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Seven Reasons Congress Should Be Watching Saturday’s Elections in Nigeria

by Mike Jobbins on March 26, 2015

This article first appeared in The Hill on March 26th, 2015. You were horrified by the news of the 300 kidnapped girls taken from their school by Boko Haram. You’ve heard violent attacks in Nigeria before. You know Nigeria is located in Africa somewhere. But with everything going […]

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Our Rapid Response to Violent Conflict

by Vanessa Corlazzoli on March 16, 2015

Violent conflict is not static. While changing political, social, economic and cultural circumstances impact its dynamics in the long run, more immediate events – a sudden change in local leadership, a series of protests, an accident, or even the passing of the seasons – impress a new direction […]

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Former Anti-Balaka Officials End Violence in Bangui

by Search for Common Ground on March 9, 2015

Hervé Yombo and Roger Ouabiro were active members of one of the Central African Republic’s most violent militia groups. For nine long days in October 2014, they found themselves at a crossroads when a wave of violence arose throughout the country’s capital, Bangui. Members of the Christian radical […]

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#teXchange Nairobi 2015, where digital technology meets social change

by Bryan Weiner on February 25, 2015

“Can’t they raise chickens?” Dr. Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Technology, asked this question to an eager audience at Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica. “Today all eggs come from France. People in the Congo are walking barefoot, without jobs. Can’t they raise chickens? Why […]

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Back home, Emmanuel becomes a radio producer

by Otanya Egbe on February 17, 2015

Youth in the Niger-Delta region suffered the consequences of turmoil and unrest in their cities and villages. Many joined different militant factions, directly entering the fight. Others had to escape, unsure of when they would come back. Emmanuel is part of the latter category. When the conditions worsened, he […]

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One Boy’s Radio Appeal

by Search for Common Ground on February 13, 2015

Meet Tuo. 14-year-old Tuo Amara lives in Duékoué, a city in the western Côte d’Ivoire. The 2010 political elections added kindle to growing animosity between differing religions, political parties, and ethnic groups in the area. After the vote, violence erupted in Duékoué. The Duékoué massacres resulted in the […]

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FrontlineSMS signals new era for women in media

by Gabrielle Solanet on February 12, 2015

We need women in peacebuilding and social development—pure and simple. Their perspectives and experience make up half of a functioning society. However, women’s participation in media remains low. In too many areas, women’s public opinions are so stifled that their views on critical issues are absent from the […]