Stories: Government

  • From Tanzania With No Government

    Having spent more than two years serving as USAID’s supervisory program director it’s probably safe to assume Craig Hart has fielded some interesting questions from journalists. Rocked back in his chair at the end of a long conference table today inside the American Embassy in Tanzania’s capitol, Hart, a big guy with an...

  • Meeting Key U.S. Players in Zambia’s National Health

    After spending nearly a week and a half in Zambia during the second half of July with nine other new media journalists, we concluded our final day with an official visit to the United States Embassy in Lusaka. We met with representatives from USAID, PEPFAR, the Peace Corps, and the CDC. We also met with the US Ambassador to...

  • The Abbottabad Commission: What Pakistan Must Learn After the bin Laden Raid Read more: The Abbotta

    In 1971, Pakistan suffered its worst military defeat to India. The war led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh — what had been East Pakistan, separated from the western wing by a thousand miles of Indian territory, and home to half the country’s population. In what remained of Pakistan, the humiliation prompted furious questions about the cruelties...

  • Putting Pakistan’s Politicians to a Piety Test: Are You Muslim Enough?

    When Pakistan’s politicians filed their nomination papers for the forthcoming elections on May 11, many were startled to find that they were being tested on whether they were pious enough to face the electorate. Judges from the lower courts, who are overseeing the scrutiny of candidates, quizzed them on whether they could recite particular Koranic verses from memory or...

  • Eko Free Health Mission Programme to Promote Primary Health Care System in Lagos State

    A neighbour told Mrs Omotayo Lola, who is in her fifties, that there was a free medical test and treatment being offered to people in Ayobo, a community in Lagos, where she resides. The following morning, she woke up early in order to seek treatment for her eyesight. “I have been here since about seven,” she says...

  • Parir es un acto político

    Intenté escribir un guión de entradas en este blog antes de empezar este viaje a Kenia al que nos ha invitado el International Reporting Project (IRP) con sede en la Johns Hopkins University de Washington, para dar una idea aquí del programa del que nos vamos a ocupar en estos próximos días....