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Is Africa becoming the world's engine room?

Is Africa becoming the world's engine room? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Will 40% of the world's workforce will be based in Africa by about 2050? Fact-checking this claim - made by US Secretary of State John Kerry - reveals a fascinating, shifting future for the world's population.

"What I see in Africa - what I see around the world - are explosive numbers of young people, and over the next 35 years Africa will become 40% of the entire world's workforce."

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Amartya Sen on Why India Trails China

Amartya Sen on Why India Trails China | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

The provision of essential services to its population is where India lags the most behind China argues the economist and Nobel laureate

The far greater gap between India and China is in the provision of essential public services — a failing that depresses living standards and is a persistent drag on growth,” Sen wrote.

 

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Easterly Development Economics Through the Decades

The Indomitable in Pursuit ofthe Inexplicable: The WorldDevelopment Reports’ Failure to Comprehend Economic Growth Despite Determined Attempts,1978–2008  by William Easterly

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Why More Immigration, Not Less, Is Key to U.S. Economic Growth - Charles Kenny

Why More Immigration, Not Less, Is Key to U.S. Economic Growth - Charles Kenny | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
For those in favor of immigration reform, it might have been a relief that the presidential candidates spent more time describing how workers overseas are stealing American jobs than they did accusing foreign workers of stealing jobs right here in the U.S.A. But the status quo on immigration apparently supported by the candidates isn’t nearly good enough.
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Aid still matters once growth begins

Aid still matters once growth begins | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Jonathan Glennie: It is easy to assume that economic growth automatically implies reduced aid dependency, but by doing so we are failing to understand the role aid plays in different contexts .

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Hard to say if foreign aid is, or is not, good for economic growth

Research from Michael Clemens and others shows that aid has small benefits on economic growth, but is not a significant influence.

Poor countries that receive aid do show economic growth. But is it the aid that causes the growth, or is growth due to other factors? Experts argue in favor of both sides of that equation. Clemens says it remains a chicken-and-egg conundrum.

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Africa at a turning point? The cas of Mozambique

The December issue of GREAT Insights takes Mozambique as an illustration of the challenges many African countries face: what will it take to transform high economic growth, impressive natural resources discoveries, a relatively stable political...
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Can improved health conditions contribute to long-term economic growth?

Can improved health conditions contribute to long-term economic growth? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In the face of budgetary limitations, constrained international aid, and competitive demands from different sectors, how can those of us working in the health sector make a strong case to finance ministers that public investments in health are as productive as public investments in, say, infrastructure or agriculture?
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Poorer without aid

Poorer without aid | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Does international aid foster economic growth?If there seems to be near unanimity among policymakers about the positive role of aid, the academic community has not found any robust evidence that aid contributes to development. This column presents a new empirical strategy that isolates the causal effect of aid on growth. The effect is found to be larger than previously estimated. The average developing country citizen would be about 15% poorer today had aid never been disbursed.
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