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Cable guy moderates Oxfam panel on African development

Yes, that’s your humble Cable guy leading a fascinating discussion on global development at the Newseum last Friday, put on by Oxfam America and featuring a keynote speech by Kenya’s legendary anti-corruption champion, John Githongo. "Ownership is ni sisi. It is up to us. It is us who own our problems. And it is us ...

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Yes, that's your humble Cable guy leading a fascinating discussion on global development at the Newseum last Friday, put on by Oxfam America and featuring a keynote speech by Kenya's legendary anti-corruption champion, John Githongo.

"Ownership is ni sisi. It is up to us. It is us who own our problems. And it is us who will come up with the solutions," Githongo, who now runs the NGO Inuka Kenya Trust, told the assembled crowd.

He was joined on the panel by Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser, Liberian Economic and Finance Minister Amara Konneh, and Esther Talla of the Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria.

Yes, that’s your humble Cable guy leading a fascinating discussion on global development at the Newseum last Friday, put on by Oxfam America and featuring a keynote speech by Kenya’s legendary anti-corruption champion, John Githongo.

"Ownership is ni sisi. It is up to us. It is us who own our problems. And it is us who will come up with the solutions," Githongo, who now runs the NGO Inuka Kenya Trust, told the assembled crowd.

He was joined on the panel by Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser, Liberian Economic and Finance Minister Amara Konneh, and Esther Talla of the Cameroon Coalition Against Malaria.

If you have 90 minutes or so, check out the entire event video below or here:

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Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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