Alison Maitland writes in the Financial Times:
For nearly two years, [Unilever] has allowed Oxfam to probe and analyse its socio-economic impact in one very large country, Indonesia, where it sells soap, soy sauce, ice cream and mosquito coils to consumers, more than half of whom live on less than $2 a day.
Very interesting, although there is the occassional bizarre comment:
The Wingbeat Project, a collaborative venture for gathering innovative ideas on how to solve various problems of our day such as environmental conservation, urban renewal, homelessness, etc. Since the organizers are big on free markets and thus understand incentives, there’s also a modest cash prize as an incentive for contributing.
Check out the MCA Monitor Blog. It's a bit wonky, but the first port of call for information about the innovative Millennium Challenge Account. One recent post:
Sleepless in Sudan has some suggestions for those of us sitting around at home feeling vaguely guilty about rapes and beatings on the other side of the planet:
Critical to Africa’s economic growth problem is a lack of the managerial skills needed to grow successful firms. By providing firms with a stronger pool of trained managers, African business schools can help foster a healthy private sector.
So say Guy Pfefferman and Brent Chrite in our new online discussion. I respond: