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African economies can overtake Switzerland

When battling with jet-lag most people take sleeping pills, watch TV, or toss and turn in bed. Economists, however, put their sleepless nights to better use. The IFC’s Chief Economist, Michael Klein, tinkered with the Doing Business database in the middle of a sleepless night in Johannesburg and created a hypothetical African country which adopted the best African practice on each of the Doing Business indicators.

Private health insurance in Africa

The New York Times offers us 'Neglected poor in Africa make their own safety nets':

Plans in which neighbors come together and create their own makeshift health coverage are the rage in Africa, particularly in the continent's west. Here, the plans now have a significant presence in 11 countries and membership has grown beyond 200,000 people.

Private education under the radar

James Tooley argues that private education is cheaper and more effective than public education.

For instance, in Lagos State, the mean maths score advantage over government schools was about 15 and 19 percentage points more respectively in private registered and unregistered schools, while in English it was 23 and 30 percentage points more.

Cameroon's beer bottle currency

Cameroon is one of the top-five markets for Guinness in the world, thanks in part to Africa's own James Bond, Michael Power. (Remind me to tell you about my appearance at red-carpet premiere of the Michael Power film, Critical Assignment.) Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that beer bottletops are now serving as currency in Cameroon:


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