Thursday, November 8

African development

The John Templeton Foundation asks several folks working on development issues the question "Will money solve Africa's development problems?". Some of the responses are less bland than others. I found the ones promoting local entrepreneurship the most fascinating - James Shikwati's and James Tooley's for example. (Though the private schools Tooley talks up seem more like an innovative stopgap solution rather than a sustainable one).

The link comes via Chris Blattman, of Yale and the Center for Global Development, whose blog I'd recommend if you're interested in African development. He also has a post a new exhibit of sculptures of child soldiers wearing Mexican wrestling masks. They're pretty cute.

Also the International Crisis Group are the latest to sound the alarm bell on Ethiopia and Eritrea going back to war. The summary is worth reading if you don't need the minutiae of the full report.

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