In Kenya one can see an endless rows of tea plants growing. The tea belongs to Lipton Tea Company, through its Kenya division. Locals do not drink Lipton, they strongly dislike the taste, but Lipton Tea realizes how much money it can save by growing its crop on rented African farmlands and then exporting it to customer countries.
On March 22nd 2012, Mali’s coup d’état came as a shock to many Western observers, but given the state of Tuareg affairs in the Sahel region, the Arab Spring and additional economic factors made Mali poised for its current conflict. Separatists in the northeastern part of the country played the revolutionary spirit of the regional atmosphere to their strength, using the opportunity to declare an independent Tuareg-led state. An unprepared Malian national army sent to suppress the rebellion was left frustrated by a perceived lack of central support, leading a military junta to impose a subsequent coup d’état of the country’s leadership in the country’s capital Bamako. The once-peaceful capital has since been embroiled in political and (intermittent) inter-military battles.
Level of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and North African countries
The annual hunger season is beginning once again in the vast, arid strip of land just below the Sahara desert, and the medics at Ouallam - a small town an hour’s drive north of Niger’s capital Niamey - have seen a sudden leap in admissions in the past week and are bracing themselves for an exceptionally tough few months before October’s harvest.
The United Nations’ World Food Programme expects that almost 400,000 children in Niger could find themselves so malnourished that they end up like those in Ouallam’s hospital. Nearly one in 10 are likely to die as a result.
Mapping the varieties of Arabic
Mobile subscriptions per 100 people in different African countries, many higher than “developed” countries
Africa.mixmarket.org launched this week, providing one of the first continent-wide visualizations of the microfinance landscape in Africa. This builds off the work we did with the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) this summer mapping microfinance in Nigeria, which is experiencing rapid growth in the sector, with Nigeria.mixmarket.org. But overall Africa receives only seven percent of global investments in microfinance. By providing detailed, transparent information on microfinance in Africa and visualizing it, MIX hopes to help grow microfinance and financial inclusion in the region.
An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.
To better visualize the subnational microfinance landscape in Nigeria, we partnered with the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) to build Nigeria.MIXmarket.org. The new site is a window into a part of the world experiencing a microfinance boom with growth rates ranging between 20 to 50 percent over the past few years. The site shows where banks are and aren’t operating and aims to help show why by relating the locations of microfinance banks with potentially relevant socio-economic indicators.
In February, the Globe and Mail published a map to show Moammar Gadhafi’s influence in Africa.
In Mali, for example, Gadhafi’s money and diplomacy have helped resolve conflicts between rebels and the government.
And in Sudan, the 20,000 troop peacekeeping mission includes African Union troops that are heavily funded by Gadhafi’s Libya.
We modified the map for display here so click through to learn more.
H/T: Torie (The Political Notebook) via G+.
We just launched horn.wfp.org, a map visualizing the massive impact of the humanitarian crisis and highlighting critical operation locations in the Horn of Africa. The famine declaration, which went into effect in certain areas in late July, indicates that thousands of people are starving and dying every day. Many international organizations, including our partner on this site the World Food Programme, the food aid arm of the United Nations, expect the famine to impact millions of people.