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Trying to look on the bright side of colonialism

There has been a big flap this week about an article published in Third World Quarterly entitled ‘The Case for Colonialism’ by Bruce Gilley at Portland State University. The controversy seemingly revolves around how the article was published by the journal’s editor despite having been rejected by its reviewers, i.e. a violation of the peer review process. But, of course, the complaints are not purely about the process of the paper coming to light: after all, the author is arguing that colonialism was largely a good thing, and we should have more of it. There would be much less political buzz if the journal’s editor had, over the objections of reviewers, approved a paper called ‘The Case Against Colonialism.’As for the paper itself, it is something of a train wreck, and there is a strong case for thinking the reviewers (whose reviews are apparently under lock and key) were right

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ABCA 2017 Roundup: The latest research on agriculture in Africa

This post is joint with Niklas Buehren and Muthoni Ngatia You can find the entire conference schedule here.  In the summaries below we link to papers and videos (where applicable).    

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Innovation: the key to an economic revolution in Africa

An automated medicine dispensing system. A novel vaccine for a disease that disproportionately affects African infants. A low-cost device to prevent mothers dying during childbirth. This is what Africa-led innovation looks like. And it’s on the rise, at a fast pace, creating opportunities and homegrown solutions like never before.

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The latest research in economics on Africa: The CSAE round-up

This post is a joint production with contributions from Niklas Buehren, Aletheia Donald, Michael O’Sullivan, Sreelakshmi Papineni, and Julia Vaillant.

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Field Report: Supporting WASH and Health with Mobile in DR Congo

Background: NCA in Congo Norwegian Church Aid has operated for years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with work focuses that include supporting WASH and health. For the past week, staff of NCA in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, underwent a training class designed to introduce them to mobile data collection, broadcast SMS messaging, and data visualization. The class was composed of more than 20 seasoned workers from the region –  all working on issues of community support, water and sanitation, and health. The NCA website describes the work: Our programme in DRC focuses on clean water and safe hygiene for internally displaced people, prevention of sexual violence and restoring those who have been affected by it, and to bring people that have been kidnapped as a child and misused as soliders back to a normal and healthy life. The Training The training emphasized mobile data collection using the Magpi mobile application for Android, but an introduction was also included into data collection by SMS and by IVR (voice).

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From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Response

Authors: Jennie Harris, Kimberley Fox March 16, 2017 Kim Fox In December 2015, a yellow fever outbreak started in Angola and quickly spread within the country and to its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Laboratory testing confirmed 962 cases, but there were thousands of suspected cases, making this the largest reported outbreak in 30 years. A critical aspect to yellow fever outbreak response is vaccination campaigns in the affected areas. One dose of yellow fever vaccine is capable of providing lifelong protection. Thus the World Health Organization (WHO) keeps a stockpile of 6 million yellow fever vaccine doses for outbreak response

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Into Africa: A transnational history of Catholic medical missions and social change


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African Leaders Endorse Addis Declaration On Immunization At Summit

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Groundbreaking Declaration on Immunization Signed by African Heads of State Diane Scott, senior communications officer with the Gates Foundation, writes, “Late last month, African Heads of State gathered at the 28th Summit of the African Union to sign the Addis Declaration on Immunization (ADI) — an historic agreement…More

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Groundbreaking Declaration on Immunization Signed by African Heads of State

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G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting In Germany Will Discuss Fighting Poverty In Africa

Reuters: G20 foreign ministers to tackle fight against poverty in Africa “G20 foreign ministers will discuss ways to fight poverty in Africa, strengthen governmental institutions, and better utilize the potential of many African countries, German ministry officials said on the eve of a two-day meeting in Bonn…” (Shalal, 2/15).

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‘Substantive’ U.S.-Africa Partnerships Could Help ‘Make America Great Again’ In Africa

The Hill: ‘Make America Great Again’ in Africa Rosa Whitaker, CEO and president of the Whitaker Group “…[H]ow might President Trump ‘Make America First Again’ in Africa? It starts with the recognition that the recent decline in U.S. influence was not inevitable and is only reversible by prioritizing economic engagement over social policies and aid.…More

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African Governments Should Commit To Scaling-Up National HPV Immunization Programs

CNBC Africa: Op-Ed: Africa is now in serious danger of sleepwalking into a cancer crisis Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Currently 266,000 women die horrible deaths [from cervical cancer] every year — one every two minutes — of which 87 percent are in low- and middle-income countries, with the eight highest…More

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PLOS Blog Explores Recent Yellow Fever Outbreaks In Africa, Brazil

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Yellow Fever Global Whack-a-Mole Peter Hotez and Serap Aksoy, editors in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, discuss the recent rise in vector-borne neglected tropical diseases, focusing on the recent outbreaks of yellow fever in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazil (2/2).

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