Of external forces, African peace and security and underdevelopment.

Mukoni Ratshitanga

Last week, on the 15th of July, the British non-governmental organisation, Global Witness, published a report about the activities of logging companies in the Central African Republic.

The report, titled: Blood Timber – How Europe Helped Fund War in the Central African Republic catalogues an alleged series of very grave malpractices by six French, Chinese and Lebanese logging companies and their subsidiaries.

It alleges that during 2013, the companies funded the Seleka rebels to the tune of EUR 34 million and, to this day still oil the anti-Balaka (Seleka’s successors) killing machine, and continue to pillage Central African Republic, and an extent, the larger Congo Basin rain forests in an un-sustainable manner, to the detriment of local populations and the environment. This has seriously weakened the fragile governance system in the CAR and facilitated the illicit export of capital out of a country that is ranked 180…

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From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent – The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda


From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent: From Science to Communication

The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda

Above: Belgium, Brussels. European Development Days (EDD) Future leaders Catherine Mloza-Banda © European Union

Studying for a Master of Science degree under the RUFORUM Scholarship has greatly shaped my career and opened a world that I could not comprehend. Being able to generate scientific information is one thing; communicating it in a way that is understandable and relatable to a wide range of audiences is another.

My Master’s degree has helped me to be able to do both and more. I learned to engage policy makers and influential decision makers on the critical issues that are taking place at grassroots level that have an implication on policy. It highlighted the important role that farmer networks play in dissemination and adoption of new technologies and the role of informal communication channels.

I was awarded…

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There is Hope for Social Justice in Africa: Let us Do it for My Son’s Generation and Beyond .

Shadrack Agaki


The future is what Martin Luther King Jr had in his dreams. He not only had dreams for his daughters but for the generations including the one for BarackObama who has taken the minds of Kenyans and those of many Africans hostage.

Almost everyone is talking of him across the continent.  All  media channels are whispering about The son of African origin.

But I am persuaded to say that his ascending to power was dreamt by the Civil right Moment organizers who worked tirelessly to create environment that will allow a black Africa American to get a chance to rule the most powerful country in the world. This happened several years even before he was born.

The excitement of people should a lesson of what my son and his generation will experience when leaders will be elected not on the basis of where they come from but what they…

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Shadrack Agaki


His presence here rekindled hope that many of us youths in Africa will succeed . When I saw him board Air Force one leaving for Ethiopia , my heart was filled with joy and more expectations, I saw a better future for my generation my son’s generation and Beyond .

His story, how 27years ago, he was received by his Elder sister with a old beetle which broke on the way home more than five times. Mesmerized me, it is an indication of how things can change. It indicates the possibility of significant transformation that can happen in a short period of time.

The difference between now and then is that there was no all he wide coverage like now. In fact nobody recognized him. It was interesting to learn some people within government in his subsequent Vista referred to him as a junior US senator. Now he came as…

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Drones delivering diapers: what could possibly go wrong?


As children, we were told that storks fly around delivering tightly wrapped babies to the doorsteps of expecting parents— the ultimate package delivery system.

But much like this fantasy we tell our children, the idea that our modern-day storks – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – will be making deliveries right to our doorsteps shortly after we make our online purchases, is also a tall tale.

This week, organizers from a field hospital in rural southwest Virginia launched what was the first federally-approved small parcel drone delivery in the history of the United States. Prescriptions for 20 people were flown in a test flight by a NASA aircraft controlled by remote stations on the ground to an airstrip near the hospital, and a special delivery drone completed the final mile of the delivery.

But in this case, the effectiveness of drone technology is being tested to help solve a humanitarian…

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What does Program Science have to do with Knowledge Translation?

KT Core-ner

by Anneliese Poetz, KT Manager, NeuroDevNet

Program scienceis the systematic application of scientific knowledge to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of programs”.


The NCE Program in Canada strives to facilitate the achievement of socio-economic impact for Canada through cutting-edge research and innovation.  One social benefit of this Federally-funded research includes implementing innovations into programs that serve Canadians.  NeuroDevNet NCE strives to achieve impact for Canadians affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  One avenue is to achieve implementation of evidence-informed innovations into programs.  For example, after refining the exergame prototype, an innovation funded by NeuroDevNet and GRAND NCEs, this technology can expand the physical therapy options for youth with CP.  Integrating the exergame bike into physical therapy programs would be what we refer to as ‘implementation’ (see Figure below).

Phipps' Co-Produced Pathway to Impact can be used within a Program Science approach toward impact of evidence-based interventions. Phipps’ Co-Produced Pathway to Impact can be…

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