Startup launches Somalia’s first motorcycle hailing app

Somali startup Gulivery has launched a new app called Go! which will connect motorcycle riders in Mogadishu with customers across the country's capital. Launched on May Day, the app is expected to bring affordable and convenient transport options to residents of the recovering seaside Somali city. According to Gulivery, the service is

Africa’s largest mosque has been completed …thanks to China

Algeria is set to open Africa's largest mosque, the Djama El Djazair, or the Great Mosque of Algiers. Constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), the mosque, built in the Algerian capital, is estimated to have cost two billion U.S. dollars to build. The mega mosque complex covers an area

What operating a free ambulance service is like in Somalia

“My dream is to reach every district, every village in the regions, everywhere in Somalia, so that my ambulances can reach there and serve them.” – Dr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, Founder of Aamin Ambulance Somalia’s only free ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance, is in need of funding for sustenance having operated for

Kenyan minister says famous flamingo park is ‘dead’

Kenya's tourism minister Najib Balala has warned that a park known worldwide for its flamingos and other wildlife is fast losing its glory, as its lake becomes polluted with raw sewerage, privately-owned newspaper Daily Nation reports. He said the numbers of the tall and pink wading birds, and wild animals like lions,

Capitalism is failing us all. Could Islamic economics be the answer?

Billionaire Ray Dalio, manager of the world's largest hedge fund Bridgewater, recently shocked the world when he announced that "capitalism is failing" and that a "revolution" is coming. There is no denying that global inequality is at unsustainable levels, and that interest-based economies are no longer fit for purpose (in many

First ever supermarket in Kenya’s Mandera county excites residents

A new supermarket is exciting residents of Mandera town on the Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia border after it opened its doors this week. El-Matt supermarket is the first ever one-stop store to set up shop in Mandera county. “I am happy that at last, we have a supermarket in Mandera. Previously, the nearest one was

World Bank to fund rehabilitation of slaughterhouses in northeast Kenya

The World Bank is planning to spend hundreds of millions of shillings on equipping slaughterhouses in four counties in northern Kenya, an official has said. The project is part of the efforts aimed at promoting local and export market for livestock products in Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo and Mandera counties. Kenya's Livestock Principal

Somalia needs debt cancellation now to give its children a chance

Meeting the children at a primary school in Baidoa town, in the southwestern Bay region of Somalia, my heart swelled with joy. As they showed me how they could say the days of the week in English, the teacher beamed, I felt so proud that the world's humanitarian response was

Djibouti loses court case to Dubai’s DP World venture

The London Court of International Arbitration has ordered the government of Djibouti to pay $385 million to a venture part-owned by Dubai-based global ports operator DP World over breach of contract. Djibouti was ordered o pay Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) the amount plus interest for breach of its exclusivity over port operations