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China in Africa: The Real Story: Chinese and Belgian Aid in the Congo

China in Africa: The Real Story: Chinese and Belgian Aid in the Congo | International Development | Scoop.it
Ignace Pollet, et al, Neither Conflict Nor Comfort: The Co-Habitation of Chinese and Belgian Aid in the Congo. (Leuven, 2011). Somehow I missed this Belgian-Chinese comparative study when it was first published in 2011. A systematic, comparative look at Belgian and Chinese aid in the DRC, with a historical flavor. Done by a team of Belgian, Congolese and Chinese researchers who used a common framework to evaluate pairs of projects.
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Millionaire who quit Microsoft to educate Africa's future leaders

Millionaire who quit Microsoft to educate Africa's future leaders | International Development | Scoop.it
“After making millions working for Microsoft in the U.S. Patrick Awuah founded a Ashesi University in Ghana, to teach Africa' next generation of leaders.”
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Another dynamic Ghanian
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Do Africans buy into the booming Africa narrative? - Aljazeera.com

Do Africans buy into the booming Africa narrative? - Aljazeera.com | International Development | Scoop.it
“Do Africans buy into the booming Africa narrative? Aljazeera.com The global banking giant Goldman Sachs's report on South Africa, released early November, was titled, "Two Decades of Freedom".”
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Viewpoints: UK trade v human rights @ Weeder

“Viewpoints: UK trade v human rights http://t.co/hNJXW0gR4c #euronews #news”
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Joining the party: Goldman’s $250m ‘Social Impact Fund’

Joining the party: Goldman’s $250m ‘Social Impact Fund’ | International Development | Scoop.it
“ Space on the impact investing bandwagon just got tighter. Goldman Sachs launched a $250 million Social Impact Fund (SIF) to invest in projects that improve the conditions of disadvantaged communities across the US.”
Via Masato Takebayashi
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Africa's Mobile Boom| glObserver Global Economics

Africa's Mobile Boom| glObserver Global Economics | International Development | Scoop.it
“ Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile industry has been the fastest growing region in the world for mobile users in the completed five years, according to a statement published on Monday by the GSMA, the body representing mobile operators worldwide.”
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Ghana Business News » Africa could feed the world, but smallholders will be key

Ghana Business News  » Africa could feed the world, but smallholders will be key | International Development | Scoop.it
“#Africa could feed the world, but smallholders will be key - via http://t.co/H8LOI9QVot | #Desmodium cc @icipe”
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Good to see African governments are acting, though more to do of course
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In stable East Africa, journalists and their freedoms become targets - Washington Post

In stable East Africa, journalists and their freedoms become targets - Washington Post | International Development | Scoop.it
“Washington Post In stable East Africa, journalists and their freedoms become targets Washington Post Across East Africa, governments that are key allies of the United States and Europe, and recipients of billions of dollars in Western aid, have...”
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Bad sign. Kenyan civil society will hopefully battle to support the hard won press freedom
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Placing your bets: Subsistence or Transformational Entrepreneurship

Placing your bets: Subsistence or Transformational Entrepreneurship | International Development | Scoop.it
“The importance of dividing entrepreneurs into two distinct categories: transformational and subsistence was the topic of an inspiring talk of MIT Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Antoinette Schoar at the World Bank.”
Via Masato Takebayashi
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Fairtrade deals in the latter, through organisation smallholders can be agents of transformation
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Mo Ibrahim index lavishes praise on Rwanda governance

Mo Ibrahim index lavishes praise on Rwanda governance | International Development | Scoop.it
“The trusted news network in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.”
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Kagame? Good policies perhaps. Human rights, not so sure.
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Conn. center honors human rights-business group - MiamiHerald.com

Conn. center honors human rights-business group - MiamiHerald.com | International Development | Scoop.it
“Conn. center honors human rights-business group MiamiHerald.com The Dodd center, named for the late two-term senator, cited the Business and Human Rights Resource Center's work monitoring firms' compliance with a Dodd-Frank Act provision intended...”
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