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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:

Live online discussion on Niger

The Washington Post will be hosting today at 2 PM EST a live online discussion on the continuing food crisis in Niger. Submit your questions and comments in advance. Washington Post foreign correspondent Craig Timberg will be answering your questions.

Grow trees, young man!

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:

Online contest: pro-poor market-based strategies

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.

Connecting the Poor to Economic Growth: Eight Key Questions

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:

Fighting corruption: a series

Paul Onapa of Transparency International Uganda wants more focus on the supply of bribes - the private sector. No complaints here, but fans of Robert Klitgaard may recall his famous formula for corruption:

Corruption = monopoly - accountability + discretion

Africa should follow China online

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:

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