Jonathan W. Rosen

Writer/Journalist

A selection of Jon's recent and favorite clips, organized by subject.

Latest Work

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, June 2017
 

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. Here's why. National Geographic, May 2017.
 

Stigma and Superstition
Hunted for their body parts and threatened by the sun, Tanzanians with albinism have long been isolated by fear. But their outlook is improving, thanks to some tireless local advocates. Rotary International, March 2017.
 

Leadership & Governance

Rwanda's President for Life?
An amended constitution could allow Paul Kagame an additional 17 years in office; not everyone is cheering. Al Jazeera America, December 2015

 

Kenya's Dark Path to Justice
Witnesses and journalists connected to the international court proceedings against Kenya's leaders are turning up dead. Al Jazeera America, August 2015.
 

Last Dance for the Playboy King of Swaziland?
As Swaziland's economy struggles, Africa's last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, faces a growing chorus of critics. National Geographic, October 2014.
 

Economics & Geopolitics

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.
 

A Regional Crisis
How the Rwandan genocide triggered an even more deadly regional crisis, which continues to fester in the heart of central Africa. Al Jazeera Digital Magazine, May 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.
 

The Battle for Africa's Oldest National Park
The mystery surrounding a wounded conservationist and the fight for the DRC's war-torn Virunga National Park. National Geographic, June 2014.

 

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.

Business & Technology

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, April 2017.
 

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.
 

After Years of War, Goma, DRC, Is Open for Business
New entrepreneurs are bucking the eastern Congolese city's trend as a dangerous backwater. Al Jazeera America, February 2015.

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.
 

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.

Migration & Public Health

Healing Without Borders
Surgeons from India bring relief to underserved patients in Rwanda. The Rotarian, October 2016.

 

Reunited in Rwanda
Twenty years after war left her family separated, a Red Cross letter helps a grandmother make a shocking discovery. Al Jazeera America, December 2014.
 

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.

Op-Ed

Burundi on the Brink
Efforts by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in office could spark a regional security crisis. The New York Times, April 2015.