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Liberian rain forests protected under Norway deal

Liberia is expected to become the first African country to stop cutting down its forests in a landmark deal with Norway.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, September 23, 2014 5:52 AM

Excellent example here of cooperation between one of the poorest countries in the world and - by some measures - the richest. 

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Forget the BRICs; Meet the PINEs | TIME

Forget the BRICs; Meet the PINEs | TIME | Development | Scoop.it
While many emerging markets are taking a beating, a fantastic growth story in the developing world is widening and drawing in new countries

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Christina Knutsson's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:27 PM

Companies in the quest for business opportunities - now the PINES - maturing economies, better accessibility, more openness, improved policies, more infrastructure... and will get better.

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The pros and cons of aid to developing economies | Kenneth Rogoff

The pros and cons of aid to developing economies | Kenneth Rogoff | Development | Scoop.it
Kenneth Rogoff: A new book by Princeton University's Angus Deaton urges the importance of aid but also caution over western interference

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Middle-income claptrap

Middle-income claptrap | Development | Scoop.it
ECONOMIC backwardness has its advantages. Latecomers to industrialisation can follow the path their forerunners broke before them and perhaps skip some steps along...

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:38 AM

The Middle-Income Trap has become a popular and much quoted concept in development economics. Much discussion on the policies and strategies to lower the risks of growth slowdowns before a country has achieved high income status. But how relevant is the middle income trap? The absence of a clear definition of the idea makes it difficult to measure, this article from the Economist has a go.

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African growth 'to outpace world'

African growth 'to outpace world' | Development | Scoop.it
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is set to outpace the global average over the next three years, according to the World Bank.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, April 15, 2013 12:33 PM

Great contextual update here - read through the article and find two causes of rapid growth and two evaluation points on the barriers to future growth and development. Read more by following this link: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/04/15/as-africa-s-new-wealth-grows-poverty-must-come-down

Graham Watson's curator insight, April 18, 2013 10:25 AM

Excellent on developmental economic issues - many thanks to Geoff Riley for first scooping it. There's some excellent theory and analysis as well as fine evaluation here, hinting at factors that might constrain future SSA growth. I'm currently reading "A Good African Story" by Andrew Rugasira and he highlights the low level of intra-African trade as a major drag on African growth. However, what aspect of African growth are highlighted by the article?

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The truth about extreme global inequality

The truth about extreme global inequality | Development | Scoop.it
Global inequality is growing in part because of the neoliberal economic policies imposed on developing countries.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:39 AM

LSE Lecturer has produced an inographic on inequality that has become a big hit on You Tube. How can persistent and extreme inequality harm growth and development propsects?

Sdg's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:18 AM

Good Econ 3 article

Mr Jones's curator insight, June 12, 2013 8:47 AM

Good links to video grahics outling the extent on inequality both globally and in the US. Are the incentives created by inequality really working in the way that free market economists would like?

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Bill Gates and Dambisa Moyo spat obscures the real aid debate

Bill Gates and Dambisa Moyo spat obscures the real aid debate | Development | Scoop.it
Claire Provost: Moyo promoting evil? We should be more concerned about the impact of trade, tax and migration on people's lives

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Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert - The Guardian

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert - The Guardian | Development | Scoop.it
The Guardian Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert The Guardian Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are...
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Interactive: Which countries are projected to become aid donors?

Interactive: Which countries are projected to become aid donors? | Development | Scoop.it
We are living through the period of most rapid change in human history. By and large this change is for good. For the first time ever, the prospect of ending absolute poverty is a real one.

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Locus of extremity

Locus of extremity | Development | Scoop.it
THE central bank of Turkey boasts an impressive art collection, including a canvas by Erol Akyavas entitled “Locus of Extremity”. That was pretty much where the...

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, February 1, 2014 3:42 PM

This is a superb article for A2 macro students wanting to understand more about the fragility of a large cluster of emerging economies. Many have been running large current account deficits on their balance of payments and this makes them vulnerable to sudden and significant capital outflows from their economy, which in turn causes exchange rate weakness. Dropping currencies threatens a sharp rise in cost-push inflation and slower economic growth (stagflation) - so several central banks including Turkey and South Africa have taken the step of raising policy interest rates to partly stabilise their exchange rates. Will it be enough?

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Bridging the gap in Mozambique's coal town?

Bridging the gap in Mozambique's coal town? | Development | Scoop.it
Mozambique's coal town of Tete is proving a boom for some but leaving others out of the growing prosperity, writes Anna Wallenlind Nuvunga.

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, April 10, 2013 4:15 PM

This article captures so many development issues and in particular some of the constraints on growth in countries attractive to inward FDI to extract natural mineral resources. Read it and link it to as many development economics issues as you can!

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Is Small Government the Answer? Lessons From Rwanda

Is Small Government the Answer? Lessons From Rwanda | Development | Scoop.it
On a shoestring budget, the African nation has seen dramatic improvements in living standards. Is it a model for the U.S.?

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Chinese firm steps up investment in Ethiopia with 'shoe city'

Chinese firm steps up investment in Ethiopia with 'shoe city' | Development | Scoop.it
Shoemaker Huajian says new $2bn manufacturing zone near Addis Ababa will transfer skills to locals so they can become the future managers. Elissa Jobson visits the factory

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:52 AM

A2 Macro Studenbs

Read this article and find five relevant development economics perspectives from it - always look to evaluate - focus on risks and uncertainties

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Can cashews reduce Senegal poverty?

Can cashews reduce Senegal poverty? | Development | Scoop.it
Could the humble cashew nut hold the key to eradicating poverty in Senegal's Casamance region?

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Farming could be key to solving youth unemployment in Africa

Farming could be key to solving youth unemployment in Africa | Development | Scoop.it
Sub-Saharan Africa has the world's youngest and fastest growing population.
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