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Appropriate technologies get a boost

Peter Haas and his nonprofit AIDG have an excellent idea to bring low-tech solutions to basic problems of energy, water and sanitation in developing countries. Their first project is a 10-man shop in Guatemala that will build a 40-home microhydroelectric system as part of a UNDP contract. Since the workers are locals, they'll be around to fix it later. Haas envisions a network of self-sustaining businesses that build and repair low-cost technologies. Hats off.

Rwanda's miracle coffee beans

Visit Christian Science Monitor for a thoughtful profile of a Rwandan coffee cooperative that bridges the Hutu-Tutsi divide. Cooperatives like it are helping absorb the tens of thousands of prisoners being freed after serving time for acts of genocide, while contributing to Rwanda's 7% annual growth in GDP.

New blogger: Alex Burger

After much cajoling, Alex Burger has agreed to share with us some stories of his work in Chad and other parts of Africa. Based in Chad, he is a program manager for IFC’s Private Enterprise Partnership for Africa (PEP Africa). He and the IFC team are pioneering electronic bidding and helping Chadian entrepreneurs to gain contracts with large firms.

Fridays Academy: Economic Literacy Internet Course

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At the Poverty and Growth Program of the World Bank Institute we are organizing an E-learning course on "Economic Literacy for Civil Society", which will be based on the lecture notes we have been posting in the Fridays Academy series during the last few months.