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, January/February 2017.
Africa Finds Power off the Grid
Pay-as-you-go solar firms have begun to light up homes in underserved parts of the continent, but will need to pack more punch to leapfrog the grid. MIT Technology Review, December 2016.
Domestic & International Politics
Business & Economics
Made in Africa: Will Ethiopia's Push for Industrialization Pay Off?
Despite years of economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa has largely failed to shift labor from agriculture to higher productivity industry. Ethiopia is leading the way in changing that. World Politics Review, June 2016.
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, August 2014.
Energy & Environment
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, May/June 2015.
Catalyst or Curse? East Africa's Oil and Gas Boom
New oil and gas finds have put Uganda and its neighbors on the verge of a hydrocarbon-driven transformation. However, the boom presents as many risks as rewards. World Politics Review, November 2014.
Travel, Sports, and Culture
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, May 2014.
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, May 2013.
Of Men, Okapi, and Rebels
Jon travels to the pygymy homelands at a tense time in the Congo and finds that the Mbuti, for all their troubles, are keeping calm and carrying on. Roads & Kingdoms, November 2012.
In Cambodia's Remote Southwest, a Village Revived through Tourism
A jungle adventure in one of the Khmer Rouge's final holdouts reveals a people determined to move on to a more productive and ecological economy. The Boston Globe, July 2012.
The African City
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 quite match up with its residents' financial realities. Al Jazeera America, June 2015.
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, November 2015.
Future Tense: A Mixed Outlook for Kenya's Coast
52 years after independence, a sense of exclusion in the coastal city of Mombasa has heralded an increasingly radical and sometimes violent politics. World Politics Review, November 2015.
Global Migration & Public Health
Road to a 'Cure' Costs and Pays Tanzanians
A journey to the Tanzanian hinterlands in search of a man who claims to have cured millions through an elixir prescribed by God. The Boston Globe, November 2011.