EU, which promised heavy increases in aid to persuade poor countries to sign new trade agreements, is still below trend to meet its 2010 targets.
A new research paper finds that simple hand washing and point-of-use water treatment outperform traditional community-level water provision systems in preventing diarrheal diseases, which kill 2 million children in developing countries per year.
Almost 80 percent of all business in Uganda are SMEs. The bad news: most of them "do not live past their first anniversary."
[In Algeria] public-sector managers who leave their posts for jobs in the private sector will be liable to severe penalties, including prison terms of six months to a year and fines of up to AD500,000 (US $6,900), according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette on March 13th. The decree states that managers in state-owned enterprises wanting to work in the private sector must first spend two years unemployed.
William Easterly writes in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal (subscription required):
Economists involved in Africa then and now undervalued free markets, instead coming up with one of the worst ideas ever: state direction by the states least able to direct.
The brand new report The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid quantifies the BOP market for water—3.96 billion people paying an estimated $20 billion annually.
This market is strongly segmented with the poorest - annual income below $1500 - footing over 50 percent of the BOP water bill in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uganda. In Nigeria, 22 million of lowest-income households spend $444 million.
With Africa loosing an estimated $150 billion per year through corruption, the 5th Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity, held in South Africa between April 2 and 5, should have its work cut out. We'll be watching.
When the Maasai husband of Tanzanian veterinarian Dr. Victoria Kusiyumbe died, he did something extraordinary: he left her a cow named Sero.