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Top 10 sources of news and comment on Africa in 2011

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Cape Coast Kids. cc Eliza Anyangwe

It is undeniable that the media is the mirror through which we look at ourselves and the lens through which we see the world around us. Whether it is broadcast, print or digital, the media is second only to first-hand experience, in shaping our world view.

Yet so much of the media is devoid of international reporting and that little that exists is often a vacuous repetition of tired stereotypes. The popularity of the New Yorker’s post on the top ten positive stories about Africa in 2011 confirms that there is plenty of appetite for something other than the Western media’s mantra of death, destitution and desperation in Africa.

So as 2011 makes way for 2012, I set myself the challenge of finding 10 media sources that have bucked these trends and pursued, to varying degrees, a more inclusive and balanced policy on reporting Africa. You will certainly think highly of others that haven’t made the list, so add to the comments those who’ve most impressed you with their coverage of Africa and developing world issues. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Eliza

December 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Week one of Carbon Fast – the importance of being ernest

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CC Ian Britton, Freefotouk

I have long been a supporter of Tearfund: posting in campaign cards, obediently – if infrequently – praying about poverty, corruption and poor governance and buying adorable trinkets I have no use for whatsoever from their ethical gifts site.

So when I was asked to join in the Carbon Fast over lent, I leapt at the opportunity – both to populate my new blog and to finally take concrete steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

In my mind it seemed easy enough to take up the challenge to do small acts that would help reduce your carbon footprint: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eliza

March 17, 2011 at 8:06 am