Botswana's Elections and the Use of Social Media

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Global Voices Online is reporting how social media is playing a role in the latest parliamentary and council elections in Botswana. While they note that their use of social media tools is behind countries like Nigeria, Uganda, or South Africa, there are promising signs that individuals like journalists and students are using such tools to monitor and report on the ongoing elections. One blogger in particular, Patricia Maganu, notes that: read more.

Conquering a Cruel Continent for a Cause

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TechSoup Global's vice president for Africa David Barnard did. David Barnard has completed six of these grueling races: The Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa (its name is derived from a Tswana word meaning "the great thirst"). What would motivate you to run 150 miles across hottest, driest, windiest, coldest, and sandiest places on Earth? At the end of every day, your legs would be like rubber, and you'd be completely and utterly exhausted.

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Empowering Refugees: Interview with Kjerstin Erickson of FORGE

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After meeting her at the Global Engagement Summer last spring, I knew I wanted to grab her for an interview before she became too famous. The first opportunity that I had to go back was to work in a refugee camp in Botswana. Kjerstin Erickson is one of those people "shiny" people who lights up a room. Erickson founded FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) in 2003 when she was a 20 year-old junior studying public policy at Stanford University.

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Empowering Women Citizen Journalists: An Interview with Cristi Hegranes

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CH: You know it is funny; it actually didn't start out as a women-centered initiative, but the more research I did about creating global training sites and free media enterprises in these developing countries, training women just makes the most sense. Our age ranges in all of our global training sites range from 19 to 56. We have a grand plan; my dad calls it the grand plan for global domination [laughs]. "Now, 18 months later, all of Juana's children are in school.

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