMF staff said. A recent report noted that pan-African banks have a systemic presence in around 36 countries and are now more important than the continent’s long-established European and American banks. Continue reading

Sierra Leone: Advocating ‘Injury Time’ For President Koroma

5 Feb

By Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop) – Experience has taught me that when the crowd is beating a horse to death, I should stay aback and observe the spectacle. It has also taught me that when the horse is doing its last kicks; I should still be uninvolved. And that it is only wise and safe to flog that horse when it would have been confirmed dead. Continue reading

ACPST Course: Xenophobia in Africa (Scholarships available)

5 Feb

Course description: Xenophobia is becoming a prominent aspect of life in Africa. From Kenya to the Maghreb and across Southern Africa, discrimination against non-nationals, particularly fellow Africans, has been on the rise according to international media reports. Exclusion, based on the idea of being ‘non-native’ has existed in Africa since independence (and was codified during colonialism). Bounded ideas of citizenship have existed in Africa for two centuries, and contemporary xenophobia can be seen as one of the most recent manifestations of this feature. Continue reading

2015 elections in West Africa: turbulent times ahead (ISS)

5 Feb

West Africa is heading towards turbulent times right from the onset of 2015. Citizens in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso are getting ready to go to the polls, in many cases against a backdrop of political instability. Continue reading

International capital one of the main culprits in Africa’s underdevelopment, says Mbeki

5 Feb

As an important part of what might be called his life’s work, the African Renaissance, Thabo Mbeki has striven hard to correct what he regards as the negative and even racist stereotypes about his continent and his people. Continue reading

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