Adrian Brune

  • 12 Lesser-Known African Militia Groups

    By Adrian Brune, 11:54 am AFKI Original

    The largest illegal foreign armed group operating in the DRC, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) largely consists of members of the Rwandan government and army ousted in 1994 as well as Rwandan refugees. It is believed that the group, with 2000 combatants in Eastern DRC, aims to overthrow Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Since colonization, armed militias of all stripes have operated in Africa, thriving on unemployment and poverty. Here are 12 lesser-known African militia groups.

  • Best And Worst Ebola Fundraisers To Benefit Africans

    By Adrian Brune, 9:03 am AFKI Original

    Plenty of drivers in Los Angeles bought Barack Ebola bumper stickers, which feature the famous Obama “O” in the word “Ebola,” to coincide with the U.S. president’s visit to Los Angeles in October. Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at actor Gwynth Paltrow’s home. Paltrow played the lead in “Contagion,” a 2011 movie about an incurable virus that killed thousands of U.S. citizens. In 2014, fundraisers were held on unprecedented scale for victims of a disease. Here are some of the most notable Ebola fundraisers to benefit Africans.

  • Christmas With A Conscience: 12 Top NGOs In Africa For Gift Giving

    By Adrian Brune, 2:35 pm

    Many healthcare NGOs exist in Africa, but dirt roads and other obstacles often prevent them from reaching villages in time to save lives. Riders for Health provides reliable, cheap and practical transport services for health-centered organizations across sub-Saharan Africa — most often motorcycles. The NGO employs mechanics in seven countries. For the holidays can purchase very cool T-shirts, hats, Christmas cards, or a fortnight’s worth of fuel and a toolkit. If you like Christmas with a conscience, here are 12 top NGOs in Africa for gift giving.

  • Some Of The Best-Read Tabloid Front Pages In Africa

    By Adrian Brune, 11:46 am AFKI Original

    When South African President Nelson Mandela died in December, his widow, the usually outspoken Winnie Mandela, initially remained silent after she was left out of the will. Then the Oct. 15 edition of the Daily Sun ran this headline: “Winnie Goes To War.” According to the report, “the Mother of the Nation has decided to fight for the house in Qunu!” Britain doesn’t have the monopoly on aggressive tabloids. Here are some of the best-read tabloid front pages in Africa in recent years.

  • In The Wake Of Ebola, An African Music Wave Thrives

    By Adrian Brune, 3:33 pm AFKI Original

    During early April, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars – one of Africa’s best-known bands to make a successful go in the United States – embarked on a tour of the country, which could possibly last through the summer.

  • Jikokoa: Keeping Africa Clean One Cookstove At A Time

    By Adrian Brune, 3:03 am AFKI Original

    While 24 years ago, Peter Scott, the chief executive at BURN Manufacturing – a clean cookstove business in Nairobi – could not have predicted the severe environmental impact on the nation, he realized something needed to be done when he arrived in the country. Scott didn’t have the idea for BURN’s Jikokoa – a fuel-efficient charcoal cookstove – for another seven years.

  • How A U.S. Foundation Helps Human Rights In South Africa

    By Adrian Brune, 11:53 am AFKI Original

    In South Africa’s young democracy, there’s a growing area of law practice holding companies accountable for human rights of their customers, potential customers and employees. As the HIV/AIDS crisis ravaged South Africa, multinational pharmaceutical companies vowed to help. They came up with a cocktail of antiretroviral drugs that arrested the disease’s progression.

  • Business In A Beehive Bringing Extra Income To African Farmers

    By Adrian Brune, 11:57 am AFKI Original

    In 2001, Farouk Jiwa and a team of agricultural investors arrived in Nairobi, Kenya with a mission: to start a direct buying program for locally produced honey. Word started to spread among local farmers. One-by-one or in small families, beekeepers started arriving carrying tins of honey to sell. “One man said he had walked for more than six miles carrying a bag of four-liter tins of honey just so he could sell them,” said Alexei Bezborodov with Honey Care Africa.

  • I-Dev Fuels African Self Starters With Business Acumen

    By Adrian Brune, 10:54 am AFKI Original

    When Patricia Chin-Sweeney began her consultancy in East Africa, she looked for big contracts from global development finance organizations with an eye to reducing poverty. Once landing in Kenya, however, she discovered many local entrepreneurs had innovative ideas for solving their own problems and the technical know-how to execute them.