Mirjam Vossen (the Netherlands, 49) travelled to Africa for the first time twenty years ago and she keeps coming back. Mirjam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Science in International Development. She currently is a PhD candidate, working on the framing of global poverty in the European media. Her research is driven by her concern about the one-sided and often needlessly negative way in which Africa is portrayed in the European media. As a journalist for the Ndirande Slum Project she can practice what she preaches: find unexpected and innovative ways to 'frame' the stories about Africa and its people.
Slums, as many Westerners think, are a huge obstacle to development. This project challenges this idea, showing that slums can be an engine for poverty eradication.