NPR: How Cellphones Helped Researchers Track Malaria In Kenya – Researchers at Harvard have harnessed the power of mobile technology for a new cause: tracking malaria. By having users text in their diagnosis, they are able to create a map of infection to better research the patterns the disease takes in Kenya. What they are finding are malaria hot spots around the country, even a few popping up in major cities where the disease was previously thought not to exist. (Michaeleen Doucleff)
Courier-Journal: Rand Paul runs ads attacking Democrats on foreign aid – On the cuff of the crises in North Africa, foreign aid in the region is under attack by Sen. Rand Paul, who has criticized lawmakers who support sending aid to the region. While Paul believes that countries must first earn their aid, many believe that aid is a valuable tool for national security. (James R. Carroll)
CNN: Africa grows, but youth get left behind – Africa is rising, and developing economies are of the fastest growing in the world. Yet there is a different story for African youths, fresh out of college. With a youth unemployment rate of 40% in Kenya, some are wondering how valuable their college education actually is.
WSJ: Poverty Fight Risks Setback, World Bank Chief Warns – As the economic crisis erupts, it is the developing world that is most at risk. The World Bank had warned that the more we focus away from the progress achieved in Africa, the closer we are to setbacks. (Sudeep Reddy)
Devex: New AFD strategy retains focus on Africa, doubles budget for NGOs – France has just announced a new strategy that will devote 60% of its aid budget to sustainable development plans in Sub-Saharan countries, focusing on job creation, institutional development and reduction of territorial and social inequalities. To implement this plan, it has also doubled its efforts to partner with various NGOs to get the job done. (Ivy Mungcal)