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31st December Women’s Movement (Women’s Issues)

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Recommended because this site is a non-governmental organization whose membership included 2.5 million women of all social conditions above the 18 years of age. Its President is Nana Kanadu Agyeman Rawlings, former first lady of Ghana. Start by clicking on the About Us link. Once here, visitors can read about the purpose and mission of the organization. For additional perspective on this site, you can read the article “First Lady Syndrome and the Marginalization of Women from Power”, from the link on the homepage of African History in this module.

Abantu for Development (Development/Women)

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Recommended because this organization focuses on providing information and advice regarding the mobilization of resources towards sustainable development in Africa. The strategic plan for 2001-2004 focuses on gender issues. This organization also produces a publication titled “Gender and Policy Matters.” This publication focuses on the gender implications of policy and is published quarterly. Start by visiting the About Us link. Here, visitors can learn more about the organization’s objectives and goals. Reviewed by Andre Patterson, 4/2002.

Africa Action (Michigan) (Human Rights/Advocacy)

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Recommended because this site includes information about issues and actions in Africa. Topics and materials included in this site are documents of Africa’s right to health campaign, economy and development, democracy and human rights, peace and security, women’s rights, education in and about Africa, landmines, democracy in Nigeria, and Southern African Floods, and relevant links in each topics. Start by visiting the Landmines section, since it has links to key sites and documents with further information on the campaign to ban landmines and the global landmines crisis. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/23/02.

Africa Policy Information Center – African Women’s Rights

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Recommended because this site provides policy oriented reports on African women’s health, political involvement, human rights and links to related sites. APIC is based in Washington, D.C. Start by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on any of the topics of interest. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

Africa South of the Sahara (Stanford) (Environment/Human Rights/Women/Development)

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Recommended because this site is an excellent resource – providing a plethora of annotated links on African countries and current topics in Africa. serves as a starting point provides a list of numerous links of websites on African countries and current topics in Africa. Start by selecting a specific region, country or topic. Due to the large quantity of information available, it is wise to be as specific as possible regarding the desired information. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/23/02.

Africa Update Vol. VII, no. 3 (Summer 2000) Nigerian Culture and Society

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Recommended because this site has articles by Dr. Olayemi Akinwumi on “Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria”: Notes on the Yoruba ‘Alajapa’ and ‘Alarobo’. Africa Update is the newsletter of Central Connecticut State’s African Studies Program. Reviewed by John Metzler 7/2002.

AfricaFocus Bulletin

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Recommended because this website features high-quality analysis and progressive advocacy on African issues, with particular attention to priority issues affecting the entire continent, such as HIV/AIDS, refugees and conflict, debt and trade, and democratization. The heart of the website consists of issues of AfricaFocus Bulletin. Both web and bulletin are independent, and not subsidized by any government, foundation, or organization. Articles provide concise but thorough summaries of a given issue, with key excerpts from media, government and other press releases and documents. Start by going to the home page to browse current issues, or to choose a country and search the archives.

African Human Rights Resource Center of University of Minnesota (Illinois)

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Recommended because it serves as a collection of internet resources on human rights issues. Start by visiting the Africa Human Rights . Once here, visitors can access a variety of links focusing on human rights in Africa. Reviewed by Andre Patterson, 4/2002.

African Wildlife Foundation (Environment)

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Recommended because this site seeks to provide information about conserving African wildlife and its natural habitats. Start by reading any of the current news stories listed under the “News and Features” section. Reviewed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Outreach Program .

African Women Resources (Michigan State) (Women’s Rights)

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Recommended because it hosts a collection of links on African women and women’s rights/issues. Start by visiting the Great African Queens link. Once here, visitors can experience the power, the glory, the splendor, the greatness, the intelligence and the beauty of Great African Queens, the makers and creators of the world first known high civilizations.(Explanation provided by website). Be aware of the fact that some links are not working. Reviewed by Andre Patterson, 4/2002.

Afrol.com (Women’s Issues)

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Recommended because it is a source for obtaining regional specific news from Africa. In addition, articles are available on African women from various sources (UNICEF, World Bank, IPS, etc). Based in Oslo, Norway. Start by clicking on the Gender-Women link. Once here, visitors can access current news stories relevant to women in Africa. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

AFWOSCHO (Women’s Issues)

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Recommended because it is a discussion group open to anyone who is interested in African women’s issues. Sponsored by the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS), based at Indiana University, Indianapolis campus. To subscribe, send email to listserv@listserv.iupui.edu. Leave the subject area blank. In the Message area, put: subscribe afwoscho and your name. Start by clicking the Women link. Once here, visitors can access a variety of annotated links concerning issues of importance to women in Africa. Be aware of of the fact that some links may not be working, and that the website was last revised in 2001.

Agenda (Durban, South Africa) (Feminist Journal)

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Recommended because this an online quarterly feminist journal. The site contains a table of contents of recent issues. One can receive by email, a fact sheet on workshops, conferences, web sites, print publications, etc.

All Africa.com (Women’s News)

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Recommended because this online source provides very current news stories from a variety of African news sources about and for women. Start by clicking on the country of interest as it pertains to women in Africa. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

Media Type: Book

Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this outstanding website gives students the opportunity to examine the impact of conflicts throughout the world, with focus on such African countries as Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. In addition to the audio interviews with teenage refugees now living in the US, the site provides well-developed lesson plans for classrooms to develop understanding and empathy on teenage refugees, child soldiers, and other issues. Students can click on individual students’ stories, follow a time line, and read background articles on various conflicts.

Bridge, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) (Gender Issues)

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Recommended because this online resource provides reports, country gender profiles, etc. Has the full text of their quarterly, Development and Gender in Brief. Has some full text reports in Adobe PDF format such as BRIDGE On-Line Reports, 1998, 127pp. Start by clicking on Development and Gender In Brief (Issue 14). This issue is devoted to examine how the ideas of citizenship can promote gender equity. Be aware of the fact that this online resource is available in English , French and Spanish. In addition, the documents can be accessed in a html, pdf or word format. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

CAIR – The Council on American Islamic Relations

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Recommended because of its coverage of current issues within the Muslim community of America. It also includes materials and information on Islam and Muslims for outreach purposes. Links to local chapter CAIR representatives and speaker information is also available. Start by reading the section on About Islam . There are also materials available for reasonable prices with information that can be used in the classroom or in curriculum development.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Child Soldiers

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This UNICEF page describes how child soldiers are being integrated back into society in Chad.  There are also links on the right side for additional information and articles related to the situation of child soldiers in Chad.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Child Soldiers-Coalition to Stop Their Use

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this website provides an overview of the issues surrounding child soldiers in such countries as Sudan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, the DRC and elsewhere. The organization’s goal is to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation, and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Start by going to the link resources for schools for information geared more to children. The coalition is developing lesson plans on this issue.

Delta Force (1995. Catha Films Production for Channel Four (UK), 54 minutes.)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this video chronicles events in the mid-1990s when the Ogoni people of southwestern Nigeria stepped up their efforts to oppose environmental pollution caused by the extraction of oil by Royal Dutch Shell in the Niger Delta. Nigeria’s military regime responded with extensive military operations, in particular targeting supporters of MOSOP (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People) and its leader, the prominent writer Ken Saro-Wiwa who was executed for his efforts November 10, 1995.

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Earthlife Africa (Environment)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a South African environmental organization. The site includes information about signing up for an email list regarding environmental concerns in South Africa and fact sheets that can be downloaded. Start by clicking on the News link. Once here, visitors can access the latest news from Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s campaigns. Reviewed by the
University of Wisconsin-Madison Afircan Studies Outreach Center.

Electronic Outreach re Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Many U.S. Title VI Centers for International and Area Studies are developing electronic databases for teachers. Scroll down this page to find several exciting new resources on Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Environmental Issues

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Recommended because this site highlights some of the environmental concerns that has an affect on all of us — from what we do, to what we don’t do. Topics and materials included in this site are external articles, web sites reports and analysis on environmental issues including biodiversity, genetic engineering of food, human population, global warming, and animal and nature conservation. Be aware of the fact this site is a part of “Global Issues that Affect Everyone” dealing with other global issues such as trade related issues, geopolitics, and human rights issues. Recommended for high school students.
Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 8/13/03.

Female Circumcision Africa Update (Female Issues)

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Recommended because this site contains four articles on female circumcision in the Spring 1996 issue. Start by clicking on the article titled Female Circumcision in Africa. This article provides a broad but concise description of the practice of female circumcision in Africa. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

Female Genital Cutting Education and Networking Page (Women’s Issues)

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Recommended because this page is dedicated to research pertaining to and related to Female Genital Cutting. Includes a papers on FGM in different countries, the archives of the discussion group, FGM-L and links to other information. To subscribe to FGM-L, send email to: subscribe. Start by clicking on the link titled Articles and Discussions. This section of the website provides the visitor with access to different in-depth perspectives related to female gential cutting. Reviewed by John Metzler, 7/2002.

FINCA International

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Recommended because this microfinance organization practices its “village banking” methodology with very poor women in Africa (and elsewhere) as a means of reducing poverty. Participants gradually build up savings, credit and investment in their small businesses, supported by solidarity groups of which they are members. The site provides details on how this works in various African settings. This and other like projects are excellent examples of sustainable development among Africa’s poor.

Forum for African Women Educationalists (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site aims to support girls and women’s education for development. Topics and materials included in this site are printable articles about girls and women in Africa, newsletters by Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), and individual profile of activities in accordance to the needs of the school and the community (Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania). Start by visiting the FAWE Newsletters section, as it provides printable articles about various aspects of girls in education. Reviewed by Masataka Kasai, 4/2002.

Greenpeace International

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Recommended because of its resources and work on environmental issues such as climate change, forests, oceans, nuclear energy, toxic wastes, trade and environment, and the effects of conflict.  Start by examining What we do and Multimedia  to get a sense of its resources through links to topics and to videos, webcams of Greenpeace ships and photo essays. Be aware  that Greenpeace is an advocacy organization with specific goals. Some visuals may not be appropriate for younger students. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Human Rights Watch: Africa (Michigan) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because this site provides current news of human rights issues in Africa. Topics and materials included in this site are current news of human rights issues in Africa. Be aware that this site also presents information about human rights issues in countries around the world and global issues including Arms, Children’s rights, Women’s rights, Refugees, International Justices, or Prisons.

Interaction

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Recommended because this is the largest alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian non-governmental organizations, most of which work in Africa or on issues affecting Africa. In addition to their individual work in poverty reduction and justice issues, the coalition gives collective voice on issues of common concern. Start by going to Interaction’s member list to get a sense of the 160 organizations, and to pursue links to them. Africa issues are also listed under “What’s New”.

International Organization for Migration

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Recommended because the site encompasses a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. Topics about migration include assisted returns, counter-trafficking, labour migration, migration health, movements, mass information, and technical cooperation on migration, migration policy and research programme, working group on gender issues, individual portraits, and links to relevant program and project web sites. Start with Media to see photo essays an videos of stories of people and places.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.

Lost Wild Worlds: The Story of Extinct and Vanishing Wildlife of the Eastern Hemisphere

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides a survey of the past and present wildlife, with separate chapters on Africa. For reference use by teachers and middle/high school students.

Citation: Robert M. McClung. New York: Morrow (1976).

Media Type: Book

One World: Global Justice Online

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One World focuses on climate change and its effect on countries across the world.  It uses internet and mobile phone applications to help some of the world’s poorest people to improve their lives and helps students everywhere understand global problems and see ways to do something about them.  Check out the Guides (by country) and MobileforGood.  Sections on Kenya, India, Morocco, and Senegal may be of interest. Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Oxfam Cool Planet for Teachers

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it aims to bring the global dimension into the classroom, including concepts of global citizenship. With reference to Africa Start by going to the on the line project , which looks at daily life, food, dance, sports, and other issues from the perspectives of kids in Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana , Algeria, and Mali. Visuals are excellent and the text geared to elementary school children. Through the Ghana link, there is a link to a cocoa site and game “Chokky bikkies” (chocolate biscuits)which teaches children about the gains from production and trade of chocolate. For slightly older children, go to
the coffee chain game , which looks at how the coffee trade affects Ugandans who grow it. Be aware of the fact that this is geared to teachers and students in the British Isles, so some terms (“chokky bikkies”) may need some getting used to. Many sections are also available in French.

Peoples and Their Environments Series

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it includes the follwoing books suitable for grades K-5: “Peoples of the Savanna” — a description of the interrelationship between the peoples, plants and animals of the African grasslands, focusing on the Fulani people of West Africa, the Herero people of Southern Africa, and the Massai people of East Africa. “Peoples of the Rain Forest” — an overview of people, plants, and animals living in rain forest environments and the challenges they face, including the Mbuti people who live in the Ituri rain forest in Central Africa. “Peoples of the Desert” — an introduction to the natural wonders of desert ecology and two peoples who make their living in desert environments, the San in the Kalahari of Southern Africa and the Tuaregs in the Sahara of Northern Africa. Be aware of the following books which are also available: “Peoples of the River Valley” — a description of human, animal, and plant life in river valleys, including the Omo people of East Africa’s Omo River Valley; “Wildlife Alert! The Struggle to Survive” by Gene S. Stuart; “National Geographic Society: Books for World Explorers” (1980). Recommended because it examines the threat to wildlife throughout the world due to habitat depletion, poaching, over hunting, illegal trade, poisoning and pollution, and what can be done to stop the destruction. Included are African species such as elephants, gorillas, cheetahs, giraffes, leopards, and rhinoceroses. Beautiful photos make this an appropriate resource for all grade levels with text appropriate for middle school students.

Citation: Robert Low. New York: PowerKids Press (1996).

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Population Reference Bureau

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended as a leader in providing timely and objective information on population trends (see Datafinder) and their implications as the world population exceeds 7 billion. Sections include focus areas, topics, and regions, datafinder, quickfacts, and PRB library. There are specific pages for educators and journalists,  Start with Datafinder for graphics and stats and Educators which provides lesson plans, resource guides, US in the world, etc. QuickFacts is also recommended since it provides information by topics related to population issues such as education, gender, population trends.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12

 

Relief Web

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Recommended because this website, managed by the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs, provides a wealth of information on regional crises in Africa and elsewhere in the world. The site provides background information and analyses of conflict and humanitarian disasters, funding appeals and professional resources (including job postings). The site has a vast array of maps detailing refugee movements, food and health situations, combattant areas and other variables for affected countries and regions. Start by taking the tour of the site, listed under Headlines, to learn how to best navigate the site.

Taxi to Timbuktu. (1994).

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it offers an intimate portrait of a man’s life at home and abroad, and the communities he is a part of. Unlike many films professing sympathy for the wretched of the earth, Taxi to Timbuktu offers a glimpse of African poverty that emphasizes peoples enormous resourcefulness and creativity. Although some students may find the video hard to follow or even tedious, its slow pace is also its strength, as the complexity of peoples lives comes into focus. There is no narration to the film, so little context is offered to explain the roots of poverty in Mali, but in his commentary, Alpha suggests some of the colonial roots to the desertification of his country.

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The African Conservation Foundation (Pennsylvania) (Environment)

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Recommended because this site supports and links African conservation initiatives, groups and NGOs, with the aim to strengthen their capacity, build partnerships and promote effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts. Topics and materials included in this site are in-depth information from project network as well as conservation databases, interactive knowledge base, discussion forums, many other resources.

The Environmental Internet Guide (Environment)

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Recommended because it is a detailed site on environmental issues worldwide. A new article each week on an environmental topic with associated internet links. As it pertains to Africa, type “Africa” in the search box to read related stories.

The World Wildlife Fund, International(Conservation/Environment)

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Recommended because it provides information about the work the fund is doing in all over the world. Information about Wildlife publications are also available from the site. Start by clicking on the Africa link under the “Where we Work” menu.

UNICEF The State of the World’s Children

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Recommended because of its many resources on the world’s children, their issues and lives.  See reports on the state of the world’s children along with many other publications, information by country, and other topics.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Water in Africa: Peace Corps (Wisconsin) (Environment)

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Recommended because this site offers information reflecting the deep connection of water to all aspects of life in African countries. Topics and materials included in this site are general information about African countries, maps of African countries, stories characterizing the interconnectedness of water in the daily lives of African people and the Volunteers who serve in their countries, photos representing the best of more than 3000 images submitted by the Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Africa, the collection of resources from over 90 Volunteers serving in African countries, and lesson plans. Be aware that you can subscribe a monthly e-mail news about updated data or information from peace corps.

Wildnet Africa (Conservation/Environment)

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Recommended because the site provides travel information, includes wildlife news and a kid’s corner with photos and games. Topics and materials included in this site are “Experience and learn more about Africa,” “Discover exciting destinations in Africa,” “Stay on track with African Wildlife,” and some fun games.

Women’s World: An Organization for Rights, Literature, and Development

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Recommended because Women’s World Organization for Rights, Literature, and Development, or Women’s WORLD, researches, explores, and educates the public about the scope and prevalence of gender-based censorship. It works to have this problem redefined as a human rights abuse that violates the right to free expression of more than half the world’s population.

Wonders of the African World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Recommended because this website explores the great African civilizations of Nubia, the Great Zimbabwe, Timbuktu, Ethiopia, the Swahili Coast, and the Kingdoms of Dahomey and the Ashanti. The website was constructed by Henry Louis Gates, a Harvard historian, to parallel his PBS/BBC video series exploring these themes. The site works to illuminate the achievements of Africans in these civilizations, and to debunk earlier historical bias or oversight of them. Gates examines this history and the questions it raises from an African-American perspective, in such sections as What Africa Means to Me . Start by reading through the home page and the Wonders page to get a general overview and click on the site map of Africa. Specific to Ghana, go to the Slave Kingdoms . Be sure to visit the sections for kids and classroom for lesson plans. 

You Think!

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a very easy-to-navigate educational tool developed for teachers and student research on environmental, financial, social, political and cultural issues across the world.  There is information on MDGs, AIDS, climate change, corruption, education, energy, food & agriculture, gender, health, information & communications, international trade, natural resources, population, poverty, private sector development, sustainable development, urbanization, water & sanitation, and more. Start by checking out Issues, Multimedia and For Teachers.  Reviewed by Merry Merryfield 1/3/12.