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Sustainable human resource development in Africa

Dr Kenneth Keirstead is of South African origin and a graduate of the Pathology Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also graduated from two advanced education institutions in the US in executive management (College of William and Mary and Columbia University). After more than three decades in senior research and management positions with multinational companies, he specialised in public health care policy, followed by […]

General Opinions

Interview with Faith Macharia, National Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Kenya Chapter

  The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan-African non-governmental organisation founded in 1992 to promote girls’ and women’s education in sub-Saharan Africa in line with the Millennium Goal of Education for All. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, FAWE has a network of national chapters in 32 countries.


Partnerships for development in Africa

Tim Unwin (born 1955) is Professor of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Programme Director of the World Economic Forum’s Partnerships for Education initiative with UNESCO. From 2001-2004 he led the UK Prime Minister’s Imfundo: Partnership for IT in Education initiative based within the UK’s Department for International Development. In 2004 he established an ICT4D collective ( at Royal Holloway, University of […]


Online learning resources for agriculture and natural resources management

The CGIAR was created in 1971. Today more than 8,500 CGIAR scientists and staff are working in over 100 countries, addressing every critical component of the agricultural sector including agroforestry, biodiversity, food, forage and tree crops, pro-environment farming techniques, fisheries, forestry, livestock, food policies, and agricultural research services. Thirteen of the Centres are headquartered in developing countries.


Refurbished computers for Africa

Gladys Muhunyo is Africa Programme Manager at Computer Aid International and oversees an expanding programme of work in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. “Having previously worked for organisations that received PCs from Computer Aid, I knew that they were of the highest quality available”, she comments, “so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to contribute to the effort as […]


Learning and knowledge sharing for developing countries

  Dr Monika Weber-Fahr is a manager at the World Bank Institute (WBI), heading up the Institute’s efforts in the multimedia arena and in coordinating the World Bank’s engagement with Global Development Learning (GDLN). The WBI is part of the World Bank and focuses solely on designing and delivering learning and knowledge sharing activities for developing country participants. The Institute reaches about to 100,000 […]


eLearning to boost economies in Africa

  Prof. Thomson Sinkala is the Management Coordinator of Ipembo Campus ( and lectures at the University of Zambia. He is also the Managing Director of Thomro Investments Ltd. ( and Biomass Development PLC, a recently established firm that focuses on the biodiesel industry ( Since 1999, Prof. Sinkala has been Head of eLearning for the Southern African Network for Training and Research in […]


eLearning and the teacher education in sub-Saharan Africa

TESSA is being led by The Open University (UK) and a consortium of African and international organisations. The UK’s Department for Education and Skills (DfES) provided funds for the preliminary planning phase of the project. The substantive development work has been funded by a donation from The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and donations from alumni of […]


Voices from Africa – Gertjan van Stam, Macha, Zambia

Among the various jobs Gertjan van Stam does is to work as the Technical Director of MIAM and as an ICT expert for Churches Health Association of Zambia and to serve as a trustee of Flying Mission in Zambia. Previously he held positions as an international business development manager and strategist at KPN, the incumbent telecom operator in the Netherlands. He also operated his […]


eLearning Africa Interview with Dr. Mor Seck, Director, SENEGAL DLC, Senegal

      Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help to democratise Africa, says Mor Seck, who heads the Senegal Global Distance Learning centre of the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). With more than twenty years of experience in the public sector and in higher education, Dr. Seck is an ardent supporter of ICT for education and training. He will be one […]