Civilization 2.0

I have read several views and columns on Web 2.0. But you may wonder what Civilization 2.0 is - and what development or opportunities it holds - at least in the Tanzanian context, since we know that the concept explores harmony and collaboration to engage in sustainable solutions in tackling the ever-problematic issues of climate change and increasing population with depleting resource allocation.

Well, to best answer that, it holds nothing but misery. Yes! It does. 

New Corruption Report for Tanzania

Tanzania experienced a high tide in corruption levels this year compared to last year, according to new findings of a corruption perception survey (CPS) released recently by Concern for Development Initiatives in Africa (ForDIA). The report indicated an increasing level of corruption, with the average level of corruption in the country described as over 50 per cent.

World Bank Releases Draft Africa Strategy

The World Bank recently released a Draft Strategy for “Africa’s future” and a surprise package is that the usually-gloomy foreign-aid financier take a refreshingly upbeat, contrarian view of the effect of climate change on African agriculture.

The World Bank envisions a series of sensible adaptations to climate change in the area of improved water usage, soil-health practices and management

Corruption in Kenya

Adapted from The World Bank - Africa

On October 26, we learned that Kenya’s rank in Transparency Interational's Corruption Perceptions Index dropped seven places since 2009. Kenya now ranks 154 out of 178 countries—well below most of its EAC neighbors. But how bad is it, in fact? Will the new Constitution do anything to make the situation better?

In Kenya, no one seriously doubts that corruption is a key constraint to greater growth and prosperity. 

Back from the "layoff"

Hello to Everybody!

It has been a testing tide for me personally, during the last 2 - 3 months. A pressing health issue laid me down, and had to seek medical treatment abroad. 

I shall be fully active with ever-zestful posts concerning the continent and the world as well, once regaining my full physical strength to deliver new posts. 

It is my sincere hope that this blog continues to build awareness on continental and global issues, to shape a "better" Africa!

How to Write about Africa

Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar', 'Masai', 'Zulu', 'Zambezi', 'Congo', 'Nile', 'Big', 'Sky', 'Shadow', 'Drum', 'Sun' or 'Bygone'. Also useful are words such as 'Guerrillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'. Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while 'The People' means black Africans.

A Nation of Failed Promises

This piece appeared in one of Tanzania's leading daily's. I thought to share the failed vision of Tanzanian leaders, and their defiance in bailing the country out of slumber. Indeed, as the saying goes, "To change something, one needs to change oneself", and that sadly does not seem to be the order of the day in our potential-wrecked Tanzania. 

A new ship after 15 years of failed promises

Rwanda's democracy is still the model for Africa

An interesting piece in the Financial Times by Rwandan President - Paul Kagame. Commendable work done by President Kagame, but the critical part remains in the next 7 years during which significant voices of opinion and dissent will be aired in the Rwandan political scene, which Kagame has to see off rather tactfully. More so, the period of transition too will test his diplomacy and so called label of "authoritarian" rule which the Western media tends to paste.