2016 – A playlist

My latest playlist is a compilation of albums and singles of interest that came out in 2016. Featuring Elza Soares, Laura Mvula, Esperanza Spalding, Islam Chipsy, Acid Arab, Andy Shauf, Kadhja Bonnet, Charles X, Black Motion, Childish Gambino, Solange, Lion Babe, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Yussef Kamaal and many more.

Listen on Spotify.

Kenya : le secteur privé de plus en plus présent dans les camps de réfugiés

Jeune Afrique, 21 décembre 2016 (dans le cadre du projet Refugee Economics) — Parce que, dans les camps de réfugiés, l’ONU et les ONG ne peuvent pas tout, le secteur privé est de plus en plus appelé à la rescousse. Une véritable aubaine !

Au commencement, un constat : celui de l’insuffisance des ressources des agences de l’ONU face à la multiplication des crises humanitaires. Au Kenya, l’incapacité du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) à subvenir aux besoins des centaines de milliers de personnes qui ont, depuis des années, trouvé refuge dans les camps de Dadaab ou de Kakuma illustre à elle seule les limites du modèle économique de l’aide internationale.

Une collaboration des ONG avec les acteurs privés

Il a fallu réduire les coûts, travailler à l’autonomisation des réfugiés et, surtout, déléguer à des opérateurs privés, alléchés par un marché en friche mais prometteur. C’est ainsi qu’à Kakuma le PAM a fait appel au géant kényan de la téléphonie, Safaricom, pour la mise en place d’un service qui remplace une partie des traditionnelles rations alimentaires par des bons électroniques qu’il est possible d’échanger chez certains vendeurs agréés.

Lire la suite de cet article sur le site de Jeune Afrique.

A photo of a Congolese woman refugee entrepreneur

Introducing Refugee Economics

My work as a freelancer has changed quite a bit over the past year. Thanks to a generous grant from the European Journalism Centre’s Innovation in Development Reporting grant programme, I’ve been able to work on a long-term project investigating the economic dimension of refugee crises.

Last Spring I headed to Uganda and Kenya, which both hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and natural disasters in East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. I’ve met with dozens of refugees living in cities and camps. We talked about how they manage to survive with little humanitarian assistance, and about the businesses and social initiatives they’ve been able to launch.

Among them is Alice (pictured here), a Congolese refugee living in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, who was able to launch a textile business that has grown to include over 30 employees, both Ugandans and refugees. In the camp of Kakuma, in northeastern Kenya, I chatted with Mesfin, an Ethiopian refugee who has built a significant wholesale business that has become crucial to the economic life of the camp. These are just some of the surprising and non-conventional stories I was able to collect.

For more information on the project, head to the #RefugeeEconomics website. There you’ll find updates about published articles and other outreach activities I’ve been leading, as well as a library compiling all of the research I’ve used as a theoretical basis. The project will keep on growing over time, with more articles and activities to come.

Use the #RefugeeEconomics hashtag to participate to the discussion on social media. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on the project.

Bringing medicines to the world

An estimated 2 billion people lack access to essential medicines, most of them living in Asia and Africa, according to the World Health Organization. While progress has been made in the past three decades, thanks in part to a renewed focus placed on diseases such as HIV and AIDS, malaria and polio, much remains to be done to ensure access to treatment for all.

This is a complex issue that has no simple answer. Health systems and health infrastructure, supply of medicines, logistics and pricing of products each play a crucial role in facilitating or inhibiting access to medicines. Governments, intergovernmental organizations, development organizations and pharmaceutical companies therefore have no choice but to work together to achieve results.

This is only a preview. Read the full article on Devex’s website.