Monthly Archives: May 2011

M-PESA and Mobile Money in Kenya

I’ve now been in Nairobi for two weeks and have settled in well.  I moved into my fairly upscale apartment in Kilimani, a section of Nairobi that is the beating heart of the tech and social enterprise scene here.  Up … Continue reading

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Dispatch From a Shrinking Planet

“I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sagan Develop Economies, the alter ego for my life on the road, is almost a year and a half old.  I’ve been to three continents, eleven countries, … Continue reading

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The Role of the Celebrity Activist

Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton.  Nas vs. Jay-Z.  And now, Easterly vs. Bono.  In an attack reminiscent of Jon Stewart’s epic takedown of the sheepish Jim Cramer after the financial crisis, Bill Easterly, a well-known development economist who favors bottom-up … Continue reading

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Does Per Capita GDP Matter?

There are various ways of measuring the level of a country’s development.  Choosing the right methodology for quantifying economic status is critical for thinking about the problem of poverty effectively.  On a macroeconomic level, the most common indicator is per … Continue reading

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Music in Ghana: High Life, Hip Life, and Gospel

As a generalization, African music is some of the best in the world.  In fact, most of the rest of the best music in the world is derived from African music, in one way or another.  Jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock … Continue reading

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The Challenges for Public Education in Ghana

For my last three weeks in Ghana, I have been, in the words of my brother Kwesi, absolutely chilling out and taking in as much of what this great country has to offer before I leave.  One of those incredible … Continue reading

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Develop Economies Moves to Kenya

As loyal readers may have noticed, the postings on Develop Economies have been sparse of late.  That is because I have been running around Ghana, seeing friends and sights and beaches that I missed while I was working.  But now, … Continue reading

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The Economics of Solar Lanterns with Mobile Charging Stations

Develop Economies is back after a brief hiatus.   I have finished up my work on my current project and am now taking some time to appreciate some of the aspects of Ghana I hadn’t had a chance to enjoy previously.  … Continue reading

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Weekend at Bin Laden’s: Foreign Aid to Pakistan

The big news of the day is that Osama Bin Laden is dead.  Hooray!  He was killed in a special-forces operation coordinated and executed by the United States without the knowledge of the Pakistani government or the military.  Bin Laden … Continue reading

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