Chinese Investment in Africa [1280x1254]
South Sudan looking to deal with Sudan to pour oil on troubled waters
People in Leer county hard hit by South Sudan’s oil shutdown hope the rapprochement with Sudan will lead to better times
Do resource extraction and the legacy of colonialism keep poor countries poor?
In our second feature on development thinking, we examine economist Andre Gunder Frank and his dependency theory
Retreat, rekindle, refound
Why are peoples behaviours changing?
a) Because the system sucks. It no longer supports them and cannot provide them with the prosperity they are looking for and b), they can use network technologies to help them organise and come up with a workaround that functions for them.
In advanced economies, where markets and institutions have evolved to take the place of, or correct for, the need for old-school survival strategies, these new network tools make it easy to rekindle and refound these skills for the 21st century, with people clustering around projects and ideas and then jetting off to cluster around someone or something else. And in so doing, they can eschew the cannibalistic capitalism that is mercilessly chowing down on anything and anyone in its path.
UK arms sales and immigration policy hit commitment to development rating
Britain is the only G7 country in the Commitment to Development Index top 10 – but questions over arms sales to undemocratic governments are driving down its rating
Niger’s nomadic herdsmen: mobile phones and camel markets – in pictures
Following the rains has long been the traditional way of life for Niger’s nomadic herdsmen and their families, but drought is sucking the desert economy dry and forcing many to sell their much prized livestock at the markets in Bermo to survive
Putting vacant space to use, in the meantime
Patience, I hear, is a virtue. I wouldn’t know; I am an impatient person by nature. While parenthood and living for a year in a Mediterranean country have done wonders to temper this, impatience remains intrinsic to my DNA. Lately I’ve been thinking, though, that maybe patience is overrated. As I live and work in some of the Chicago neighborhoods hit hardest by economic recession, I see the effects of our collective patience every day.
I see it reflected in our “all or nothing” focus: public funding and systems of recognition – like grand openings and awards – go toward the full realization of a space. Up and down the streets of our neighborhoods, it is clear that we view the use of space in one of two ways: its highest and best use, or nothing at all. That is, either a corner in North Lawndale becomes a newly constructed, multi-family affordable apartment building, or it stays a bunch of trash-strewn vacant lots.
The Economic Secret of Vacant City Spaces
Most of us feel attached to our neighborhoods, but can this emotional connection help fuel local economies? According to a multi-year study byGallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the answer is yes: Communities with high levels of attachment actually have higher local GDP growth.
Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists
Water scarcity’s effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050
Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities,” finds the world’s squatter sites — where a billion people now make their homes — to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.
To research his new book, “Stealth of Nations,” Robert Neuwirth spent four years among street vendors, smugglers and “informal” import/export firms.
Scientists urge sustainable development of Namibia’s newly found aquifer
The aquifer straddling the border with Angola could provide water for 400 years, but despite the excitement scientists warn it is not a panacea for Namibia
Cities and Economic Development
Urban areas are the most productive parts of the developing world, yet concentrated urban poverty presents some of the biggest policy challenges. This debate will address the potential and the challenges of economic development in urban areas.
Is the 0.7% aid target still relevant?
The commitment made by ‘economically advanced countries’ to spend 0.7% of their gross national income on aid may no longer be a major factor in the progress of developing countries