Oxfam Uses Absurd Metrics, Gets Absurd Results

by Chelsea Follett Every year, Oxfam releases a report meant to shock the public about the extent of income and wealth inequality. This year’s report claims that the eight richest people on Earth have as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population (3.6 out of 7.2 billion people). That’s certainly shocking. It’s also profoundly …

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Uganda can learn from Vietnam’s coffee market success

Astrid R.N. Haas, International Growth Centre Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the …

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How to Lazily Dig a Well in Africa

By Eileen L. Wittig As a 20-something coffee drinker, I decided I “needed” my own coffee mug at work. I was no longer content to use the office ones because they were not ~personal~ enough, and millennials are all about ~personal~ and ~self-expression~ so I set out on a search. I could go to Target, …

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Insights into the benefits of mobile money in Kenya

Sarah Logan, International Growth Centre A recently published study on the long-run effects of mobile money on economic outcomes in Kenya provides some valuable insights that will benefit economic development and financial inclusion policies across Africa. The study found that increased access to mobile money has reduced poverty in Kenya, particularly among female-headed households. Rapid …

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Oxfam is Wrong About How to Alleviate Poverty

by Tim Worstall As it’s Davos time, Oxfam has issued its traditional demand for a handout.  Their wealth report this year informs us that a mere eight people have more wealth than the bottom 50 per cent of the world’s population. This is entirely true of course. But Oxfam’s solution is that we should take it from the …

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