The Washington Post article, The Rise of a Market Mentality Means Many Go Hungry in Niger, has generated a lot of heat in the blogosphere. Here's an extract:
Andrew Heavens of the beautiful Meskel Square blog writes with affection about the Blue Donkey cabs of Addis Ababa, and the little economic ecosystem that has grown up around them:
Kenyan blogger Bankelele is a big fan of trees, predicting...
...profits of between 1 million and 6 million shillings per acre ($13,000 - $80,000 per acre) all from an initial crop of tree seedlings that can be bought for about 10 shillings each.
If these returns are real, why haven't they been competed away? The risks include fire, pests and insecure property rights:
Changemakers.net is hosting an exciting new online contest:
Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Initiative and Changemakers have launched a global search for innovative market-based strategies from both businesses and citizen sector organizations that improve the lives of low-income individuals in different parts of the world.
Sarah Lucas and Peter Timmer offer eight questions to ask if you want to understand the connection between economic growth and poverty reduction. It does help if potential employers are legally allowed to give the excluded a try:
Website effectiveness consultant David Bowen reflects on all the recent discussion about how Africa’s entrepreneurs can play a key role in changing the continent’s future. However, when he goes online to find evidence of African IT-entrepreneurship he finds very little to be optimistic about:
In the current Economist there is an excellent (and long) article on what the development community has tried to do for Africa, the lessons learnt, and what is needed going forward. The article is a good synthesis of much of the recent academic research, but is also full of very telling concrete examples and tidbits. One of their stronger arguments is that size does matter in development, and that grand macro-solutions can often fail to address the nagging micro-foundations and constraints.