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Bongo Flava: Boosting East Africa’s Creative Economy

In attempts to meet an estimated 68 million jobs needed by 2020 in the Greater Horn of East Africa (Somalia, Sudan Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Eritrea, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo), The Aga Khan University of Arts and Sciences (AKU FAS) is working on boosting the creative economy through a new university in Tanzania.

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Sources:

Society for International Development, July 2010 pg. 6
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SID_July2010.pdf#page=6


Bongo Flava:
http://www.bongoflava.com/history.html

Music by Ali Kiba (perhaps the most popular Bongo Flava artist)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laQnWp4S5Ro&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1AbydZaV1M

Image Source and Music by artist Lady Jay Dee:
http://www.okayafrica.com/stories/bongo-flava-an-amalgamation-of-all-genres-of-music/

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COMACO, making markets and conservation work together

Some wildlife conservationists are now being criticized for not acknowledging the cost-benefit analysis for local communities. When asking a local community to stop all game hunting, you risk undermining their economy and create potential for poaching if you do not provide an alternative source of income. This is exactly what has been happening throughout Africa ever since traditional hunting practices were outlawed.

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