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Tanzania’s Women in Resistance

Brielle Morgan Feb. 12 In January I filed a story about resistance to gender-based violence in Tanzania. Reporting the story was a..

March 19, 2014 with 0 Comments

Witnessing mob violence in Dar es Salaam

In Kariakoo everyone’s hustling. The wild, sprawling Dar es Salaam market is the biggest in Tanzania. It’s the kind of place where you..

February 19, 2014 with 3 Comments

Ghana’s Homemade Guns

TAMALE- “Making a gun is very easy. I can do it in short time. Maybe three days.” Abdallah smiles and leans on his workbench. By..

February 16, 2014 with 0 Comments

Lengo: a worthy goal

By: Jared Knoll ARUSHA – Hope can be hard to come by for children in Sub-Saharan Africa, but one Tanzanian man has gone back to his..

February 11, 2014 with 0 Comments

Citizen Journalists in Old Fadama

ACCRA-In a small classroom overlooking Agbogbloshie’s yam market, Timothy Ngenbe leads the class in a journalism workshop. ”Now let us..

February 6, 2014 with 0 Comments

Sister Cities: A Model for Development in Ashaiman

Honourable Ibrahim Baidoo is the Mayor of Ashaiman- a city of over 200,000 people located 30 km outside Accra, Ghana’s capital. Baidoo..

February 1, 2014 with 0 Comments

African youth fight poverty through education

By: Jared Knoll “I believe that this young, brave and educated generation can make change in society and make the world a better..

January 30, 2014 with 1 Comment

Drama for development: Community theatre creating awareness on human rights

ACCRA- Nii Kwartelai Quartey is a student at the University of Ghana, a human rights activist and a playwright. As I sit chatting with him..

January 27, 2014 with 0 Comments

Female students in Ghana find empowerment through entrepreneurship

  At the age of 18 Gloria Buckman Yankson walked into a job interview determined to make a good impression.  Twenty minutes later,..

January 26, 2014 with 0 Comments

Death by numbers

By: Carolyn Thompson and John Van Dusen ACCRA – More Ghanaians die from diseases related to diarrhea than any other cause of death,..

January 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

The Road to Maternal Health

“I have carried uncountable women down the mountain, down to Wli.” Patrick stares at the ground. Remembering the women he and his..

January 15, 2014 with 0 Comments

Crooked scales

By: Carolyn Thompson and John Van Dusen ANKASA – Ghana’s cocoa farmers say purchasers are stealing from them using improperly..

January 14, 2014 with 1 Comment

Fighting gender violence in Dar es Salaam — 16 days and beyond

By: Brielle Morgan DAR ES SALAAM – It’s a delicate thing, asking someone to speak about their experience of gender-based violence...

January 14, 2014 with 1 Comment

The forgotten genocide of the Zanzibar revolution

Wandering through the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Stone Town, past men languidly sipping unfiltered coffee or crowded around a game of..

January 12, 2014 with 3 Comments

Art and environmentalism, haven for local youth

By: Jared Knoll ARUSHA – Environmental pollution is a burgeoning problem in East Africa, from toxic landfills to widespread..

December 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Press Freedom in the East African Community: 2013 Rankings

By Rosella Chibambo

December 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Tanzanian sex workers face violence and stigma

By Rosella Chibambo

December 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Whale carcasses washing up in droves

A growing number of decomposing whale carcasses are washing up along the shores of Ghana. Since August, ten whales have been spotted. That..

December 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Challenges to press freedom in Tanzania: a primer

While Tanzania is not the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist, there are serious, and sometimes deadly, challenges to..

December 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Improving Literacy Rates in Ghana

ADEISO, GHANA – In a dimly lit classroom in Adeiso, a small village in Ghana’s Eastern Region, children wait patiently as they..

December 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Remembering Mandela

ACCRA- The passing of Nelson Mandela last Thursday has evoked tributes from all corners of the earth. From US President Barack Obama to the..

December 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

Tanzania celebrates independence and Madiba

By: Roohi Sahajpal DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzania marked its 52nd Independence Day in Dar es Salaam on Monday with celebrations and a..

December 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Tuesday, the world celebrates Human Rights Day, and the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Click here to see..

December 9, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cost of living in Ghana

December 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tracking Ghana’s media

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA — Ghana’s media landscape is a shell of its former self. Twenty years ago there were only a handful of..

December 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Memories of WWII refugees live on in Tanzania

ARUSHA – On the fringes of a small Tanzanian village called Tengeru lie buried 150 Polish war refugees, who did their best to make a..

November 28, 2013 with 8 Comments

How Tanzania is failing its students

By: Brielle Morgan Every November in Tanzania, hundreds of thousands of Form Four (or Grade Ten) students make millions of tiny pencil..

November 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

Politics and policing are World Cup worries when Ghana faces Egypt in Cairo

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA- With the final African World Cup qualifying match between the Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs set to..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Alternative access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence

By: Rosella Chibambo MWANZA – At a chance meeting in a hotel lounge in Mwanza, a local lawyer had this to say about human rights..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Naval death reinforces need for safety policy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – A naval worker whose life jacket malfunctioned was swept away by strong currents after the life boat he..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Charting government accountability

By: John Van Dusen NKROFUL – A chalkboard with numbers charted like a scoreboard sits outside the district office, the months of the..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tanzanian media seek reprieve in war on press freedom

By: Jared Knoll In this podcast, Jared Knoll interviews several prominent Tanzanian journalists, including Zephania Ubwani, Jonathon Njaidi..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Healing Crusades

ACCRA – Another hot and sultry night in Ghana’s capital. In the city centre, people are gathering at Accra’s Independence Square,..

November 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Citi FM reporter wins award for innovative storytelling

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – Nana Boakye-Yiadom trudged through marshy and flooded fields after more than an hour riding on the..

November 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Child trafficking victims left behind in Tanzania

            By: Roohi Sahajpal Dar es Salaam – I’m greeted at the gate of The Daughters of Mary..

November 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

Ford Nation making waves an ocean away

ACCRA – On a crammed minibus in downtown Accra, a radio announcer is reading a newscast in Twi, one of the local languages in Ghana,..

November 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Rallies for the resurrected line pockets of the pious

By: Jared Knoll Arusha – Pastor Josephat Gwagima is an internationally renowned Christian preacher who holds rallies and markets his..

October 25, 2013 with 0 Comments

The art of poverty

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – In a working class neighbourhood where open sewers reek of feces and vendors sit on rickety stools..

October 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

The right to play in Accra

ACCRA – There are few old people in Ghana. There aren’t many wrinkles to be seen, no grey hair on heads. The streets are teeming..

October 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

The human cost of poaching

By: Jared Knoll  “We will die. My family and I will die. We cannot live without elephants,” said Godfrey Mashaka, a local safari..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental Health in Ghana: Making it Matter

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA – Sitawa Wafula stands in front of a packed room, poised behind the podium, no notes in hand.  The..

October 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

In Old Fadama

By: Jacky Habib ACCRA, GHANA  – On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Citi FM reporter Eugenia Tenkorang and I walk through the streets of..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nowhere to go but the gutter

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA, GHANA – The sound of a flushing toilet is as rare as a quiet morning in some parts of Accra. On a weekend..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Awoonor’s cultural legacy

By Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – Dozens of women in red and black dresses stream through the aisles, with small candles atop their heads..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Beyond the 9 to 5 in an informal economy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – The trotro was full but I didn’t want to wait. It can take half an hour for the minibuses to fill up..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Victims without voice: measuring gender-based violence in schools

By: John Van Dusen Last month Media Rights Trainer John Van Dusen and Radio Gold journalist Adams Issaka covered a release by the NGO Human..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place, GM crops or not?

By: Kristian Jebsen ACCRA – As the international community gears up to commemorate World Food Day on October 16, Ghana is..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Tanzanian CV: The Devil is in the details

By: Brielle Morgan TANZANIA – During a slow morning in the newsroom, Pascal Massae asked me to help him with his CV. The tall,..

October 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tanzanian government bans nation’s largest newspaper

By: Chris Oke DAR ES SALAAM – Yesterday, Tanzanian newspaper stands welcomed back an old friend: Mwananchi newspaper returned from a..

October 12, 2013 with 1 Comment

Human rights activists in Tanzania fight to abolish death penalty

By: Roohi Sahajpal DAR ES SALAAM – Today, human rights activists around the world commemorate the 11th annual World Day Against the..

October 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Corruption: an endemic feature of Tanzanian society

According to a recent survey conducted by Transparency International, one in four people have paid a bribe to a public body in the last..

September 19, 2013 with 0 Comments

When one human right trumps another: Water vs. property rights

Teri Fikowski Imagine two men knock on your door one morning and tell you they are pushing your property line back four meters. No consent,..

September 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Battling the boom in Ghana

Accra is a cacophony of sound. There’s the bone-rattling hum of bass from speaker stacks in churches and drinking spots, and set up for..

September 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

The many faces of Tanzania

The temperature was stifling, as most afternoons in Tanzania tend to be. I looked up for some relief and sure enough the ceiling fan was..

September 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

The Verdict: Ghana’s democracy marches on

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—In Ghana, everyone has been awaiting the Verdict. For roughly three months, live broadcasts of Supreme Court..

September 5, 2013 with 1 Comment

Oh Be the Brave

By Jessica Campbell His name is OB Nartey. But I call him OB the Brave. We were colleagues for two months at Pravda Radio in Accra, Ghana...

September 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Talk show host takes a stand for women in Ghana

by Jocelyn Edwards A celebrity talk show host with a fiercely loyal audience, Gifty Anti might best be described as the Oprah of Ghana. Her..

September 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Inside the Children’s Ward at Accra Psychiatric

  By Jocelyn Edwards I’m just sitting down for an interview in the children’s ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital when the..

July 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

Striking a balance: gender in the classroom

Ghana has made great strides towards gender equality, with significantly increased gender parity in education, more women participating in..

July 11, 2013 with 0 Comments

Cash for coverage: a complex problem in Ghanaian newsrooms

By Nicole Baute When Ransford Tetteh, editor of Ghana’s robust state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper, took questions from a group of..

June 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

By: Jessica Campbell He was a friendly fellow. “Why are you in Accra?” he asked with a smile as we sat next to each other on the..

June 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

Hyena Ground

by Terri Fikowski I’d seen poverty in my first few weeks in Africa.  I mean, who wouldn’t expect to witness some form of..

June 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

On Ghana’s gold, “galamsey” miners and government action

By Iain Marlow ACCRA, GHANA—There’s a lot of gold in Ghana’s hills. Problematically, there’s also a lot of “galamsey.”..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

A modern day Mother Teresa: Tanzania’s Sister Martha

By Adam Bemma ARUSHA, Tanzania – Meet Martha Mganga. She’s a 50-year-old Tanzanian woman with albinism. She’s not afraid to use..

May 21, 2013 with 2 Comments

The rising cost of safe transportation in Dar es Salaam

by Ashley Koen Let me describe for you a typical daily experience using the public transit system in Dar es Salaam. At any given time, any..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

Indigenous art and culture in Arusha

              By Adam Bemma Located inside the historical Arusha Declaration Museum, near the Uhuru..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

National campaign seeks to stamp out corruption

by Nicole Baute We were in Ghana for a few minutes before being asked to pay a bribe. At the Accra airport at night, a bit stunned by the..

May 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

Oral culture thrives in Ghana

By Nicole Baute “I’m talking to you and you don’t give me an answer!” In Accra, this is a big mistake. The woman must have been in..

May 16, 2013 with 0 Comments