The Scramble for Data – The New Colonialism

In my last post, I wrote about the importance of working towards digital inclusion, as the next billion internet users are expected to come from the Global South. Individuals and communities in the Global South stand to gain abundantly from accessing the internet. Improved education, …

Indigenous Languages: Part 2 – Digital Inclusion

‘Language was the most important vehicle through which that power fascinated and held the soul prisoner. The bullet was the means of the physical subjugation. Language was the means of the spiritual subjugation.’ Ngugi wa Thiong’o – Decolonising the Mind (9) This is part two …

Stories out of Africa – Replacing Pessimism with Optimism

In my first post, I told you about my childhood dream to save the distant and vulnerable child living somewhere in Africa. This dream was shaped by books, images and stories I had been told. Many of these stories were filled with misconceptions and disproportionate …

Indigenous Languages: Part 1 – in Learning

‘Language was the most important vehicle through which that power fascinated and held the soul prisoner. The bullet was the means of the physical subjugation. Language was the means of the spiritual subjugation.’ Ngugi wa Thiong’o – Decolonising the Mind (9) This upcoming post is …

Using Data to #ShiftThePower and Decolonise Development

The Black Lives Movement protests and COVID-19 this year have exposed and reverberated deep and systemic racism and inequalities on people of colour, including in the aid sector. More than ever, there are louder calls to decolonise development.

#nowhitesaviors – Fighting Mindsets Through Social Media

The #BlackLivesMatter movement has put the spotlight on systemic racism and inequality at all levels of our society. In recent months we have had to have uncomfortable, yet critical conversations about it. Many of us have had to take a hard look at ourselves only …