· February, 2006

Stories about Development from February, 2006

Vietnam: Planned City

  24 February 2006

Le Bao Tuan of Sticky Rice experiences “architecture shock” visiting Phu My Hung, a booming planned community built on a former swamp south of Saigon. He writes: “Phu My Hung is an evidence proves Vietnamese economy is developing quickly and Vietnamese people are trying to approach the more modern and...

Africa: water & energy solutions

  23 February 2006

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on an amazing invention that may provide the water and power to may people in poor rural areas of the developing world. “To solve the problem, he’s invented two devices, each about the size of a washing machine that can provide much-needed power and clean water in...

Nigeria: culture and the modern world

  22 February 2006

Nigeria, what's new? publishes extracts from his forthcoming book – here he discusses where does culture meet the modern world? “Mention female anatomy or clitoral circumcision and our people cringe but the shocking practice of female genital mutilation FGM/C is still being carried out.” hm

Indonesia: Electric Growth

  20 February 2006

Sarapan Ekonomi critiques John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman: “His self declared crime — inflating the forecast of electrical demand to force Indonesia into bankruptcy — has turned into an important engine of Indonesia’s economic growth since the early 1970s.”

Cuba: Macheteros

  17 February 2006

Que Bola? posts a lovely black-and-white photo of two macheteros, or Cuban sugar cane workers, remarking that “it is mindboggling to see the old antiquated equipment and ox drawn wagons that are still being used in the small sugar industry that persists in Cuba.”

Ethiopia: Food Aid dependency

  17 February 2006

Black Star Journal comments on a BBC article on Ethiopia's dependency on foreign food aid..…”It notes that while aid may be well-intentioned, its effects can sometimes be devastating (and I'm careful to not lump all aid together).”

Mozambique: microfinance

  17 February 2006

Aid worker, Jared of Jared's Mozambique Adventure describes his time spent with the “Caixa das Mulheres de Nampula (CMN), an association that offers savings and small enterprise loans exclusively to female members. These women are given the opportunity to gather in small groups to learn about healthy lifestyles, money management...

Zimbabwe: IMF debt a waste of resources

  17 February 2006

Zimbabwean Pundit likens Zimbabwe's repayment of the IMF debt to that “the head of a family in a starving village, throwing food over the fence to baboons waiting on the outside, while the children of the village die of hunger, malnutrition and disease”

DRC: Making change work

  17 February 2006

Breaking Hearts in the Heart of Darkness uses the Nescafe phenomenon or “who do I have to kill to get a decent cup of coffee” as a metaphor for governments and development in many third world countries. In other words when a system is not working you should replace it...

Trindad & Tobago: Port of Spain fire

  16 February 2006

Both Attillah Springer and Francomenz report on the fire which took place yesterday in the downtown area of Port of Spain, which Francomenz reminds us is “the capital’s second major blaze in less than a year.” “How can there be two fires on the same street in less than six...

Africa: Entrepeneurs

  16 February 2006

My Hearts in Accra points to an article in the Washington Posts by William Easterly, an economics professor who asserts that “the West cant save Africa” but possibly African entrepeneurs can.

Nigeria: Postives

  15 February 2006

Jeremy of Naijablog rooting for Nigeria as usual provides the reaons why he is staying in Nigeria and why maybe some of us should be heading back sometime soon.

St. Lucia: Tech Institute visit

  14 February 2006

Matthew Hunte vists the Vieux Fort Technical Institute in southern St. Lucia, “in an attempt to understand a bit more about that nature of this unique school and to truly find out where their students are coming from”.

Africa; politics v entrepreneurship

  14 February 2006

Africa Unchained points to an article by Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School on the “disproportionate focus on politics within Africa and the relatively tepid interest in entrepreneurship and wealth creation”.

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