Tag: Africa

 

Springtime for the Data Revolution

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Overthrowing the unsatisfactory data status quo depends on more than declarations and calls to coordinate and partner. As we and others have noted (here and here), more and better funding is what’s needed to deliver on a data revolution.  

Bravo to the US for Supporting Africa’s Own Center for Disease Control

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On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry signed an agreement with the African Union to help establish the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African CDC will take on a role similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, and work to prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks on the continent. 

The Man Who Almost Doubled Nigeria’s GDP

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The seed of today’s podcast was planted back in April 2014. That’s when Nigeria made a statistical change to the way it calculates its GDP. Overnight, Nigeria’s GDP estimate shot up by 89%, making it the biggest economy in Africa.

Natural Resource Revenue in Tanzania – Justin Sandefur

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What would you do if you suddenly came into a lot of money? That’s what several African governments are thinking about right now – after the discovery of huge natural gas deposits. Tanzania’s reserves could yield the kind of revenues that might alter the course of the country’s development. At that level, the decisions become harder and more crucial. In this CGD podcast, research fellow Justin Sandefur describes a unique project underway right now that asks thousands of ordinary Tanzanians how they think potential resource revenues should be used. 

Ben Leo Testifies on Modernizing the US Approach to Promoting Economic Engagement in Africa

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In testimony last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, CGD’s Ben Leo called upon Congress to modernize how the United States supports economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The hearing was called to reflect on the progress since the August 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington and to address obstacles that continue to discourage greater private-sector engagement in the region.

Why Is Africa Underdeveloped?

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Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, believes that Africa’s development potential lies in the hands of Africans themselves and that underdevelopment is due to the lack of a suitably ambitious worldview.

Do Mobile Phone Surveys Work in Poor Countries?

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Update: This blog was updated on 3/11/2015 from the original version.

The days of pushing priorities, pet projects, or expat consultants on countries are coming to a close. Connected and increasingly empowered individuals are demanding a greater say in setting priorities, designing and implementing programs, and assessing whether projects have achieved their desired results. For those agencies that recognize this trend, the question is how to meaningfully and cost effectively engage citizens in real time. 

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