Ep31-2. Part 2 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This is the second part of this week’s episode, when I chat with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of the Mawazo Institute, a start-up non-profit research institute in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find Part 1 here. Here is Part 2: … More Ep31-2. Part 2 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

Ep31-1. Part 1 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This week’s conversation was great, but ran long—so I’ve broken it up into two parts. I chat with Dr. Rose Mutiso (@MutisoRose) and Rachel Strohm (@RachelStrohm), co-founders of the Mawazo Institute, a start-up non-profit research institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

Both Mawazo founders are researchers themselves. Dr. Mutiso’s research focus is on African energy sector development. She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her co-founder Rachel Strohm is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California Berkeley. We talked about their decision to start Mawazo and some of the structural challenges facing African women researchers. Our conversation begins at 1:45. Here is Part 1: … More Ep31-1. Part 1 of a chat with the founders of Mawazo, a research start-up in Nairobi

This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

In remembrance of the April 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we interviewed Kivu Ruhorahoza in our latest episode. We also talked about what a bad week it was for opposing presidents in Uganda and Zambia. Starting with Uganda, outspoken scholar Stella Nyanzi (@drstellanyanzi) has been arrested. She was charged with cyberharrassment and offensive communication. Her arrest followed critical … More This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: rhinos, music and poetry in Gambia, term limits in Benin, Africa newsletters, and more

Agatoni asked in this week’s episode: Did you know that rhino horns actually grow back? This week, South Africa’s constitutional court dismissed an appeal by the government to keep the ban on rhino horn trade in place. The trade was originally halted in 2009 and now, anyone with a permit will be free to trade rhino … More What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: rhinos, music and poetry in Gambia, term limits in Benin, Africa newsletters, and more