Daily Archives: August 27, 2017

TEDGlobal 2017 Conference Opens in Tanzania

Ten years on, TEDGlobal returns to Africa with live event featuring 45+ talks, interviews and performances

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Aug. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, opens its TEDGlobal 2017 Conference today in Arusha, Tanzania. Themed “Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts.” the event will host 700 attendees at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for a program of 45+ speakers and performers sharing ideas in TED’s signature format of short, powerful talks – no longer than 18 minutes. The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.

“Our event here a decade ago led to so many meaningful ideas, connections and collaborations,” said head of TED Chris Anderson. “Now, we have a chance to reignite those sparks. The ideas emerging from Africa have the potential to create transformative impact, not just here on the continent, but worldwide.”

“This gathering couldn’t come a moment too soon,” said TEDGlobal co-curator Emeka Okafor. “Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa’s own path to modernity.”

The speakers and performers selected for TEDGlobal 2017 offer fresh, unique perspectives and solutions on a global level. They include:

  • OluTimehin Adegbeye, Writer and activist
  • Oshiorenoya Agabi, Neurotechnology entrepreneur
  • Nabila Alibhai, Place-maker
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones, East African retro-popsters
  • Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Publisher
  • Christian Benimana, Architect
  • Niti Bhan, Founder and owner, Emerging Futures Lab
  • Mahen Bonetti, Film curator
  • Augustus Casely-Hayford, Cultural historian
  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, Designer
  • Llew Claasen, Strategist
  • Tania Douglas, Biomedical engineering professor
  • Touria El Glaoui, Art fair curator
  • Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, Indigenous knowledge expert
  • Kamau Gachigi, Technologist
  • Ameena Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius
  • Leo Igwe, Human rights activist
  • Amar Inamdar, Entrepreneurial business leader
  • Joel Jackson, Transport entrepreneur
  • Tunde Jegede, Composer, cellist, kora virtuoso
  • Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Zachariah Mampilly, Political scientist
  • Vivek Maru, Legal empowerment advocate
  • Kola Masha, Agricultural leader
  • Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, MIT professor, grassroots thinker-doer, author
  • Thandiswa Mazwai, Singer
  • Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, Language and culture advocate
  • Sara Menker, Technology entrepreneur
  • Sethembile Msezane, Artist
  • Kisilu Musya, Farmer and filmmaker
  • Robert Neuwirth, Author
  • Kevin Njabo, Biodiversity scientist
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, Social innovation expert
  • Dayo Ogunyemi, Cultural media builder
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Science fiction writer
  • Fredros Okumu, Mosquito scientist
  • Qudus Onikeku, Dancer, Choreographer
  • DK Osseo-Asare, Designer
  • Keller Rinaudo, Robotics entrepreneur
  • Chris Sheldrick, Co-founder and CEO, what3words
  • Sauti Sol, Afro-pop band
  • George Steinmetz, Aerial photographer
  • Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, Historian and philosopher
  • Pierre Thaim, Chef
  • Iké Udé, Artist
  • Washington Wachira, Wildlife ecologist and nature photographer
  • Magatte Wade, Brand creator
  • Ghada Wali, Designer

A number of exciting brands and companies have partnered with TEDGlobal 2017 to help share ideas and foster an atmosphere of curiosity and discovery. Partners include: The Africa Center, Boston Consulting Group, Brightline Initiative, Gilead Sciences, Logitech, Omidyar Network, Sandstorm Kenya, Tommy Hilfiger, Westpac Banking Group and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Follow TEDGlobal 2017 on the TED blog, Facebook, Twitter (@TEDTalks), Instagram (@TED) and LinkedIn. The official hashtag of the event is #TEDGlobal.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, its TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and at thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels. Today there are more than 2,500 TED Talks available for free on TED.com, which are viewed about a billion times a year.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world.

Rights Group: South Sudan Should Probe Death of US Reporter

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN � The killing of an American journalist in South Sudan violates international humanitarian law and should be investigated, according to an international human rights group.

South Sudan’s leaders should “condemn this killing, investigate how it happened and hold those responsible to account,” Jehanne Henry, senior Africa researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Associated Press.

On Saturday morning, 28-year-old freelance journalist, Christopher Allen, was killed when fighting erupted between opposition and government forces along the border between South Sudan and Uganda.

The rebel forces launched a coordinated attack on several towns along the Ugandan border, said the opposition’s deputy spokesman, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel. Allen and two other journalists were embedded with the rebels on a two-week mission and they had come from Kampala, Gabriel told The Associated Press.

Gabriel alleged that Allen “was targeted and killed by the government forces for photographing the fight.” He sent his condolences to Allen’s family and friends.

Army spokesman, Col. Domic Chol Santo, dismissed the opposition account as “rubbish,” saying the government forces acted in self-defense and Allen was killed in the crossfire near the town of Kaya, 2 kilometers (1 mile) from Bazi.

Allen, a freelance journalist, had been based on and off in Kyiv, Ukraine, for several years, said a member of the Ukrainian National Guard and a friend of Allen’s during his time in Ukraine.

“He actually struck me as an intelligent fellow, open-minded,” said the Ukrainian soldier who insisted on anonymity for security reasons.

He said Allen had embedded with a paramilitary group before embedding with his unit for three weeks in March, 2015, and that Allen told him he was interested in joining the military in the future.

South Sudan is one of the harshest climates in the world for journalists, according to press freedom groups. Recently the government has cracked down on the press, blocking several South Sudan news websites.

In the past few months, 15 South Sudanese journalists have been detained, beaten or denied access to information, according to the Union of Journalists in South Sudan and more than 20 foreign journalists have been denied entry or kicked out of the country.

Source: Voice of America

Cooperatives contributing to economic transformation

President Jacob Zuma says through cooperatives, ordinary people have been empowered to participate in the economy and generate income while giving meaning to government’s call for radical economic transformation.

Cooperatives are also at the centre of the much-needed village and township economic revival and are an example of the spirit of “vuk’uzenzele”.

Co-operatives are proven force for economic and social inclusion. In other words, if we are serious about reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality in our country, we must invest more in cooperatives, President Zuma said on Saturday.

A co-operative is owned by a group of people who usually live in rural or informal communities and work together on a similar venture and share costs and profit.

The president was speaking at the International Cooperatives Day in Bloemfontein under the theme Deepening Economic Transformation through a Co-operative Development in Southern Africa.

The celebration, which is organised by the Department of Small Business Development aims to acknowledge and celebrate the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development in South Africa.

President Zuma said government sees cooperatives as vehicles for economic development, democratic economic participation and redistribution of wealth. It is for this reason that government actively supports cooperatives.

Among other interventions, government runs the Cooperatives Incentive Scheme, a grant dedicated to cooperatives with no repayment expected. The grant is managed by the Department of Small Business Development.

More than 50% of the allocated R75 million was accessed by women-owned and led cooperatives in the past financial year.

Through this fund, President Zuma said the cooperatives acquired in the main, farming implements and inputs, industrial overlocks and embroidery machines as well as events management equipment, among others.

Another flagship programme of government in the sector is the Women-in-Maize programme which seeks to empower five thousand women-run maize farming co-operatives over the next five years.

To-date, just over thirteen cooperatives are participating in this programme with a combined 150 hectares of land cultivated. Just above 18 tons of maize was harvested during the first harvest in October 2016.

This has benefited the participating cooperatives with almost one million rand financial injection and a lot of skills in productivity, said President Zuma. He said government procures the vegetables and other foodstuffs from many women’s cooperatives for the school nutrition programme which feeds over nine million children daily.

President Zuma said government has also successfully linked 692 cooperatives to economic opportunities to the value of R91 million.

More than 300 of these cooperatives supplied school uniforms and dignity packs to school children in the past financial year.

More than two hundred cooperatives supplied food to eight provincial food distribution centres and community nutrition and development centres.

Through these linkages, more than three thousand members of cooperatives participated in economic activities that benefited more than twelve thousand members of their households.

When we talk of radical economic transformation, we want to see practical change in the economic landscape by opening up the space for the ownership and management of the means of production by black people who were excluded deliberately, said President Zuma

Government departments have been urged to procure goods and services from co-operatives, in order to give them support.

Source: South African Government News Agency