Monday, June 22, 2015

Hitaji Kuu La Mtoto Yatima

Hitaji Kuu La Mtoto Yatima

Je, ni malazi?
Ama ni mavazi?
Au ni madawa?
Labda ni chakula?
Pengine ni elimu?
Yote hayo muhimu - tena sana!
Ila lipo lingine adimu!
Hitaji la kumbatio.
Kumbatio la upendo.

Kwenye kituo cha kulea watoto yatima wapatao 90 cha CHAKUWAMA pale Sinza (Meeda) karibu na 'Kanisa (la Full Gospel) la Kakobe' utakutana na watoto wadogo ambao wala hawatakuomba zawadi yoyote zaidi kupokea 'kumbatio la upendo'.

Ukimkumbatia mmoja kwa bashasha, mwingine atakuja kwa tahadhari na kukuambia "na mimi", ukiwakumbatia wote wawili, wa tatu naye atakujia; ukimweka mmojawapo chini, atakuegemea kwa tashwishi uendelee kumkumbatia. Hilo ndilo hitaji la 'kumbatio la upendo'.

Hiki ni nini, mtoto mmoja yatima aliwahi kumuuliza mtu aliyetembelea kituo fulani cha watoto yatima na kumkumbatia kwa dhati. Mtoto hakujua kumbatio ni kitu gani. Huu unaitwa upendo, mtu huyo alimjibu mtoto yule. Ndiyo, ni  'kumbatio la upendo'.

Sambaza 'kumbatio la upendo'.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Must Africa Industrialize to Really Rise?

"Structural transformation now dominates the continental discourse of African leaders. That means a clear realization of what has not happened—as reflected in low agricultural productivity, a contraction of value added in manufacturing, limited poverty reduction, and lack of jobs and inclusive policies. Today, then, the fork in the road for Africa points to one direction and one choice: the need to use the favorable winds to achieve economic transformation, and to accomplish this through industrialization" - Carlos Lopez (@ECA_Lopes) on Industrialization: The Good Road Ahead 

"According to [Dani] Rodrik, self-sustaining growth begins to occur when an economy undergoes a structural transformation from relying less on agriculture to relying more on industry. That is, self-sustaining growth is underpinned by large-scale industrialization. This is the historical lesson of the East Asian tigers, of China, and of even the West. Unfortunately the facts for Africa point in the opposite direction. Yes, African labour has moved out of agriculture in large numbers, but the beneficiary has not been manufacturing but services. The service sector tends not to be as “productive” as the manufacturing sector. And productivity, which is the ability to produce ever more output from the same amount of inputs, is what drives and sustains growth. The share of manufacturing in the economies of most African countries has declined from about 15% in the 1970s to around 10% today. That is Africa has in fact deindustrialized! And even the 10% of GDP that is manufacturing is mostly made up of small informal firms that are not particularly productive and are unlikely to evolve into big formal firms...Africa needs to industrialize for it to really rise" - Grieve Chelwa (@gchelwa) on Is Africa really rising? History and facts suggest it isn’t

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ir(responsible) Investment?

"Agrica, through its KPL project, is considered to be a “best in class” player in the field of agribusiness investments in Africa. Often portrayed as a truly responsible investment, it is upheld as how to marry profits, people, and planet in a way which produces win-win outcomes. For this reason, the project has received considerable financial and technical support from various development institutions. However, the research presented in this report highlights the mismatch between the showcasing of Agrica/KPL as an agribusiness angel, and the actual experience of local communities" -http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/OI_Report_Irresponsible_Investment.pdf

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

African Women and the Intimacy of Harshness

'Rehema Chachage. The intimacy and harshness of African women’s rituals' by Rosalie van Deursen

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Tale of Two 'JKs' and the Failing of Agriculture

“It is sad that I have failed to change and make the agricultural sector grow and hence many people have continued to be poor...Most people rely on the agriculture sector but it has neither grown at the required pace nor has it been given the required priority” - Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete  @ http://www.ippmedia.com/?l=81100

“There are things that I would have done more firmly or not at all. For example, I would not nationalize the sisal plantations. This was a mistake. I did not realize how difficult it would be for the state to manage agriculture. Agriculture is difficult to socialize. I tried to tell my government that what was traditionally the family's in the village social organization should be left with the family, while what was new could be communalized at the village level. The land issue and family holdings were very sensitive. I saw this intellectually but it was hard to translate it into policy implementation” - Julius Kambarage Nyerere @ http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/30/049.html





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