Why Young People Can’t Get Jobs in Africa

by Karol Boudreaux 6.8 percent: that was July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for US workers ages 18–44. For those ages 18–24, the rate was 9.5 percent. That’s a high rate for young people. But if you were 20 years old and lived in Africa, you might be thrilled with an unemployment rate like that. Today, 60% …

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This App Helps African Farmers Secure Their Land Rights

by Karol Boudreaux In Ghana, a for-profit firm called LandMapp is “unlocking land’s value” by helping to secure farmer’s unofficial land rights. These farmers may have customary or traditional rights to their land, but in many cases these rights are not formally recognized. The company uses GPS-enabled smartphones to map the boundaries of farmers’ plots. …

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Interview with Karol Boudreaux on prospects for African economic development

“Americans tend not to think about very many places outside of America, so I’m not sure how many Americans are thinking about Africa,” said Karol Boudreaux, director of investments for the Omidyar Network, “but if they do think about Africa, I think it’s mostly in a humanitarian sense. It’s a shame if Americans don’t recognize …

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