Company Gives Back: Road Trips and Solar Installation in East Africa
A week ago I returned from Africa with many stories to share. I spent ten days of that trip driving through Uganda and Rwanda with 27 employees of Northland Controls, a company that travels to a new destination every two years for what they call the Northland Challenge. I had no idea what I was in for, but it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Learn more about Fund: Solar Challenge, a partnership with [...] READ MORE
Idealist, Cynic, or Realist? Nina Munk’s critique of Jeffrey Sachs’ Millennium Villages
When I heard about Nina Munk’s new book on Jeffrey Sachs’ Millennium Villages Project, I was eager to read it. I’ve kept my ears open for stories of the Millennium Villages since they started in 2006. While I never believed their model of a standard prescription for eradicating poverty in Africa would work, my inner optimist hoped against hope that I was wrong. Over the last few years, I had seen a few articles that showed things were not moving [...] READ MORE
Great African Ideas and Good Coffee
There’s a lot of great things happening in sub-Saharan Africa and we’re seeing more and more positive news in past months as others see it too. It’s been called one of the most strategic parts of the world in several newspapers and a recent New York Times article covers an inspiring idea that came from one Ugandan man who wanted to see his community and nation profit from its rich resources.
Andrew Rugasira started a coffee company in his hometown of [...] READ MORE
Kony 2012–It’s Not That Simple
Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video has been viewed millions of times and pretty much every news source and internationally focused blogger has written about it so you’ve likely heard about it by now. Since it’s about children and Africa, we thought it was important to give you our view too. So yesterday, we gathered in the Firelight offices to sit down and talk about it.
There’s no question the video is powerful and sleek. Invisible Children has chosen a sensational approach [...] READ MORE