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Nita Bhalla

East Africa Correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nita Bhalla is East Africa Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is a former Reuters political and general news correspondent and has worked in India, east and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Nita started her career in 1999 with the BBC in Ethiopia.

December 06, 2023

Britain has signed a new deal with Rwanda in an attempt to overcome a top court decision to block its plan to deport asylum seekers to the east African country.

Under the new treaty, signed by British Home Secretary James Cleverly, Britain said Rwanda would not expel asylum seekers to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened - one of the court's major concerns.

October 16, 2023

Hundreds of Africans tasked with scouring platforms such as Facebook, TikTok and ChatGPT for graphic content have joined the continent's first union for content moderators, but organisers say some fear losing their jobs if their membership is revealed.

The union was established in Nairobi in May with the help of former Facebook moderator and whistleblower Daniel Motaung, who experienced firsthand both the mental toll of this gruelling work, and the challenges of holding Big Tech to account.

September 27, 2023

Africa has become a hotspot for surveillance technology exports from countries including the U.S., Britain, China, Israel as well as the European Union, according to new research published this week.

Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Malawi and Zambia spend more than $1bn every year on surveillance technology, estimates a report by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the African Digital Rights Network (ADRN).

September 25, 2023

Cleaners, couriers and cabbies from around the world are creating new apps to better balance their gig work with the chores of motherhood and marriage, skirting sexist algorithms that penalise women who put home before work.

From Brazil to South Africa, female gig workers are on a mission to design, build and own their own apps to counter what they see as entrenched sexism on existing job platforms.

July 19, 2023

An agreement aimed at easing global food price rises by enabling Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports expired this week after Russia said it will suspend its participation.

The United Nations and Turkey brokered the initiative last year to help ease a global food crisis worsened by Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and blockade of its Black Sea ports.

July 13, 2023

In a world of competing conflicts, Sudan ranks low when it comes to getting the outside help its population so badly needs.

Three months into factional fighting that has upended life - shutting hospitals and schools, emptying shelves and banks - foreign donors have coughed up only half the funds Khartoum called for to weather the crisis.

June 30, 2023

At the age of 39, Faith Nkatha Gitonga is way ahead of the game.

In just over a decade, the Kenyan fintech professional- turned-digital whizz has built an impressive resume including top jobs at digital payments company, Cellulant, and computer technology giant, Oracle.

June 08, 2023

Beatrice Oriyo laughed out loud when asked if there was a playground where her three children could play near her home in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest informal settlement.

"There's nothing like that here," the 34-year-old Oriyo told Context by phone from the one-roomed corrugated iron home that she rents for 6,000 Kenyan Shillings ($43.18) a month.

May 24, 2023

Lilian Makau was 17 when she started having sex with an older man in her neighbourhood in Kenya in exchange for something she desperately needed but could rarely afford: sanitary pads.

Within months, she was pregnant and had to quit school to look after the baby, her dreams of becoming a doctor shattered.

"It's the issue of pads that got me into this mess," Makau, now 20, told Context.

April 26, 2023

The taxi industry is one of the most gender-skewed professions in the world. The situation is slightly better when it comes to ride-hailing apps like Uber, but that comes with its own problems: women are paid less than men, platforms have been sued over safety, and working in the gig economy is precarious.