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NGOs and development in Africa: Lessons for donors

March 5, 2014

This story was published by Reuters on March 3, 2014.


An aerial view of Nyaoga village in Western Kenya reveals a vast savannah of short trees, lush grass and occasional hills. Rectangular mud-thatched huts, with iron sheet roofs dot the horizon. Villagers from a distance seem to be tilling small pieces of land, roaming into different homesteads and going about daily activities.

Nyaoga, located along the shores of Lake Victoria, is a predominantly fishing community.

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In Kenya, U.S. aid groups focus their efforts

June 19, 2012

Tess Vigeland: Drought and war in the Horn of Africa have left a wide swath of the population there homeless and hungry. The United Nations says some 11 million people need aid to survive. Many of those displaced have headed to Kenya, which itself has deep economic problems. But for all the international aid Kenya has received over the last 30 years, life expectancy there has actually shortened and poverty rates are unchanged.

Mary Stucky reports.

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Kenyan Singer Nina Ogot Inspired by Nairobi Youth

June 18, 2012

Kenyan singer Nina Ogot tells reporter Mary Stucky about her new musical inspiration: working with young people who live on the streets of Nairobi.

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Optimism about Journalism in 2012

January 3, 2012

In a world that is more interconnected than ever before, there is no substitute for original, informed, unbiased reporting.   It’s hard work and requires smart, knowledgeable, courageous journalists immersed in the cultures where they are reporting.  Their stories are important to all of us — not just in the “developed world,” but especially to an audience in the countries about which they are reporting.

Many of the best of those journalists were born and raised in the countries where they are working.  They’ve received diplomas from the world’s finest academic institutions (ie Columbia University’s famed journalism masters from which graduates increasingly return to work in their home countries) and training through organizations like the International Center for Journalists,

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Meet Journalist Sarah Ooko

November 14, 2011

A big reason for the excellence of our East African coverage is Sarah Ooko, 27, a freelance journalist based in Nairobi. As a frequent contributor to The EastAfrican, Ooko’s stories are read throughout the region. When not reporting, she works at the Kenyan Alliance of Health and Science Reporters under another of her mentors, the Knight Health Fellow Rachel Jones. The work Ooko produced for Round Earth Media in partnership with Mary Stucky will be broadcast on NPR and other media outlets in the weeks to come.

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