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More Swing Sets for Africa

Fighting malaria is going to take more than just nets

The Media was Right… Bad Luck Causes Most Cancers in Nigeria!

Boko Haram and the Politics of Fighting Jihadists in Nigeria

South Sudanese Refugees Flood into Northwestern Uganda

Crowd-sourcing African Technology Projects

Understanding Witchcraft Accusations in Africa


African Futures Project Events





African Futures Resources


The IEET’s African Futures Project was started in 2012 as a multifaceted program to develop our understanding of how emerging technologies, combined with human rights and democratic empowerment, are transforming Africa, the poorest region of the world.

The project started with two separate initiatives, the first an accumulation of the intellectual thoughts and dreams of academic scholars and policy leaders, and the second a program aimed to empower ordinary Africans by putting communication devices in their hands.

In 2013, the IEET is relaunching the African Futures Project, and building on these established initiatives to support a revisioned mission for the project that focuses on the former goal of sustainable development for Africa.

Therefore, the new mission of the IEET’s African Futures Project is to work to promote and distribute products, and partner with other scholars and organizations under the common goal of discussing, developing, and delivering sustainable technological advancements to Africa.

The IEET will start towards this mission by expanding the two current projects, Fone4U and the African Futures Essay Collective. For more information on these projects, please click on the links in your left-hand side bar. In the future of the project, other initiatives will be developed to assist in fully realizing the goals and mission of the African Futures Project.

It is also our goal is to use this website to not only collect videos and articles that relate to the project, but to also offer full transparency in the progress with our initiatives.

For more information on the project, or if you would like to submit articles or get involved with the African Futures Project, please email Kris at Kris@ieet.org.



Mar 5, 2015

More Swing Sets for Africa

by R. Dennis Hansen

On a recent trip (Jan/Feb 2015) to Uganda and Ethiopia, we installed 3 new swing sets, finished a wooden one that partially completed, and made a few repairs to several existing swings.  I love installing swing sets around the world.  It’s fun overcoming the logistical problems, and it’s great to see the kids having a fun time swinging back and forth.


Feb 12, 2015

Fighting malaria is going to take more than just nets

by Utibe Effiong

In January, the New York Times highlighted how insecticide treated nets meant to protect people from mosquitoes and malaria are now being used to haul fish in Africa. Among those using these nets to catch fish, hunger today is a bigger risk than malaria tomorrow.


Jan 28, 2015

The Media was Right… Bad Luck Causes Most Cancers in Nigeria!

by Utibe Effiong

The recent study in the journal Science, which suggested that most cancers are due to bad luck rather than lifestyle or environmental factors, generated massive media ripples. To summarize, authors Tomasetti and Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University say the “majority [of cancers] are due to “bad luck,” that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells”.


Jan 14, 2015

Boko Haram and the Politics of Fighting Jihadists in Nigeria

by Leo Igwe

As world leaders gathered at the French capital to march in solidarity with France following a brutal attack on its citizens by terrorists, something far more atrocious and horrifying in scale and severity unfolded in north-east Nigeria. Boko Haram militants massacred over 2000 persons, mainly women, children and elderly people.


Nov 26, 2014

South Sudanese Refugees Flood into Northwestern Uganda

by R. Dennis Hansen

This year (2014) alone, it is estimated that over 150,000 South Sudanese refugees will flood south into northwestern Uganda (the area around Arua).  This is the result of the fierce tribal and ethnic warfare going on in South Sudan.  Analyses of arrival profiles show that women and children continue to represent the vast majority of the new arrivals.


Nov 9, 2014

Crowd-sourcing African Technology Projects

by R. Dennis Hansen

“Approaches to reducing [global] suffering have traditionally been political or communitarian in nature.  However, something has been changing in recent decades; technological development has been accelerating making new approaches to old problems possible.”  This is particularly true when it comes to education and training in areas like Africa.


Oct 27, 2014

Understanding Witchcraft Accusations in Africa

by Leo Igwe

Skeptical activist Leo Igwe explains the developments that led to the situation in Africa where “witches” are still regularly persecuted and even murdered.


Oct 4, 2014

Ebola: The 2014 Outbreak Explained

The Daily Conversation

What you need to know about the 2014 outbreak of Ebola, the deadliest case of the virus in human history. It has already killed 3,000 people and is threatening to overwhelm West Africa.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening. On 9/30/2014, CDC confirmed, the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States.

Latest CDC Outbreak Information
Updated October 3, 2014

What's New

Updated October 3, 2014: Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus

October 2, 2014: HAN 371: Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

October 2, 2014: Ebola video: What Airline Crew and Staff Need to Know

- CDC

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Sep 25, 2014

Can Technology Help Save Africa?

by R. Dennis Hansen

Ray Kurzweil recently made the observation that:  “A kid in Africa has access to more information than the President of the United States did 15 years ago.”[1]  Since I try to spend at least one month a year in Africa (mostly in Uganda), this quote got me thinking.


Sep 12, 2014

Religion that causes violence

by Leo Igwe

For sometime now, humanists have preoccupied themselves with what I call the 'debate of the mind'. Atheists and skeptics have articulated excellent, awakening, enlightening and ground breaking ideas, debating the existence of god, debunking miracles, and questioning dogmas. Humanists have written best selling books. And indeed, some non theists have best selling ideas. But there is a tendency for humanists to focus so much on the debate of the mind or to be contented with the victories they have recorded, forgetting that the debate of the mind is not the entire debate, forgetting that there is another important debate. That is the debate of the heart.


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