Melissa Batchelor Warnke

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Melissa Batchelor Warnke is a writer, editor, and researcher. She currently studies memory and design as a Fulbright fellow in Rwanda, serves as an editor at The Morning News, and writes nonfiction. In past lives, she worked for the Google Creative Lab, the Open Society Foundations' Africa Office, and the Save Darfur Coalition. Melissa has traveled to more than 25 countries, including six African countries. Musanze, Stone Town, New York, Budapest, Berlin, and Benares are her favorite cities.

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DOT Rwanda Is Accepting Applications: Here’s Your Guide to Get In

Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda, better known as DOT Rwanda, is one of the country’s hottest social enterprises, and they’re accepting applications for their 2016 internship program from Nov. 2 – Nov. 13. The program empowers 16-to-29-year-old Rwandese through technology and workplace training to help their communities. DOT interns launch new startups, fix failing businesses, and...


The Oxford Africa Conference is Happening Now! Here’s What You Need to Know

Today and tomorrow, hundreds of students, heads of state, Africanists, entrepreneurs, economists, and more will gather in Oxford, England, at the Oxford Africa Conference (OAC). They’ll discuss everything from African literature and identity to the role of energy in regional economies. Read on to learn how you can participate, no matter where you are! What is...


Uganda’s Most ‘Unreasonable’ Entrepreneur is Shaking Up East Africa’s Startup Scene

Joachim Ewechu is an unreasonable guy. It’s a badge he wears proudly. In fact, he heads up an institute dedicated to helping fellow unreasonable people. Ewechu is the CEO and cofounder of Unreasonable East Africa (UEA), an international business accelerator for entrepreneurs tackling pressing social and environmental challenges. UEA is part of the U.S.-based Unreasonable...


Career Jumping Is the New ‘Normal’ — Should You Make the Leap?

Career jumping has never been more common, experts say. In fact, the average American worker spends only 4.4 years at each job, according to a 2012 survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  There’s little hard data on the East African professional market, but we do know that the region has some of the highest...


In Co-Working Spaces, African Entrepreneurs Find Ways to Cut Costs and Pool Talent

The search for office space can turn any freelancer or entrepreneur into a cash-strapped Goldilocks, sorting through options that are too corporate, too expensive, or too large, but rarely “just right”. For the first few months of working for yourself, you might find yourself gleefully taking work calls from the couch or bathtub, or eating...