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Culture May 2012

Music – Folila

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  Followers of World Music have known Amadou and Mariam for over a decade, before they became popular in France and, later, in the rest of Europe. Their single Je pense à toi was a hit on French radio, and their album Dimanche à Bamako was well received throughout the old continent. Amadou and Mariam are in their…

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East Africa – The changing face of pastoralism

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  Pastoralist groups have controlled the savannahs of East Africa for centuries. These are arid and semi-arid lands that cannot easily be used for agriculture, but do sustain grazing. Besides, until the early XX century, the population of the region was small, allowing for great swathe of land to remain unoccupied. Demographic changes and the…

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Madagascar – Feast of life and death

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  In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that share language and culture. They live in a arid land, where agriculture cannot thrive, and so they developed an economy based on husbandry. They also developed an interesting relationship with death and the deceased. The Bara claim that death…

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DR Congo – Bye Bye, Gorilla

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  UNESCO director Irina Bokova received in March “worrying information” concerning the resumption of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park by Soco International. Similar concern was expressed on March 28 by the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during his meeting with President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. José Endundo, the Congolese Minister of Environment who…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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