Let us start with the classic (borderline cliché) development proverb: if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, but if he is taught how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. It was this analogy that got conversation started at the latest Technology Salon, “Are Mobile Money Cash Transfers the Future of Development?” Development practitioners and researchers alike...

Natural disasters – such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones and floods – are costly to society, in terms of both human destruction and financial losses. Governments ultimately bear the full cost of the havoc wreaked by natural disasters, which can create an enormous strain on limited government budgets, especially in developing countries. This is even before...

Youth make up 17 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s unemployed, according to the International Labor Organization. A number of factors combine to make sustainable, decent employment an enormous challenge for youth the world over, including low levels of education and technical skills, slow job growth, lack of information about available...

Conflict and post-conflict countries traumatized by years of instability are not commonly thought of as a source for entrepreneurial talent. Nonetheless, even under the most difficult circumstances, incredible entrepreneurial and innovative talent can and does surface. According to the World Bank’s Fragile and Conflict Situations unit, one in four people in the world...

Francis Stevens George. Written in 1993. Has not been updated The question of economic motivation is fundamental to economic development. This has become more so when we the vibrant, almost succeed or die attitude of the Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese, South Koreans for example. Although the factors are complex, few would argue that this relentless zeal for individual economic...

Africa’s educational challenges are not fundamentally different from those of the rest of the world, although they are more basic and urgent – and they can, at times, feel more overwhelming. Go to Source Tags: Aid and Development, africa, Economic development ...

A change in mindset is needed, in which African agriculture is seen as a business opportunity, not a charity sector. Go to Source Tags: Agriculture, africa, Economic development ...