Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Innovating for pro-poor services: why politics matter

Despite innovation efforts and optimism across the development sector, few innovations lead to actual sustainable, systemic change. Too often the barriers are political – factors such as motivation, power and … Continue reading

Monday, 4 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Improving the Nutritional Quality of Food Markets through the Informal Sector

Policy approaches aiming to suppress the informal sector are generally ineffective; in some cases, they can actually decrease the quality and safety of food. Similarly, food and nutrition policies that … Continue reading

Friday, 12 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Non-agricultural informal work can yield higher returns than formal work

Priorities for Boosting Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence for Mozambique Should policy-makers, including foreign donors, focus employment strategies in sub-Saharan Africa on strengthening access to formal wage employment or on … Continue reading

Friday, 13 November 2015 · Leave a comment

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent. For Africa, the 21st century is largely a tale of its cities. The … Continue reading

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Data revolution at 15,000 feet

There has been perhaps too much emphasis on sample surveys to estimate indicators around poverty and service delivery. More needs to be done both to improve detailed and timely government … Continue reading

Monday, 24 November 2014 · Leave a comment

Aid and tax in Ethiopia: is there a crowding out effect?

Based on the Ethiopian case and on other available evidence, the argument of a crowding out effect to justify lower aid levels seems misplaced. Instead aid can be beneficial to … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 October 2014 · Leave a comment

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the … Continue reading

Friday, 15 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Understanding ‘Urban Youth’ and the Challenges they face in Sub-Saharan Africa

Much of Africa is urbanising fast and its young population is projected to constitute the largest labour force in the world. While urbanisation can be linked closely with economic development, … Continue reading

Thursday, 3 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Informal development, planning and sustainable urbanisation

The newly published third report on The State of African Cities  shows how informal development is a key force in the continent’s urbanisation, yet also poses major dilemmas. The report’s … Continue reading

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 · Leave a comment