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10 years 4 months ago

<p>I was recently asked to comment on the outlook in 2009 for African economies in the face of a sudden downturn in commodity prices and within the broader context of the ongoing global economic crisis. It occurs to me that my responses might deserve a wider audience, hence this article.<br /><br />First of all, let us keep things in perspective. It is true that recent falls in commodity prices amount to about 30% from 2007 peaks according to some respectable estimates.&nbsp; But the more fundamental issue is that Sub-Saharan Africa's share of...


10 years 4 months ago

<p>She is a graduate of the prestigious Raymond Ackermann Academy at Africa's leading business school, the University of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business.</p>
<p>She is a tried and tested Entrepreneur with a habit of never saying, "I give up!"</p>
<p>She is out on a mission to transform African development with chocolate.</p>
<p>Yep, that brown silky stuff that turns gooey above 30 degrees Celsius and is, by many accounts, the closest thing to heaven for the female of the species.</p>...


10 years 5 months ago

<p>Andrew Keen has been on the Pr circuit again. Yes, he of the Cult of the Amateur fame.</p>
<p>I tuned into the BBC World Service radio to pass time during a boring break, and there he was, casting aspersions on the Blogosphere in his upper-class lilt.</p>
<p>He started mundanely enough, expressing what seemed like well-founded concerns about the political programs that may underwrite some 'participatory models' of internet media. He appeared to be cautioning against any usurpation of public space in the pursuit of parochial political interests, and I found...


10 years 5 months ago

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<p>Picture the scene.</p>
<p>It is early 2009. The great and good of Africa are gathered at one of their usual grand soirees. Maybe a side event at the UN, or just as likely the main piece of the AU. Mugabe has the mike.</p>
<p>His beginning remarks are fairly mundane enough: a rallying call for Africans to rise up to their own destiny. There is even some scattered applause led, naturally, by the Libyan delegation. Then he switches into customary gear, railing against sanctions and...


10 years 6 months ago

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<p class="MsoNormal">Indur Goklany works part of the time for the American Federal Government. Which I presume is like saying Al Gore works for Apple. The public persona of Dr. Goklany is defined by other commitments.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The Electrical Engineer turned world leader in public policy analysis is known more for his incessant, unrelenting, insistence on objective, empirical, analysis as the bedrock of sound economics-informed political discussion....


10 years 7 months ago

<p>The <a href="http://www.neweconomics.org">New Economics Foundation</a> (NEF)&nbsp; has always intrigued me. <br /> <br /> For the past two decades the London-based think tank has shown an amazing ability to reinvent <a href="http://www.economyprofessor.com/economictheories/malthusian-population-t...">Malthusian </a>and <a href="...


10 years 7 months ago

<p>You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that &lsquo;intellectual property (IP)&rsquo; is a phrase that comes up only when Big Business is venting its fat spleen on poor Indian peasants trying to eke out a living by harvesting some <a href="http://www.american.edu/ted/basmati.htm">supposedly patented basmati</a></p>
<p>The truth though is that many SMEs may benefit from having IP strategies skillfully aligned with their overall business model. Some of such SMEs may even also concurrently deploy BoP...