We are all familiar with the traditional model of public-private partnerships for development. There's a worthy call to action and maybe a little pot of money from governments. Then big corporations sign up with vague promises of donations "in cash and in kind". After a few years, a self-congratulatory report appears saying that the partners have … [Read more...] about Public-private partnerships watch out: audited results might be required #development #syngenta #csr
Here's a surprisingly blunt interview with Zhong Jianhua, China’s Special Representative on African Affairs. He is speaking to the Africa Research Institute in London. He's responding to criticism from the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria It's not earth shattering but it's worth a read. Either he is very good or China has access to some … [Read more...] about China in Africa isn’t good or bad. It’s a mix — says Chinese gov’t #ChinaAfrica
A recent report from the World Bank, The Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa, says that traffic accidents will be the leading killer of sub-Saharan African children aged 5-15 by 2015. The report points out that "for some [sub-Saharan African] countries, such as Mauritius and the Seychelles, and … [Read more...] about NCDs and traffic deaths in Africa: fated to remain the poor cousins of infectious disease?
We're continuing a fascinating project across sub-Saharan Africa on science and medical research. In reviewing the report from our researcher in Equatorial Guinea, I was amazed to discover that Equatorial Guinea has the highest per capita GDP of any country in Africa. Population estimates for Equatorial Guinea vary considerably from … [Read more...] about Which country in Africa has the highest per capita GDP? (And 80% poverty)