Can a Free-Market Solution Solve Malawi’s Poverty Crisis?

by Ibrahim B. Anoba The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently reported that over 12 million Malawians could become poor by 2030 if poverty reduction rates remain the same. This is despite Malawi’s slight improvement in GDP per capita since 2004, and the implementation of numerous measures to counter poverty, including increased government spendings on infrastructure …

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World Bank shifts thinking on African university funding

By Jon Spaull     A “paradigm shift” is needed in African university funding, says World Bank education specialist Olatunde Adekola. In this film, he argues that funding should be linked to results. The film visits Nigeria to examine the World Bank’s Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project, which aims to turn the continent’s …

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African science drive raises duplication fear

By Puneet Kollipara [WASHINGTON DC] As research centres and partnerships mushroom in Africa, their funders increasingly tie money to results, addressing concerns that these efforts to boost the continent’s science are inefficient or overlap, a meeting heard. “There is a huge focus on results-based financing,” said Mariam Adil, economist for the Africa Education Unit at …

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What type of corruption is really hampering Nigeria’s economy?

Eniola Anuoluwapo Soyemi, Boston University There at least two important things to consider when examining the developmental trajectory of states when it comes to corruption. The first is that there are different types of corruption. The second is that the international community – at least through its media – looks on some types of corruption …

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After Obama comes the big challenge for Africa’s entrepreneurs

Antonio Malfense Fierro, University of Hull Though the tour of East Africa by the US president, Barack Obama, has wound up, the chatter about opportunities for foreign investment in the region continues unabated. Following Obama’s speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, a series of investments has been announced to help entrepreneurs across Kenya. …

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