Jonathan W. Rosen

Writer/Journalist

A selection of my favorite clips, organized by publication.

National Geographic

Dar es Salaam will be a Megacity by 2030. Is it Ready?
Tanzanian city is the second-fastest growing in the world. Its planners are struggling to keep up. April, 2019

Kenya Straddles a Volcanic Rift: It’s a Green Energy Geyser
In 2010, fewer than one in five Kenyans had electricity. Now some sixty percent do—thanks mostly to geothermal power. November, 2018

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. May, 2017

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

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. June, 2014

MIT Technology Review

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. June, 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. December, 2016

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. April, 2015

The Atlantic

Tanzania Was East Africa’s Strongest Democracy. Then Came “The Bulldozer.”
John Magufuli has put fighting corruption at the center of his agenda. But is it worth the suppression of civil liberties? May, 2019

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. December, 2017

The New York Times

For Kenyan Runners, Winning Can Be a Road to Ruin
Success in a major long distance race can lift a Kenyan runner out of poverty overnight. It can also bring plenty of pitfalls, as fame and wealth often do. April, 2019

Foreign Policy

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. August, 2014

World Politics Review

Zambia Debates the Threat of Debt-Trap Diplomacy
Chinese lending faces a rising chorus of critics in one of Beijing’s longest-standing African allies. December, 2018

Made in Africa: Will Ethiopia's Push for Industrialization Pay Off?
Can Africa's "developmental state" drive a manufacturing boom on the world's least industrialized continent? June, 2016

Catalyst or Curse? East Africa’s Oil and Gas Boom
New oil discoveries in Uganda and other East African countries could drive economic development. But petroleum also comes with many pitfalls. November, 2014

Al Jazeera America

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

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

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

Roads & Kingdoms/Slate

Exit the Strongman
The world saw the Gambia's Yahya Jammeh as a brutal, eccentric dictator. But his hometown still loves him. August, 2017

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. 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. 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. November, 2012

The Boston Globe

In Cambodia's Remote Southwest, a Village Revived through Tourism
Community-based ecotourism helps a former war-torn province move toward a more ecological economy. July, 2012

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. November, 2011