A selection of my favorite clips, loosely organized by topic.
Politics & Economics
How to Undermine a Democracy
New voting technologies promise to make elections worldwide more credible. Yet as Kenya's elections have proven, they're no match for a broken political system. The Atlantic.
In Push to Modernize, a City Struggles to House its Population
Rwanda's capital, Kigali, has transformed into one of Africa's cleanest and safest cities. Yet its housing strategy doesn't match up with its residents' financial realities. Al Jazeera America.
How Do You Say Kimchi in Kinyarwanda?
South Korea is offering lessons from its own economic ascent to Rwanda and other African countries - and bringing business, cuisine, and rice paddies along with it. Foreign Policy.
Energy, Environment & Public Health
As World Cuts Back on Coal, a Growing Appetite in Africa
New coal plants in Africa are largely being paid for by China and developed countries that are turning away from the technology at home. National Geographic.
From Drought to Green Revolution?
As climate change makes growing seasons less predictable, the quest for food security in Malawi and other African countries is an uphill battle. World Politics Review.
Lake Kivu's Great Gas Gamble
In a first-of-its-kind endeavor, electricity-starved Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to get power from a lake—and avert catastrophe. MIT Technology Review.
Business & Technology
Blood From the Sky: Zipline's Medical Drone Delivery in Africa
In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes. MIT Technology Review.
Uganda's "Uber for Motorcycles" Focuses on Safety
Kampala’s moto-taxis have joined the ride-hailing movement with a promise to address one of its biggest transportation problems. MIT Technology Review.
Ghana's Last Mile
Innovative African e-tailers are offering sought-after goods to the continent's growing middle class. But logistical challenges must be worked out delivery by delivery. MIT Technology Review.
Kenya Tries to Build its Silicon Valley
The country hopes a budding digital technology industry will help drive its economic ambitions. But is a multibillion dollar "Silicon Savannah" the key to success? MIT Technology Review.
Travel, Sports & Adventure
In Kenya, Running with Chinese Characteristics
China's top runners are training under an Italian coach in a Kenyan town that has produced some of the top marathoners in history. Roads & Kingdoms/Slate.
Line Dancing: Marches and Militarism at Wagah
A trip to the Wagah border of India and Pakistan reveals, in festive style, the roots of the sixty-six year standoff between the two countries. Roads & Kingdoms.