Challenging the stereotypes of “Africa”

23/05/2014 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Regular readers of this blog will know that we are on a quest to change perceptions of “Africa”.

We have launched a news service, that focuses on the stories of real change on the African continent that do not get reported by mainstream media.

Called “The World’s Best News”, we are using social media to highlight the remarkable progress that many developing countries are making.

Have a look:

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Just to whet your appetite, here are some examples of what you will find there:

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Voters in Malawi queueing to cast their votes. The graph refers to the number of elections in African countries that led to a peaceful change of parliamentary majority or president. – See: http://www.economist.com/node/21531010

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Since 1995, the level of extreme poverty in the country has fallen from 61% to 31% and child mortality has plummeted. Read more here: http://www.one.org/c/international/datareport/4676/

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“Behind these numbers and statistics are real human stories. The stories of people whose lives have improved thanks to ICTs.” The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that by end 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users – two-thirds of them from the developing world. Read more at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47729#.U3s_J9K7ySp

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If you are interested in learning more about the reasons why we have started The World’s Best News, have a read of these articles:

 

 

So go on, click “Follow” on any of these:

http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/
http://instagram.com/worldsbestnews
https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldsBestNews
https://flipboard.com/section/the-world’s-best-news-bHsSV6

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