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What would you do if you won the $1.6 billion lottery? Save the lions?

October 26th, 2018

Talk in the United States and in other countries has focused on what the recent winner of the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history will do with the money.  How […]

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Redesigning African Student Thinking to Solve African Problems

July 29th, 2016

Think innovative startups are the domain of Silicon Valley and other “high tech” areas in the United States? How about Ashesi University near Accra, Ghana?  Since Ashesi began offering a […]

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Empowering Women Artisans In Africa: It’s Not Just a Basket

May 6th, 2016

It looks like a basket—a beautiful blue basket.  But don’t be fooled–it’s food, electricity and school fees for a family in Rwanda.  It’s a mother’s hope for her children’s future. […]

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African Moms Escape Poverty with their Children in Tow

February 24th, 2016

As the sole provider for her family, Daate Inyakh of northern Kenya once struggled to feed her six daughters. She was one of the ultra-poor women living in drought-threatened arid […]

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Is it Possible to “Graduate” from Poverty? New Research Says Yes

June 3rd, 2015

In a world where extreme poverty seems insurmountable, it is refreshing to be part of an alliance of organizations that are effectively making a difference in the lives of people […]

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As the Ebola Crisis Eases, What’s Next in West Africa?

February 18th, 2015

U.S. troops aiding the Ebola emergency in Liberia are leaving. In that country, the number of new cases of Ebola has dropped from 1,000 a week, when the crisis was […]

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African Farmers are Creating Forest Gardens and “Planting it Forward”

August 22nd, 2014

In arid and degraded areas of Sub Saharan Africa, farmers who were barely able to provide for their families are now creating abundant forest gardens and “planting it forward” as […]

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A Taste of Life and Development in Kenya on the National Mall

July 1st, 2014

Where in the United States can you sample traditional Swahili dishes, learn about living and working with African wildlife, view art converted from waste materials and get your groove on […]

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Development Done Right—How a Donated Bicycle in Africa Led to a Thriving Business Africa Needs

February 25th, 2014

Think supporting development means giving hand outs?  Think again.  Done right, development means giving a hand up. One of the best examples is World Bicycle Relief’s recently established Buffalo Bikes […]

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Despite Some Discouraging Headlines, Things in Africa are Actually Looking Up

February 19th, 2014

Recent headlines on the tragic violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan and continued fighting in Mali revive for some the stereotypical view that Sub Saharan Africa will […]

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Will President Obama Find a Rising Africa on his Upcoming Trip?

June 24th, 2013

As U.S. President Barack Obama and his family head out to Sub Saharan Africa this week, they will find a continent many thoughtful economists believe is on the rise. A […]

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Looking to a Brighter Future in Africa

January 3rd, 2012

When thinking about Africa, the facts that come to mind are often not good. Most Africans live on less than $2 a day. The average life span in many countries […]

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