The ancient El Ghriba Synagogue, also known as the Djerba Synagogue, is located on the Tunisian island of Djerba. It is situated in the Jewish village of Hara Seghira, several kilometres southwest of Houmt Souk, the capital of Djerba.
Built in the Moorish architectural style, it is also Africa’s oldest synagogue. The name “El Ghriba” means “the marvelous”, or “the strange”, in Arabic.
- Nikki Gionvanni (via westindians)
- Pema Chödrön (via peaceful-wanderer)
The economic prospects of the continent are looking up according to the World Bank. By 2015, our growth could outstrip the rest of the world and maintain a steady 5% climb. While this may not seem like a lot, 5% is purportedly enough to lift significant citizens, of many nations, out of poverty. Much of that growth has been attributed to high prices of commodities, i.e. all those industries the Chinese government has invested in and currently has a foot in. Still other sources of growth are the programs being implemented by nations, and local governments on the ground.
More interesting is that the cross-continental growth is not based on one model copied over and over for each succeeding nation. For example, Rwanda’s agricultural industry has seen an increase in maize and cereal from 2006 to 2011 as a result of a government program that offered low cost fertilizer to subsistence farmers who pooled their plots of land together with other farmers and specialized in growing one crop. Innovations like that in governance and creative incentive structures based on clear knowledge of a particular nation’s citizens are some of the hallmarks of successful growth programs.