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Quick Hits (Lazy edition)

Lazy, because the links are largely lifted from stuff I put up on twitter [yep, twitter still sucking dry my blogging mojo – it’s like color tv vs. black and white].

Anyway, on to the links:

– African Venture Capital Fellows: Program aimed at promoting venture capital in Africa by educating and training future […]

Mobile Tech for Social Change Camp Nairobi

Date: June 27th, 2009 Location: Strathmore University Time: 10 a.m – 9:00 pm Cost: $15:00 beforehand, Kshs 1,000 at the door Organizers: The geek-chick triumvirate – Juliana (Afromusing), Katrin Verclas, Jessica Colaco

What? # A day-long camp on mobile tech 4 social change at Strathmore University in Nairobi # Will explore mobile tech to advance […]

Techsoup Kenya Launched

From the website: “Techsoup Kenya programme aims to assist NGOs in Kenya by providing software for very low fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners (currently Microsoft), as well as by supporting NGOs to make the most of their ICT purchases and infrastructure.”

Podcast of It’s Our Turn to Eat Reading in Nairobi

As you might know there have been numerous efforts both by Michaela Wrong and others in Kenya to try and circumvent the self-imposed ban that book-sellers in Nairobi have put on the book, It’s Our Turn to Eat.

Among the efforts is a programme called “It’s Our Turn to Read” where readings of the […]

Beyond the Romance of Micro-finance


World Economic Forum, Africa

I’m in Cape Town for the World Economic Forum. I’m a panelist on the Mobile Revolution panel tomorrow afternoon, along with Michael Joseph, Nick Nesbitt (Kencall), and Wolfgang Lehmacher (Geopost). You can catch a livestream of the panels here.

Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to ask/discuss on the panel.


Is Political Reform Possible in Kenya (event in DC)

Roundtable discussion with:

– Martha Karua, Member of Parliament, Kenya – Paul Muite, former Member of Parliament, Kenya – Makau W. Mutua, Dean and Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo Law School

Tuesday, June 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m. B1 Conference Level Room B Center for Strategic and International Studies 1800 K St, NW Washington DC

Africa Diaspora Marketplace

For US-based diaspora folks, your chance to make a difference back home?

“The USAID and Western Union have launched a business-development program that will support U.S.-based African Diaspora in creating plans for sustainable start-up and established businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program will also provide grant funding to 10-20 small-and-medium businesses with the strongest […]