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Open source is smashing the paradigm of how information and communications technology (ICT) benefits are delivered to Africans. In the past 40 years, ICT has made minimal impact on the lives of 90% of the people living in Africa because they didn't fit the Western models of how benefits should be delivered to them. It failed to adapt to support the way of life it found, seeking rather to hope that Africa would 'catch up' to the rest of the world.

The point of departure for the 9th conference of SSIA is the dispersal of Somali speaking people beyond the boundaries of the Republic of Somalia that collapsed as a state in 1991. Somali people have always lived beyond the territory of the Republic of Somalia, especially in the neighbouring states of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Additionally, the Ogaden war (1977-1979), and the Civil Wars from 1988 and up till today caused millions of Somalis to flee and migrate throughout the region of the...read more

The London-based CBCAfricaRecruit has published results of an online survey it conducted into the African diaspora’s resources and skills.

Recent and more detailed analysis of the 2001 British Census data has thrown up a few surprises. Perhaps most striking of all has been the rise of the number of “Black African” (a term used by the Census) people living in London. Currently, at 378,933 people, “Black Africans” make up some 5% of the London population (and have now overtaken “Black Caribbean” people to take position behind Indians as the second largest ethnic minority group in London). The “Black African” group is set to be ...read more

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