by Ruth Aine - 01 May 2016
When it comes to financial systems in Africa, we can all agree on a couple of things. The most important being that Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, is leading in regards to mobile money. The banks are adapting, the people have adapted and so have the telecom companies.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 16:07
by Nirmala Nair - Director: School of Practical Sustainability - 04 April 2016
As Sustainability discourses become a buzz word, a household topic, it has become more confusing - removed from ordinary people’s perspective.
Yet the very essence of sustainability lies in its simplicity, and its accessibility to any lay person.
We are living in an extremely specialized world where the simple stuff is often forgotten. The way of commonsense is pushed aside for an apparently more sophisticated product approach to life - like the organic insect spray in a fancy plastic bottle instead of the good old garlic-chili mixture, and marigolds and companion planting to maintain insect free veggie patches.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2016 12:48
by Ruth Aine - 01 March 2016
The World Government Summit took place in the United Arab Emirates on 8-10 February 2016. Presented for the fourth time, this was the first time it opened up to the rest of the world. The theme of this event was “The Future of Governments”. I was obviously thrilled to be a part of such an interesting and unique conversation. Unique, because we don’t hear of governments, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, being the champions of change, apart from Rwanda of course, which has been amazingly exemplary.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2016 15:41
by Ruth Aine - 01 February 2016
A few months ago I visited South Africa and stayed at a B&B in Melville, a really cool place, small and cozy. I loved it.
I was there for about five days. On the second last day there was a water shortage. In the past year South Africa, more so Johannesburg, have been experiencing water and power shortages.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:25
by Ruth Aine - 01 January 2016
I live in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. The city is relatively fast-paced as any city could be. My mother lives and works up country but once in a while she will visit or rather come to see how the home is ‘faring’. She was home recently and I noticed something. We have cooking gas in the house as it’s fast, safe and easy to use to cook with. The price for the smallest gas canister I would say were ‘manageable’ but those have increased in the recent past due to the strengthening of the dollar against the weakening Ugandan shilling. However, my mother, an accomplished lady in her own right, will insist on lighting a charcoal stove and use it to cook while around. Her argument – it is cheaper. Charcoal is cheaper than gas. Also reminds me of how my grandmother has never agreed to use a charcoal stove but would rather use firewood to cook. Her argument – firewood cooks faster – and I must admit grandmama’s food tastes better with the aroma of firewood.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 January 2016 13:08