what is haba na haba?
haba na haba started out as a team blog, but it seems I’m the only one left. Who am I? Kim Yi Dionne, aka @dadakim. I research about Africa, HIV/AIDS, health, development, ethnicity, and — most importantly — how politics plays a role in all of these contexts. I also teach about the aforementioned, as Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College. My employer, however, does not take any blame or shame associated with the opinions and information I present here.
The photo in the blog header was taken at Satemwa Tea Estate, Thyolo District, Malawi, in November 2008.
Here is the historic version of “what is haba na haba?”:
haba na haba is a blog on little things maintained by people interested in big change. the methali (swahili proverb) from which our blog derives its name is: haba na haba hujaza kibaba, translating in english to: little by little fills the measure.
the group of us blogging here met while volunteering in tanzania in 2004. now, we’re scattered around the world doing lots of different, but we think, interesting things. haba na haba was started in july 2007 with the intent to keep us in touch and to share information among us. of course, haba na haba is happy to have an audience beyond the friend-volunteers.