- Tens of thousands of Malians flee to neighboring countries (including Burkina) due to attacks by a Tuareg rebel group in northern Mali.
- sOccket – a soccer ball that doubles as a portable generator.
- Burkina Faso didn’t fair too well in Gallop’s African household lighting survey – with only 8% of respondents reporting households with grid supplied power for lighting. Also third from the bottom in cell phone ownership.
- Melinda Gates and Nicholas Kristof answer some questions about development in a three part series. Part I, Part II, and Part III.
- The OLPC $100 tablet for the developing world.
- 12 reasons to date a Peace Corps Volunteer.
- Three jailed in Burkina over vulture voodoo smuggling.
- A new high-speed (2mb/s) Wi-Fi service is launching in Ouagadougou through Telcel, though I’m doubting the “high speed” claim until I see it. Why the doubt? Things like this: Burkina Faso telecom operators were fined $5.4 million for poor service. The wi-fi network is supposedly coming to Bobo and Koudougou later this year as well.
- Philanthropy action has an interview on microenterprise with David McKenzie, economist at the World Bank.
- Fellow Burkina PCV Jason put up a number of cool Burkina historical maps.
- Global’s list of the top-100 NGOs.