17 Dec '12, 6pm

Africans Donate Heaters to Fight Cold in Norway

Africans Donate Heaters to Fight Cold in Norway

A friend who works in international development was recently out for dinner with some American and African colleagues. She reported that her African co-workers took great delight in busting some of the Americans' stereotypes about their home continent. I paraphrase, because I wasn't there, but the reported conversation went something like this: American software engineer: "It's so cool that you guys now have cell phone technology like ours too." African software engineer: "Like yours? Yes, but with better coverage. And I can use my cell phone to buy a beer at my favorite rural bar." From the spread of distributed solar power in Kenya to the potential for collaborative consumption in Africa , we do our best to cover some of the under-the-radar innovation and success stories that can be found all over Africa and other so-called "developing nations". Yet the media stereotypes...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/africans-donate-heaters...

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