Useful Resources

Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism Website
Bhekisisa, Mail and Guardian, 2016.

The South African-based Mail & Guardian newspaper has launched an Africa wide health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu. It has its own website. is mentoring reporters in African countries to file solutions-based health features for the website and is working with health policymakers, activists and researchers to write opinion pieces for the website.

Participatory Governance Toolkit
Christian C: All Africa, 2016

This toolkit contains tools and resources relating to different categories of participatory governance practices, including for (1) public information, for citizens to access relevant information about government policies, decisions and actions; (2) education and deliberation; (3) public dialogue for communication between citizens and state; (4) design and implementation of public policies and plans that respond effectively to citizens’ priorities and needs; (5) public budgets and expenditures to help citizens understand and influence decisions about the allocation of public resources, monitor public spending and hold government actors accountable for their management of public financial resources (6) monitoring and evaluating the accessibility, quality and efficiency of public services and (7) monitoring and overseeing public action and seeking retribution for injustices or misdeeds.

Video: Health care in Cuba and the Philippines: what are the differences?
Third World Health Aid, April 2016

April 7 was World Health Day and the European Day of Action against commercialisation of Health Care. For this occasion, Third World Health Aid launched its new video that compares the health system of Cuba with the privatized system in the Philippines and its impact on the population. It spreads a strong message of the necessity of free and accessible health care, and community involvement. In this video, Third World Health Aid compare the situation in two developing countries. Cuba is famous for its excellent health care, which is free of charge for its citizens. In the Philippines, access to health care is not so evident. Third World Health Aid see a big inequality. What explains this big difference.? The video shows a walk together with local health workers in the neighbourhoods of Havana and Manilla, the capitals of these two countries. It shows the different experiences of the broad range of factors affecting health, including health care.

Global health as seen by Congo's sapeurs
Muvudi M: Health Financing Africa, 22 December 2015

Health Financing Africa host a cartoon showing a satirical response to the global development agendas. This cartoon draws on the "Sape" movement (The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) in Brazzaville and Kinshasa. Universal Health Coverage figures into the new Sustainable Development Goals and, with a wink, Michel Muvudi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) warns us not to be overly optimistic about the impact of such international objectives at the country level.

Primary Health Care Performance Initiative Toolkits
Primary Health Care Performance Initiative Website

The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) is a new partnership that brings together country policymakers, health system managers, practitioners, advocates and other development partners to catalyse improvements in primary health care (PHC) in low- and middle-income countries through better measurement and knowledge-sharing. PHCPI aims to help countries to track key performance indicators for their PHC systems, identifying which parts of the system are working well and which ones aren’t. It aims to enhance accountability and provide decision-makers with essential information, to provide a platform for countries to share lessons and best practices an advocacy toolkit, and a compare tool which allows users to simultaneously compare multiple countries across multiple indicators.

Ambassador Zhong Jianhua – on trade, aid and jobs
Interview with Edward Paice: Africa Research Institute, August 2014

In this online interview with Edward Paice, Director of Africa Research Institute, Zhong Jianhua, China’s Special Representative on African Affairs, responds to common criticisms of China’s policy and conduct in Africa. He rejects any analogy between China-Africa trade patterns and those of the colonial era but agrees that Africa must regard China as a competitor pursuing its own interests. Ambassador Zhong observes many similarities between the policy choices facing African governments in the 2000s and those confronted by China during the 1980s and 1990s. He emphasises that China itself is still a developing country – and one which has a great deal to learn about Africa. He insists that it is China’s responsibility to help African nations compete in the global economy. While acknowledging the imperative shared by all developing economies to maximise agricultural potential, attract capital, create a more skilled workforce and industrialise, he concludes that “finally the chance has come” to Africa.

World AIDS Day 2015 : The fast track map
UNAIDS: Geneva, 2015

The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. This ambitious yet wholly attainable objective represents an unparalleled opportunity to change the course of history for ever - something our generation must do for the generations to come. If the world is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, rapid progress must be made by 2020. Quickening the pace for essential HIV prevention and treatment approaches will limit the epidemic to more manageable levels and enable countries to move towards the elimination phase. This graphic shows visually in a map the content and geographical areas for scale up to achieve global targets.

Beyond the 'Single Story': 3Bute Turns African Lit Into Crowdsourced Comics
Kennedy C: Colorlines, July 2012

Artist Bunmi Oloruntoba and editor Emmanuel Iduma collaborate with reporters and creative writers to furnish “the contexts often missing when African stories are reported.” Every two weeks, 3bute [pronounced “tribute”] publishes a three-page comic from a different African country in which readers tag the images like a wiki page with links to videos, articles, slide shows, twitter posts, music tracks, and other media. The resulting comic is dotted with icons that appear as you touch or move your mouse over its surface. The interactive features blink and pop as you shift from panel to panel in the site’s effort to undermine “the single, one-dimensional story of poverty, sickness, conflict” that far too often disparages the continent. 3bute uses new technology to explore the contours of African modernity through “multifaceted stories”. This review includes excerpts of 3bute comics, worth reading while the 3bute website is temporarily being reconstructed.

Exploring the Future of Africa
AfroCyberPunk: 2015

AfroCyberPunk is a blog dedicated to exploring the future of Africa through various expressions of Afrofuturism in science and speculative fiction across all forms of media, relevant news and current events about ongoing socioeconomic, political, and technological developments, as well as academic discourses on issues and trends concerning the future of this incredibly diverse continent. As Africa enters a new phase of accelerated development, this blog aims to create a unique conceptual space in which to explore the various scenarios the continent is likely to encounter in the near and distant future, and to imagine how people might begin to address the enormous challenges and incredible opportunities that may soon become reality.

Spoken Word Performance on Female Gential Mutilation (FGM)
Ali A: afro’disiatic Xpressions, 2015

This video production/story is about women and female gentital mutilation (FGM). The video narrative is an amalgamation of many women's stories. The story is created under the notion that "it takes a village to tell a woman's story; it takes a village for a woman's voice to be heard." The work is part of a wider project entitled "Dear Mother" created by Daapo Reo.