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Branson opens African entrepreneurship school

Billionaire impresario Richard Branson has announced the opening of a free “school of entrepreneurship” at CIDA City Campus in South Africa - already a shining example of educational creativity.

Rapping (and singing) for privatization

Ebboraps In late 2002, Tanzania was looking to privatize major companies affecting many people. People needed to understand in detail the benefits of these privatizations. The Government turned to a popular rapper and Maasai warrior.

Leveraging knowledge for investment

Reymond Voutier, Executive Chairman of eNotus, will be participating in a discussion on ‘Leveraging Knowledge for Investment in Africa: The eNotus Framework’ at the World Bank this coming Thursday, from 12:30-2:00 pm. Discussants from the World Bank side will be Axel Peuker, Manager in the investment climate unit, and Peter Mousley, lead PSD specialist in the Africa region – both great speakers. If you are in D.C.

Open source software and development

Was walking down the hall upstairs and came across “Open Source Software: Perspectives for Development” by Paul Dravis. Still leafing through it, but the ‘open’ vs. ‘proprietary’ software debate is sure to play an increasing role in future development discussions. This short note includes case-studies from Brazil, Tajikistan, India, and Laos.

Donkey business

Russell Hay, a British businessman, is no stranger to asininity. While living in Namibia, he has twice driven into a donkey. On a lonely northern stretch, he swerved to avoid one, only to see it flattened by a lorry behind him.

Earlier this year, he and a friend set up Donkey Welfare of Namibia. With the Namibian government's blessing, the British outfit is planning to make donkeys glow in the dark by attaching reflective tags to their ears.


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