Never on the slippery slopes of Naguru Hill

It is about 6.30pm and I am waiting for Daudi Karungi outside his gallery Afriart. Afriart is located near Kira Rd Police Station at the bottom of Naguru Hill. According to the gossip in town, in the late 90s – early 2000s Naguru Hill used to be a site frequently toured by top politicians in … Continue reading

Education with IT: Of course we will get there

Kigali day 3: When the project labour began for the laying of the optic fibre cables many people wondered why prioritize this. In a country where the poverty level in 2005 was 56,7% and with a and low electricity penetration of only 9% how could it make any sense to start wiring up the country? … Continue reading

Democratic or non-democratic – good service delivery builds a loyal customer base

Kigali day 2. Interview with Minister of Finance Mr. John Rwangombwa, a tall, no-nonsense looking man who has worked at all levels in Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and knows the system inside out. I have sent my questions in advance to the Minister, and we have hardly sat down in his office before … Continue reading

Out of the loop if not on M-Pesa

Nairobi day 5: It’s very easy to feel very old fashioned and totally out of the loop if one is not using M-Pesa, mobile money.Everyone uses it. Electricity bills and school fees are paid with M-Pesa, so are taxis and tickets for a performance. At the markets, whether you want to pay for tomatoes, maize, carrots or … Continue reading

Local solutions to local challenges

Nairobi day 3: In 1996 Charles Onyango-Obbo wrote a sharp profile of former Danish Prime Minster Mr. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. Charles was in Copenhagen to participate in the Images of Africa festival and the profile was for Jyllands-Posten. I did PR for the festival – and after reading his profile I became an instant admirer … Continue reading

Fra bonde til marked: kenyanske IT-kvinder skaber forbindelsen

U-landsnyt.dk 13. juni 2011. Stribevis af mellemhandlere og gate-keepers er medvirkende til at kenyanske småbønder har svært ved at afsætte deres afgrøder til en rimelig pris. Derfor har tre kvindelige nørder udviklet M-Farm, som skaber direkte forbindelse mellem bønderne og deres marked. “Hvis danskerne gerne vil støtte Afrika, så behøver de altså ikke give os … Continue reading