Economic Development

Africa Notes: Regional Trade and Integration






There has been some interesting online commentary on intra-regional trade in Africa. Trade between African states may be increasing. It is commonly observed that trade between African states is below what is typically seen in other regions of the world. However, as noted over at tralac, this might be changing. They quote Aileen Kwa: In…

Africa Notes: News Around the Continent






All Africa Several African women make Foreign Policy’s list of “The Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of”: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Fatou Bensouda, Fayza Abul Naga, and Lindiwe Mazibuko. The World Bank forecasts faster growth for sub-Saharan Africa based on high commodity prices and investments in mining. Growth should be about 5.2 percent this year for…

Africa Notes: Good news about water for Africa






BBC News – ‘Huge’ water resource exists under Africa. Unfortunately, Ghana’s water resources (where I worked on water issues as a Peace Corps Volunteer) don’t look particularly impressive here. Still, good news for the continent.

Noted: Charts and Maps






“A History of the Balance of [Economic] Power”, from AD 1 – 2050 via Business Insider “The True Size of Africa” via oranabutterfly.com I have shown my students other versions of this map but I like the detail here.

International Women’s Day






While I “celebrate” International Women’s Day with a lunch and a talk by that famous defender of women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to think about the broader picture. (Time: “Justice Scalia Mouths Off On Sex Discrimination“) What does this day mean in the developing…

WES-FID: Some thoughts






I thought yesterday’s student-run Forum on International Development was a great success. The event was well-organized and well-attended. But most of all, I think there were opportunities for just about everyone who attended to learn something new. Here is what I observed: Morning Keynote David Rice, Executive Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, gave a…

WES-FID: Commenting on SHOFCO






Tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 18) Wesleyan students are hosting a Forum on International Development. And I am very excited about this event! There are a number of reasons I think this will be a great event. It celebrates some of the fantastic things our students and alumni have done. This conference really just touches the tip…