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  • Reply to: Killing the Zombie Statistic: Women Contribute 60-80 Percent of Labor in African Agriculture   2 months 4 days ago

    Thanks for this post. As a Senior Statistician in the Department of Statistics of the International Labour Organization, I have some questions regarding concept definitions and methods used to obtain the statistics in the article. The 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in October 2013 adopted a new Resolution concerning the measurement of work, employment and labour underutilization which, among other things, defined different forms of work including own-use production of goods (including subsistence foodstuff producers) separate from employment (which is now more narrowly defined as work for pay or profit) which is the new international statistical standard. The survey used for the statistics shared in the above article is best suited for measuring income (and poverty), but not for measuring employment and unpaid forms of work. The ILO is conducting pilot surveys in 10 countries across the globe to help us provide more specific guidelines to countries to implement the 19th ICLS Resolution.

  • Reply to: Higher Salaries Can Worsen Corruption   2 months 5 days ago

    Here comes the role of institutions!

  • Reply to: Building financial capability in Rwanda   2 months 1 week ago

    Dear Douglas,

    Thank you for the article and updates about this program. For me I can say that this was a long awaited initiative building the capacity of both demand and supply side. I think this will improve more access to loans and other products uptake and usage. Loan officers and their client will have a kind of common understanding i.e the client will be in position to ask as many questions as possible before making a choice of an appropriate financial product on the other side this initiative will render loan officer work easier as He/She will be dealing with someone financially educated! With no doubt the pilot phase will be successful! Can't wait the whole program implemented. Together for Access to Finance. Esperance

  • Reply to: Building financial capability in Rwanda   2 months 1 week ago

    Hola Douglas,
    It is highly probable that the videocartoons will work like they did in 10 Latinamerican countries on our former PROMIFIN experience (implemented by Triodos Facet (now ENCLUDE). Worth to mention that the Board Game had excellent aceptation in Ethiopia and hope that in the future can also be explored in Rwanda.
    Juan Vega

  • Reply to: Feeding West Africa: An Agenda for Regional Trade   2 months 1 week ago

    Mango season this year was so short. There is a story there. I don't know what happened.
    Regional trade - I wish. I wish for prosperity, peace, growth, diversification, more more beauty...