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Can rapid population growth be good for economic development? | End Poverty

Can rapid population growth be good for economic development? | End Poverty | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it

RT @YZP: Can rapid population growth be good for economic development?


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Boosting Africa's Private Sector: …an engine of growth and poverty reduction - Vibe Ghana

Boosting Africa's Private Sector: …an engine of growth and poverty reduction - Vibe Ghana | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Boosting Africa's Private Sector: …an engine of growth and poverty reduction
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Yet, the most simple and fundamental question remains unanswered: how is Africa's private sector developed to actually boost economic growth and reduce poverty?
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Checklist for Growth – 5 Steps Before Funding

Checklist for Growth – 5 Steps Before Funding | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Business growth is rarely just the product of hard work and dedication. It typically requires an injection of cash to get things moving.
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How Ready Are You for Growth?

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Since the economic crisis, many companies have been trying to figure out the best way to reposition themselves for greater performance and success in the future. Clearly the answer involves some combination of growth strategy and cost management. Over the past several years, working in a variety of industries, we have seen firsthand that companies that do three things together seem to be better positioned for a sustainable return to high performance. First, they create clarity and coherence in their strategy, articulating the differentiating capabilities that they will need to win in the marketplace. Second, they put in place an optimized cost structure and approach to capital allocation, with continual investment in the capabilities critical to success, while proactively cutting costs in less-critical areas to fund these investments. Third, they build supportive organizations. They redesign their structures, incentives, decision rights, skill sets, and other organizational and cultural elements to more closely align their behavior to their strategy, and to harness the collective actions of their people.


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A Booz & Company study reveals that only 17 percent of companies are poised for a profitable future.

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Think for a moment of poverty as a disease, thwarting growth and development, robbing children of the healthy, happy futures they might otherwise expect.

Think for a moment of poverty as a disease, thwarting growth and development, robbing children of the healthy, happy futures they might otherwise expect. | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Poverty as a Childhood Disease [New York Times] ("Think for a moment of poverty as a disease, thwarting growth and development, robbing children of the..." http://t.co/vivQUtgvkn)...
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Poverty as a Childhood Disease

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More doctors are growing concerned about the effects of childhood poverty in an age when income inequality is increasing and social mobility is declining.
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Econbrowser: Fiscal Drag and 2013Q1 Growth

Econbrowser: Fiscal Drag and 2013Q1 Growth | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
The third release of 2013Q1 GDP suggests even more tepid growth than originally thought. Government spending at all levels, state/local, and both Federal defense and nondefense, is deducting from growth (in contrast to the ...
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United Nations Millennium Development Goals are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Let's step up for a better world. | See & share #MDGmomentum

United Nations Millennium Development Goals are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Let's step up for a better world. | See & share #MDGmomentum | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Explore how the world is tackling #poverty & improving child & maternal #health: http://t.co/6NoI7fyHxD #MDGmomentum #promise4children
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How progressive is the push to eradicate extreme poverty? - The Guardian

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How progressive is the push to eradicate extreme poverty?
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Merely relying on global growth (and the continuation of recent improvements in development policy) to eradicate extreme poverty is simply not a viable course.
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Migrating out of poverty: The role of finance | vox

Migrating out of poverty: The role of finance | vox | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Using time and state-level variation across Indian states, this column finds strong evidence that financial deepening reduces rural poverty, especially among the self-employed. Financial deepening is also found to be ...
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Effective planning can lead to strong economic development - Colorado Springs Gazette

Effective planning can lead to strong economic development - Colorado Springs Gazette | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
Effective planning can lead to strong economic development
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Few things in life are free. The roads we drive on are not free. Our national security is not free. Protection from fires and other natural disasters is not free.
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Energy Efficiency and African Growth | The Energy Collective

Energy Efficiency and African Growth | The Energy Collective | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it

Historically people associate the sound of Africa as the roar of the lion; but in reality, it’s been the roar of the diesel generator. Herds of these archaic beasts are on the prowl. Their habitat includes cities, towns, factories, mines, businesses and big farms – anywhere where power is required and isn’t available or reliable.

 

When I started in the development arena and specifically in the renewable energy space nearly 15 years ago, energy issues simply didn’t feature. Conservationists and environmentalists alerted us to the dangers of deforestation and climate change and to the importance of preservation of African habitats. Electricity grids only served largely urban areas and commercial enterprises while modern energy options (outside of South African townships) were unavailable to the poor. There were few alternatives to firewood, charcoal, kerosene or candles – what I call the four fuels of poverty.

 

Energy poverty, or energy injustice, at that time was simply known as life. Everyday challenges largely went unnoticed from women walking long distances to collect firewood, inhaling wood smoke from cooking or kerosene fumes from roughhewn tin lamps. Respiratory illnesses, children ingesting kerosene believing it to be clean water, and burns and deaths from fires weren’t on health radar screens in any scale. Productivity went down when the sun did. Few development organizations factored energy poverty into ensuring the efficacy of their programs.

 

It didn’t take me much time to realize that as long as the poor were dependent on non-renewable energy sources, they couldn’t raise themselves out of poverty. When you’re spending between 10-40% of meager incomes on inefficient and harmful fuels you just can’t get ahead.

 

This is changing fast.

 

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Is It Crazy to Think We Can Eradicate Poverty?

Is It Crazy to Think We Can Eradicate Poverty? | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
The end to extreme poverty might very well be within reach. But is the bar too low?

 

The World Bank aims to raise just about everyone on Earth above the $1.25-a-day income threshold. In Zambia, an average person living in such dire poverty might be able to afford, on a given day, two or three plates of cornmeal porridge, a tomato, a mango, a spoonful each of oil and sugar, a bit of chicken or fish, maybe a handful of nuts. But he would have just pocket change to spend on transportation, housing, education and everything else.


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Jacquie Rintoul's comment, June 20, 2013 10:08 PM
I agree with Sarah. While many people think that poverty can be eradicated, the world's economy simply cannot hold up every single country. Even if it was able to, countries would probably get into debt and end up poorer than before.
Hannah Campbell's curator insight, July 20, 2013 10:29 PM

I do not think it is crazy to think we can eridacte poverty, but the world's richest and most developed countries need to support the developing countries. 

JH Tan's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:52 AM

It is extremely hard to eradicate poverty in the world as most people in the world is still living below the $1.25 a day income.However, if  gorverments from developed countries are willing to support the developing countries,I believe we will be able to hit the target set by the world bank to raise just about everyone on earth above the $1.25 a day income.

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'India's growth strategy holds lessons for developing nations' - Economic Times

'India's growth strategy holds lessons for developing nations' - Economic Times | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
'India's growth strategy holds lessons for developing nations' Economic Times WASHINGTON: India's strategy of fuelling growth with market-based policies and eradicating poverty by "growing the pie rather than slicing it" holds lessons for other...
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15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand | ExtremeTech

15-year-old girl invents flashlight powered by the heat of your hand | ExtremeTech | Development Economics - African growth & development | Scoop.it
As the internet and apps era has taken hold, younger people -- often in their early twenties or late teens -- have been achieving some incredible things, such as building hit mobile games or selling their startups to corporations for large sums of...
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