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May 24, 2011

Recently, The Economist painted a fairly bleak picture of the recent Chinese surge of investment in Africa. Deborah Brautigam, an expert in such issues, offers a blistering critique of the Economist’s article, listing multiple ways in which it presented facts either exaggerated or just plain wrong. 

Speaking of The Economist, it has an interesting article about how, due to new technologies many poor countries can just skip the manufacturing stages of development and go straight to services

 Traditional services such as trade, hotels, restaurants and public administration remain largely bound by the old constraints. But modern services, such as software development, call centres and outsourced business processes (from insurance claims to transcribing medical records), use skilled workers, exploit economies of scale and can be exported. In other words, they are just like manufacturing. If that is the case, then poor countries should be able to go straight from agriculture to services, leapfrogging manufacturing.

Models of (Social) Change (MoC’s), an experiment in Tanzania: “Evolution…The Four Powers…Transitions to Accountability…Drivers of Change and Importance of Alliances…Granularity/Local Political Economy Analysis…Positive Deviance

Can the Moroccan monarchy resist political reforms in the name of “good governance”? The people I talked to in Marrakech and Rabat loved their king, but nevertheless wanted serious political reform.

Developing Country remittances (money immigrants send back to their families in developing nations), which have risen dramatically over the past 10 years and took a hit during the financial crises, have reached their pre-crises levels.  Tolerant immigration policies are one of the best ways to promote international development.

It is estimated that 48 women are raped per hour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The dominant narrative is that this rape is used as a systematic method of war. Yet new evidence resists such simple explanations. The causes are far more complex than we had thought

It is only by adapting a more balanced understanding of the Congo’s political, economic, and humanitarian challenges that we can be in a position to undertake a far more daunting, and more important, challenge than studying DRC sexual violence: doing something to stop it.

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