Blog entries from: AfricaCan End Poverty


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July 22 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Jul 22 2014, 15:28:00

Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald's, the fast food chain operates around 34,000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), however, - a region of 48 countries and almost a billion people - only South Africa and Mauritius have been able to attract this global food chain.

 

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July 14 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Jul 14 2014, 14:05:00

When it comes to helping young women in Africa with both economic and social opportunity, what does the evidence tell us?  Broadcaster Georges Collinet sat down with researchers and policymakers to discuss the hard evidence behind two programs that have succeeded in giving girls a better chance at getting started in their adult lives.

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July 7 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Jul 7 2014, 12:20:00

Women are less productive farmers than men in Sub-Saharan Africa. A new evidence-based policy report from the World Bank and the ONE Campaign, Leveling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa, shows just how large these gender gaps are. In Ethiopia, for example, women produce 23% less per hectare than men. While this finding might not be a "big" counter-intuitive idea (or a particularly new one), it's a costly reality that has big implications for women and their children, households, and national economies.

The policy prescription for Africa's gender gap has seemed straightforward: help women access the same amounts of productive resources (including farm inputs) as men and they will achieve similar farm yields. Numerous flagship reports and academic papers have made ...

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July 3 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Jul 3 2014, 18:21:00

After a successful set of consultations around Africa's pre-eminent gathering of water experts, policy makers, and civil society, the Cooperation in International Waters (CIWA) program is back from the 5th Annual Water Week (AWW) convened by the African Ministers' Council on Water in Dakar in late May.

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June 30 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Jun 30 2014, 16:59:00

Despite Africa's great diversity of cultures and climates, countries on the continent often speak the same language when it comes to tackling common development challenges. Senegal and Uganda recently did just that, teaming up to exchange best practices to boost agricultural productivity and employment on both sides of the continent.

I witnessed this knowledge exchange firsthand as I accompanied a Ugandan delegation led by Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Uganda's minister of finance, planning, and economic development, on its visit to Senegal. Their core mission was to seek out innovative ways to boost economic growth and create job opportunities for the country's burgeoning youth, a challenge faced by Uganda and Senegal alike. As both countries continue to experience an increase in urbanization and ...

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June 26 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Jun 26 2014, 17:01:00

Lors d'une récente conférence intitulée Africa Big Ideas, des experts de la Banque mondiale s'étaient fixés pour objectif de bouleverser les idées reçues sur l'Afrique. Marcelo Giugale, directeur des programmes de politique économique et de lutte contre la pauvreté pour la Région Afrique de la Banque mondiale, a rappelé comment les transferts conditionnels en espèces, soit le principe de donner de l'argent liquide aux pauvres, inauguré voici plus de 20 ans au Mexique, avait suscité l'hostilité de nombreux experts du développement, y compris à la Banque mondiale. Aujourd'hui, ce dispositif en place dans plus de 70 pays en développement a fait ses preuves et ...

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From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Jun 26 2014, 16:25:00

A big idea can be rejected. It might be illegal. It might mean political suicide. In the words of Marcelo Giugale, the World Bank's director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programs for Africa, challenging conventional wisdom isn't always easy. But in the realm of big ideas, the risk is part of the reward.

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June 24 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Jun 24 2014, 02:01:01

Is bigger always better? Economists have long debated what size firms are more likely to drive business expansion and job creation. In industrial countries like the United States, small (young) firms contribute up to two-thirds of all net job creation and account for a predominant share of innovation. (Source: McKinsey, Restarting the US small-business growth engine, November 2012). In developing countries, evidence from Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar shows that the vast majority of small operators remain small, and so are unlikely to create many decent jobs over time [Source: World Bank, Youth Employment, 2014]. By contrast, 'big' enterprises are seen as the best providers of employment opportunities and new technologies.

The difference in role and performance of small firms in developing ...

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June 23 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Jun 23 2014, 10:07:00

 

Une petite fille joue avec un pneu de bicyclette dans le bidonville de Korogocho,à Nairobi au Kenya @Fondation Gates

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From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Jun 23 2014, 00:16:00

Photo Credit: @Gates Foundation. A girl plays with a bicycle tire in the slum of Korogocho, one of the largest slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya

 

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