Alexis Barnes

  • Economic Consequences Of Child Marriage In Mozambique, And What It Will Take To End The Tradition

    child marriage in Mozambique By Alexis Barnes, 7:13 pm AFKI Original

    Pregnancy is a legitimate fear in Mozambique, where 48 percent of women were married by age 18. Child brides are more likely to be poor and stay poor. Mozambique recently joined Egypt, Zambia and Ethiopia as a growing number of governments develop strategies, on paper at least, to end child marriage. “It is a waste when half the population is not contributing to the prosperity of a country,” a stakeholder said.

  • One Acre Fund Strives to Pull Smallholder Farmers Out of Poverty

    By Alexis Barnes, 3:00 pm AFKI Original

    One Acre Fund (OAF) works in East Africa supplying smallholder farmers with training services, asset-based loaning of seeds, fertilizer and market facilitation. The organization, which is headquartered in Kenya, delivers these services directly to rural villages in not only Kenya but Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

  • U.S. Nonprofit Bridges Social Investment Gap for SA Entrepreneurs

    By Alexis Barnes, 1:08 pm AFKI Original

    Women’s Day in South Africa falls on August 9th of every year and commemorates the march and the impact women had in the fight against apartheid government. To honor Women’s Day, Shared Interest, a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to socioeconomic development in South Africa, held a reception full of South African women entrepreneurs and their products at the Kaia Wine Bar in downtown Manhattan on August 7th.

  • Editorial: 2014 World Cup Unrest, Inequality Echoes South African Games

    By Alexis Barnes, 12:14 pm AFKI Original

    Although there were initial misgivings in hosting the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, business, pop-culture and national leaders campaigned to bring the competition to the newly emancipated country. The games were ultimately a success. Stadiums were completed on deadline and social unrest didn’t disrupt the tournament, but turmoil preceding and following the matches echo the current situation in South America. Like all hallmark sporting events, financial output is mainly to blame for the unrest.

  • Q&A: Purification Company Tests the Waters of Point of Use Technology

    By Alexis Barnes, 12:11 pm AFKI Original

    While most NGOs and nonprofits work hard on the continent to drill wells and increase access to water sources, HaloPure focuses on sanitizing water in individual homes through the use of purification technology. The mother company, HaloSource, was founded in 1998 by a University of Michigan professor of microbioloigy, Dr. Jeffrey F. Williams. Williams assembled a team of scientists and industry experts to bring innovative purification technology worldwide.

  • Water, Farming & Finance: Community Non-Profits Impact Sustainable Business

    By Alexis Barnes, 12:08 pm AFKI Original

    Through a microfinance program, water and irrigation initiatives, community-based non-profits encourage business and independence throughout Africa. Non-profits like The Samburu Project, Project Mercy and The Hunger Project aim to equip African farmers, women and entrepreneurs with the skills to support themselves and their communities.

  • Q&A: Sustainable Farming Technology Will Improve Yields in Uganda

    By Alexis Barnes, 10:11 am AFKI Original

    At the opening panel of the ICT for Agriculture 2013 conference (ICT4ag13) in Kigali, Rwanda, executive director Michael Hailu said that agriculture in Africa employs 65 percent of the labor force and contributes to 62 percent of the gross domestic product. However, according to Hailu, Africa imports approximately $50 billion in food products a year.

  • Q&A: Barbara Birungi Paves New Roads for Uganda’s Women in Tech

    By Alexis Barnes, 12:08 pm AFKI Original

    Uganda is experiencing a technological revival with the capitol, Kampala, at the forefront of development. Minister for Information, Communications and Technology, Eng. John Nasasira, opened the Government BPO Incubation Center at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics House last month, creating employment and identifying the need for incubators. The nation also received the 2013 African Development Bank’s eHealth award for its mTrac health management system, an SMS-based mobile connection that has sped up response time and health provider accountability in the country.