Unlearning Green Revolution



The development community has been crowing of late about the obvious need to revamp African agricultural practices. Not since colonial times has it been so easy to blame small peasant farmers for the continent’s develo...


The Art of Sharing


When Amazon was founded in 1994 and eBay the following year, they harnessed the connectivity of the Internet to create new, more efficient markets. In the beginning, that meant new ways of buying and selling books and co...


Banking Better Through POS


A Point of Sale (POS) terminal is a device that provides customers of banks with access to financial transactions in public places. This machine solves the problem of carrying cash for the customers and decreases cash ma...


Bottled Risk


Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water - including everything from “purified spring water” to flavoured water and w...


A New Road to Growth


There is no bigger policy challenge preoccupying leaders around the world than meeting the need to expand participation in the benefits of economic growth and globalisation. Indeed, a geographically and ideologically div...


The Internet of Things


Within the next five years, using mobile devices simply for communication will seem outdated. The Internet of Things (IoT) will allow consumers to interact with nearly every appliance and device they own. Your refrige...


Automated Restructuring


It seems obvious that if a business invests in automation, its workforce - though possibly reduced - will be more productive. So why do the statistics tell a different story? In advanced economies, where plenty of...


Oil’s New Equilibrum


Oil prices have been heading south again, with a barrel of US crude recently falling below 42 dollars - the lowest level since March 2009, the nadir of the global financial crisis. And, while last year’s sharp price dr...


Why Obama’s South Sudan Approach Is Flawed


Critics of President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement believe his position is that any deal is better than no deal. He seems to be taking that same stance in dealing with the horrifying civil war in South Sudan...


Untaxed Globalisation


Most of the world’s governments - eager to mobilise more tax revenues to finance development and curb pervasive tax-avoidance schemes, such as those revealed in the Luxembourg Leaks scandal last year - have an interes...


Snags of Transformation


In the last decade, Africa has seen a remarkable turnaround. Africa's real gross domestic product (GDP) has more than doubled since 2000, and in 2014, six of the world's 10 fastest-growing countries were in sub-Saharan A...


Dreams versus Targets


In 1950, people in South Korea and Pakistan earned roughly the same amount of money annually. Today, the two countries are scarcely comparable. South Korean’s per capita income has grown 23-fold since then, while Pak...


A Call for Action


The past 15 years have yielded unprecedented gains in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger, with emerging economies heralding record economic growth. The number of people living in extreme poverty is half of what...


The Biofuel Myth


Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in the fight against climate change. But others view biofue...


The Illicit Outflow Havoc


How is it that some of the countries endowed with enormous natural resource wealth remain some of the poorest nations in the world? Global Financial Integrity (GFI) estimates that developing and emerging economies los...


Towards Good Enough Governance


Development and improved governance have tended to go hand in hand. But, contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that success in implementing governance reforms leads to more rapid and inclusive economic and...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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