Blog entries from: AfricaCan End Poverty


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October 20 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Oct 20 2014, 12:15:00

The southern fringes of the Sahara desert host rugged lands where mankind has thrived for more than a millennium. In this vast panorama, the Inner Niger Delta stands out: In a region where limited rainfall is a fact of life, the Delta is a natural dam and irrigation scheme whose flood plain creates a grazing and cropping perimeter that at its peak can reach 30,000 km2 and sustains about 900,000 people.  

If the Niger Delta did not exist, it is likely we'd be brainstorming ways to build a manmade structure to do the work the Delta does naturally.

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October 16 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Oct 16 2014, 11:02:00

You could be forgiven if you found deworming to be something of an enigma.  Some have hailed it as one of the most cost effective interventions for improving school participation in developing countries. Yet two recent review papers, drawing together the lessons from many studies, find insignificant effects of deworming on learning specifically and only uncertain evidence on cognition more generally.  How could this be?

The short answer is that, until a few months ago, both views could be right. I explain why in this 7-minute talk highlighting my recent research.

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October 14 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Oct 14 2014, 15:59:00

A rural village in Benin ©Arne Hoel/World Bank

A couple years ago I returned to Dovi, my maternal village, for the first time since my middle school years in the mid-1970s. Located in the highly fertile Oueme River Valley, the village at that time was one of the most affluent parts of Central Benin, the breadbasket of Agonlin region. It had the second largest market and one of the best primary schools in the country.

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October 8 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Wed Oct 8 2014, 17:42:00

Inequality is of concern for at least three reasons. First, lower inequality per se is an objective for a decent society. Second, lower inequality improves the efficiency of economic growth in achieving poverty reduction. Third, high inequality impedes growth itself, through its impact on social cohesion and the investment climate.

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October 6 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Oct 6 2014, 16:06:00

"I am always hungry, as oftentimes my family and I skip meals. I want to go to school like my friends, but my parents always say it is too expensive. If I go to school, then I can't work to help them buy food, and then I am hungry again. I am helpless when it comes to changing my situation, I have no voice and there are few people that see things the way I do."

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September 30 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Sep 30 2014, 09:56:10

​En tant qu'économiste, spécialisé dans le secteur de l'éducation à la Banque mondiale, je passe souvent en revue  de nombreuses stratégies pays ou sectorielles dissertant sur la meilleure façon de développer l'Afrique et d'y atteindre une croissance économique élevée.

 

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September 29 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Mon Sep 29 2014, 15:49:00

​From my seat as an Education economist at the World Bank, I go through a number of strategies from countries and sectors in Africa outlining how best to achieve economic growth and development. I am repeatedly struck by a key question: Who will do it? Who will add value to African exports? Who will build? Who will invent? Who will cure? The answer is, of course, that graduates from African universities and training institutions should do it. But the problem is one of numbers and quality--there are simply not enough graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and programs are of uneven quality.

 

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September 24 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Wed Sep 24 2014, 10:56:00

The World Bank's new Agriculture Global Practice hosted President Kufuor and his colleagues from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).  Here, Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, argued that science has unbounded potential to contribute to Africa's agricultural transformation for the benefit of all Africans and the environment.

 

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September 18 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Sep 18 2014, 23:53:00

Agricultural transformation is a priority for Africa. Across the continent, the significant information needs of farmers--accurate local weather forecasts, relevant advice on agricultural practices and input use, real time price information and market logistics--remain largely unmet. To the extent that rural regions are typically sparsely populated with limited infrastructure and dispersed markets, the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) overcome some of these information asymmetries and connect farmers to opportunities that weren't necessarily available to them earlier. Harnessing the rapid growth of digital technologies holds hope for transformative agricultural development. 

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September 11 2014

From AfricaCan End Poverty Thu Sep 11 2014, 23:20:00

Tanzania has undoubtedly performed well over the past decade, with growth that has averaged approximately 7% per year, thanks to the emergence of a few strategic areas such as communication, finance, construction, and transport. However, this remarkable performance may not be enough to provide a sufficient number of decent or productive jobs to a fast-growing population that will double in the next 15 years. With a current workforce of about 20 million workers and an unemployment rate of only 2%, the challenge for Tanzanians clearly does not lie with securing a job. Rather, it is to secure a job with decent earnings.

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