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Nancholi Youth Organization Video

During the month of May I organized a video workshop with Malawi Instute of journalism students. This video was filmed and edited  with..

July 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

Secret Women

In Chichewa, the widely-spoken language of southern Malawi, being pregnant or “kunkhala ndi pakati” translates to being in the middle..

June 29, 2012

Take it slow, my Canadian friend.

I’ll never forget my first day in a Malawian newsroom. I came in eager, ready to utilize countless hours of preparation and training done..

June 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Revamping the Malawi Police Service

“I was detained, in jail for 7 days for no reason,” said Comfort Chitseko, who was arrested by Malawi police in October for allegedly..

June 26, 2012

Empowering Malawian women one seed at a time

Across Malawi, 5000 women have been trained by Annie Bonomali, a mother of six who’s been involved in making products such as soap, jam..

June 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

“Mind the gap” – The crippling impact of HIV/AIDS on family composition and elderly Malawians

The old “respect your elders” adage has customarily been an important part of Malawian culture, with the elderly able to depend on the..

June 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

When beggars should be choosers – How the promise of remuneration is heading off freedom of movement and free choice of employment in Malawi

Not long after cutting their teeth, North American children are encouraged to call forward their dreams and consider the question, “What..

June 17, 2012

Driving change in Malawi – Signposts and speed bumps on the road to gender equality

With two hands gripping the steering wheel and the right turn signal flashing, 21-year-old Vanessa Nsona’s concentration does not waver..

June 15, 2012 with 1 Comment

Experiencing the “real” Malawi: A media development journey in Nancholi.

  A month ago I was approached by George Nedi, projects coordinator at the Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO), to produce a short..

June 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

"Meating" halfway – The growing importance of soy in Malawi

Skewered meat sizzles on kickstand grills along the main M1 highway, a whole pig is slaughtered in an open-air butcher’s market shack, a..

June 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

“Meating” halfway – The growing importance of soy in Malawi

Skewered meat sizzles on kickstand grills along the main M1 highway, a whole pig is slaughtered in an open-air butcher’s market shack, a..

June 2, 2012 with 0 Comments

Remodel to rehabilitate – The need for mental health aftercare and rehabilitation treatment in Malawi

A build or remodel is not typically what the doctor ordered to stave off chronic stress and depression; the process risks construction..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Understanding the link between gender and climate change

When I met 16-year-old Chikondi Phiri, she was struggling to lift a weighty load of firewood on top of her head. I offered her a helping..

May 29, 2012 with 0 Comments

Queuing for treatment: “In Malawi if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you die”

Being one of the 24 countries with no radiotherapy machine and limited access to medications, Malawi’s health care system has very little..

May 28, 2012 with 0 Comments

Firsthand research and experience with the Malawian health care system

“Take a deep breath. Another one, and one more…” Those were the last words I heard before I couldn’t fight the anesthetic anymore..

May 23, 2012 with 1 Comment

Fighting for the front page: The challenges of environmental reporting in Malawi

In Malawi, parliamentary proceedings and political scandals dominate the headlines and radio waves.  Whether it is a mere press conference..

May 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

How Malawi will remember late president Bingu Wa Mutharika

The flag flies at half mast outside Malawi’s parliament building where thousands of civilians have braved long line-ups in smoldering hot..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Children in Malawi run away due to lack of food

Co-written with Sibongele Zgambo from Zodiak Broadcasting Station  Its 10 p.m. in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, and the nighttime vultures..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s fisherman more likely to catch HIV: Reports

Ronald Gomo, 37, is a fisherman who would rather live alone than associate with the other fishermen who reside on the shorelines of..

May 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malawi recognizes World Malaria Day

It’s April 25 and 12 year old Blessings Phiri traveled, by foot for hours from his village to sit in the waiting room of Kamuzu Central..

May 8, 2012 with 0 Comments

The future of press freedom in Malawi

Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s newest president on April 7 under the terms of the constitution, following two days of political..

May 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

World Press Freedom Day event reveals media freedom in Malawi has a new landscape

Media freedom in Malawi has been commonly deplored, but amidst the political transition that brought Malawi its first female head of state..

May 5, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s motion pictures to contribute to economic development?

“Very few people look at the film industry as a business here in Malawi”, said Shemu Joyah, the director of the film Seasons of a life,..

May 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Rural Malawi’s inaccessibility to oral healthcare

Isaac Muralaudira is 8 years old and has never visited a dentist. He suffers from periodontal disease and tooth decay. “His gums are..

April 25, 2012 with 1 Comment

Money lending sparks new-found rights for women in Malawi

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but in Nkalo village it grows near one. In the centre of the village a tree has become the site of new..

April 16, 2012 with 0 Comments

Exploitation of Malawi’s tobacco tenants

Eletina Mwale has worked on several tobacco estates since 1985. Currently, she works on a tobacco farm in Salima, Malawi. “I have been in..

March 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

Victims of Malawi’s bloody protest speak

July 21, 2011 was an unruly day in Lumbadzi, Malawi – a violent protest paraded through the streets. While some citizens were using the..

March 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

The children of Zion Bata

The children of Kachitsa Village, a small village of 1,000 in the northern outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi, are adamant about their religious..

March 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Radio waves inspire change in Malawi

Violet Banda is not your average 21-year-old. A poised, confident and outspoken child rights activist, Banda personifies the power of radio..

March 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Linking farmers to markets one SMS at a time

For smallholder farmers across Malawi, crop production is merely half of the battle. The real challenge comes postharvest, when the race..

March 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

The road to abolishing Malawi's death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

The road to abolishing Malawi’s death row

Malawi’s Legal Aid volunteers sift through a pile of files of those on death row. They are doing everything they can to abolish the death..

March 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

In Malawi when 'Life' gets tough, it gets banned

Saturday night in Blantyre and the drinks are flowing at Mustang Sally’s, a fluorescent bar with a swimming pool centerpiece frequented..

March 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

In Malawi when ‘Life’ gets tough, it gets banned

Saturday night in Blantyre and the drinks are flowing at Mustang Sally’s, a fluorescent bar with a swimming pool centerpiece frequented..

March 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Collateral damage: Police report policy delays treatment for accident victims in Malawian emergency rooms

You’ve been in an accident in Malawi – where do you go?  If you said the emergency department you could be wrong. A few months ago my..

March 4, 2012 with 1 Comment

Miss Real African beauty pageant: A women empowerment controversy

“A real African woman has to be a big, full figured, confident and responsible woman.” This is what pageant coordinator Florence..

February 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Hospital overcrowding a 'time bomb' in Ghana

“This was a time bomb waiting to happen.” That’s what Dr. Philip Amoo had to say after three children died following a bacteria..

February 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Hospital overcrowding a ‘time bomb’ in Ghana

“This was a time bomb waiting to happen.” That’s what Dr. Philip Amoo had to say after three children died following a bacteria..

February 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Teachers in over crowded schools on strike for unpaid ‘double-shift’ wages

LILONGWE, Malawi – Primary schools in Lilongwe are over their capacity. There are not enough classrooms to seat 8,000 or more students..

February 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

Not skirting around the issue: Malawian women take on gender norms

Three thousand women were leaping out of their seats and waving their hands in the air amidst a chorus of cheers. A continuous line of..

February 7, 2012 with 0 Comments

Justice Adjourned

As the first-ever judiciary strike in Malawi enters its fourth week, the doors to over 200 courts remain closed and justice has generally..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Health & Fuel: A follow up on Malawi’s shortage impact on health services.

The inaccessibility of oil in Malawi causes a considerable slowdown in regard to the overall productivity of the country. While hospitals..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Health & Fuel: A follow up on Malawi’s shortage impact on health services.

The inaccessibility of oil in Malawi causes a considerable slowdown in regard to the overall productivity of the country. While hospitals..

February 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

The street vendor’s motto: “Freedom is bought by blood”

Lilongwe street vendors have been headlining Malawi media for quite some time and it doesn’t look like their name will be out of the news..

February 5, 2012 with 1 Comment

Developing energy-saving lights and solar lights to improve standard of living in Malawi’s cities and rural areas

“The lights are back on? Lets celebrate!” It’s become the common expression for us after moving to Malawi a couple of weeks ago...

February 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fueling up without queuing up: Thoughts on the future of social media in Malawi

After three years of living with chronic petrol shortages, most Malawians have developed strategies for fueling up without queuing up...

February 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Fuel hunting in Malawi

“There is fuel in Monkey Bay!” a text message reads. A game of telephone quickly transpires. “Get there quick! No queues! Will be out..

January 31, 2012 with 1 Comment

“It’s God’s will” isn’t good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

“It’s God’s will” isn't good enough

The electricity had been out for 24 hours where I was staying in Namiwawa, Blantyre, either due to the heavy seasonal rains or the theft of..

January 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

In Malawi, child rape is a tough case

A doctor recently told me he sees an average of 20-25 cases of child sexual abuse a month referred to his hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. I..

December 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Fuel scarcity fuels corruption in Malawi

It’s a Thursday afternoon and the thermometer is about to hit 40 degrees. Taxi driver Mike Msindira, 32, is sweaty, exasperated, but..

December 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Chronic fuel shortages keep Malawians talking

One theme runs through conversations in Malawi more than any other: the topic of fuel – and a lack thereof.

December 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

In the fight against malaria, it’s not just about mosquito nets

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in October that nearly a third of all countries affected by malaria are on the path of..

December 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

This mountain I’m climbing down

As I sat in Toronto’s Pearson airport five months ago getting ready to board the first of three flights to Malawi, I got an email..

December 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

This mountain I'm climbing down

As I sat in Toronto’s Pearson airport five months ago getting ready to board the first of three flights to Malawi, I got an email..

December 15, 2011 with 0 Comments

Food insecurity continues to plague Malawi

Much like kimchi is to Koreans, or tortillas are to Mexicans, nsima is to Malawians. Nsima is a thick, starchy porridge made from corn,..

December 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dumping grounds fast becoming residential areas – but without the clean-up

By Nina Lex, Timothy Banda, Arthur Cola Mvuta, and Glitter Ndovi A garbage filled river outside Blantyre’s main market. Photo by Nina..

December 12, 2011 with 1 Comment

Malawi prepares for climate change

Charcoal producers in rural Malawi understand that their work hurts the environment, but they argue that poverty leaves them little choice..

December 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Dignitas reports a model for progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Malawi

When Montreal’s Dr. James Orbinski visited a hospital in Zomba District, Malawi, in 2004, he was taken back. “It was a living hell,”..

December 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s informal economy keeps social security services out of reach

Millions of people in Malawi are employed outside of the formal economy, and often lack social security benefits such as pension plans.

November 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi's informal economy keeps social security services out of reach

Millions of people in Malawi are employed outside of the formal economy, and often lack social security benefits such as pension plans.

November 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

The elephant in the room

I started the day by losing my phone. We hadn’t been over the Botswana border 5 minutes when from the back seat of our safari jeep I..

November 6, 2011 with 0 Comments

Lake of Stars music festival “the biggest and best so far”

Just last month, the shores of Lake Malawi filled with thousands of barefooted festival-goers from around world as the eighth annual Lake..

November 3, 2011 with 1 Comment

Suicide and shame in Malawi

As I walked to work, the headlines of Malawi’s daily papers caught my eye: “Poly Student Commits Suicide.” I stopped mid-step,..

October 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s vaccines controversy

The topic of immunization is often controversial – but in Malawi, it can be deadly as parents refuse their children access to vaccines...

October 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Blantyre Market rebuilds with bricks (and a note on negativity)

This simple story of perseverance, self-reliance, and, ultimately, success, isn’t the kind of thing you read about in international..

October 17, 2011

Just winging it: a Canadian Thanksgiving in Malawi

Thanksgiving is arguably my favourite holiday. My mum roasts a turkey with all the fixings and my dad pours the wine, while my sister and I..

October 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

What’s missing in Malawian political cartoons: critical views and a bit of sophistication

Hazwel Kunyenje is a political cartoonist who has spent more than 15 years illustrating articles, editorials and short stories for one of..

October 13, 2011 with 0 Comments

What’s yours is mine: property grabbing in Malawi

By Ali Schofield, with contributions from Mphatso Mwanvani, Ivory Kalemera and Clement Msiska Imagine you are a woman whose husband has..

October 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi abandons tobacco for crop diversification (and food security)

This past season, Henry Tambula saw his farm narrowly avoid financial ruin. “I’ve grown tobacco for 25 years,” he said on the..

October 10, 2011

Big aspirations, small budgets – and disenfranchised mental patients

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health problems are already the fourth leading cause of the global health burden,..

September 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

The story behind Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda’s dedication to women’s empowerment

A favourite inspirational story I’ve enjoyed since arriving in southern Africa is that of Malawi’s vice president, Joyce Banda, and..

September 18, 2011 with 0 Comments

God’s word in Malawi

In Malawi, God’s word is everywhere. Minibuses have “Fear God” scrolled across their hoods, salons signs are painted with “God is..

September 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s economic crunch hits the media hard

Employees of The Daily Times and other BP&P papers have been laid off as Malawi faces economic difficulties.

September 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi street kids work through struggles with HIV and AIDS

Many Malawian children orphaned and HIV-positive struggle to keep themselves on complicated ARV drug regiments without older family members..

September 7, 2011 with 0 Comments

From the mouths of Malawians

From my past travel experiences I’ve learned that the best way to ease the stress that culture shock can bring is to first tackle the..

September 5, 2011 with 1 Comment

Canadian-African poets proclaim the power of spoken word in southern Africa

On the mainstage at the Bushfire Festival in Ezulwini, Swaziland, Canadian-African spoken word artists D’bi Young and Croc E Moses..

September 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi’s Vice President speaks out about protests

Seated on the porch of her state residence in Blantyre, Malawi’s first female Vice President, Joyce  Banda, wraps a thick, white shawl..

August 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

Theatre for the common good

Overwhelmed by the heat in her house, a Malawian mother moves the charcoal fire she is cooking on from her kitchen to the yard. Leaving the..

August 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

Accidental recycling in Malawi

Take a look around Malawi's Blantyre Market and in nearly every direction, you'll see that people have repurposed and are reusing objects..

August 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

For Malawi NGOs, tough times only getting tougher

Today there is a perfect storm working against NGO funding in Malawi.

August 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

South African indie makes waves

Text by Sarah Feldbloom South African indie music has rarely crossed the ocean to North America’s mass markets – but the genre is..

August 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

South African indie makes waves

Text by Sarah Feldbloom South African indie music has rarely crossed the ocean to North America’s mass markets – but the genre is..

August 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

Flash from the past

Behind a set of imposing wooden doors and in a building teeming with antiquity, lies an invaluable collection of historical documents:..

August 12, 2011 with 0 Comments

Transforming arms into art in Mozambique

At the world-renowned artist studio Núcleo de Arte in Maputo, Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos recalls a childhood robbed by military..

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

Children denied medical treatment in lieu of prayer

By Rhodes Msonkho and Denis Calnan Interpretations of the Bible are keeping some parents in Malawi from accessing medical treatment for..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

Transforming arms into art in Mozambique

At the world-renowned artist studio Núcleo de Arte in Maputo, Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos recalls a childhood robbed by military..

August 9, 2011 with 0 Comments

Abuse of police powers exposes ineffectiveness of reform training

By Jane Kaonga and Denis Calnan Maclean Panje scrolls through photos of his nephew, 27-year-old Emmanuel Kafele, on his cell phone. The..

August 6, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawian protesters wanted their say – and didn’t get it

Amid July 20's broken windows, gunshots, and thick plumes of teargas, important issues were lost.

August 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi: reverting back to dictatorial roots?

I arrived in Malawi three weeks ago – just in time to see ‘the warm heart of Africa’ break into chaos. Violent protests swept..

August 3, 2011 with 0 Comments

Student radio program debuts on MIJ FM

On July 3, 2011, Neighborhood Watch, a student-run radio show, was proudly launched on MIJ FM in Blantyre. The bilingual (English-Chichewa)..

August 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Books to bucks: Literary culture in Malawi

For Malawian authors and their readers, maintaining a literary culture in Malawi is important. “It’s about the need to revere our own..

July 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

Jhr partner Theresa Chapulapula on Malawi’s media clampdown

Text and video by Sarah Berman In January 2011, Malawi amended Section 46 of its penal code to limit freedom of the press. The new..

July 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Jhr partner Theresa Chapulapula on Malawi's media clampdown

Text and video by Sarah Berman In January 2011, Malawi amended Section 46 of its penal code to limit freedom of the press. The new..

July 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

MIJ students visit youth rights group

On March 23 2011, five journalism students from the Malawi Institute of Journalism visited a youth center run by Active Youth in Social..

July 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

Talent Show for Human Rights

In front of the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), two parents prevent their child from going to school. While the child is consumed in..

June 30, 2011 with 0 Comments

The birth of Insight: Malawi’s premier human rights program

In January 2011, jhr intern Denis Calnan set off to Malawi for a six-month internship placement at Capital radio in Blantyre. When he..

June 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

The birth of Insight: Malawi's premier human rights program

In January 2011, jhr intern Denis Calnan set off to Malawi for a six-month internship placement at Capital radio in Blantyre. When he..

June 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

Women in the Star newsroom

Text by Jenny Vaughan, audio by Sarah Feldbloom Female empowerment is a funny thing. You cannot see it, touch it, smell it or hear it. But..

June 27, 2011 with 0 Comments
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