CONNECTING THE DOTS
- The story of sleeping sickness in Uganda tells us why you should definitely invite army generals and warlords to your next medical research conference.
- On the kind of growth trends that emerging markets boasted 2000 -2009, it would take them only 30 years to catch up with the rich world, in terms of per capita wealth. Now, the projections put it at 300 years
- South Sudan's coffee bushes were abandoned in the long years of war, but continued to naturally cross-pollinate. The result was something special – Robusta coffee with a very distinct and unusual taste profile.
- Why would young people say faith was their most important value, but fail to esteem integrity? It suggests faith may be more of a kind of 'insurance', rather than a code for moral and ethical living.
- I find the word ‘peasant’ to describe a rural subsistence farmer very jarring, yet my Ugandan friends use it quite casually. What's going on?
- Mobile network subscribers in countries surveyed view the actual or perceived reliability, coverage and speed of the voice/data network as the most important criteria for choosing an operator; price comes fourth
- Repetition rarely leads to better performance. Pupils become discouraged at having to do the classwork again, feel awkward at being the oldest in their new class and being left behind by their peers
- City dwellers eat more fruits, vegetables, meat and fish that those living in the rural areas; consumption of cereals and pulses is lower. It's counter-intuitive, as one might expect a rural diet to be richer in fresh produce
- Nairobi has more retail floor space newly available for rent than Windhoek and Gaborone, which - like South Africa - are considered more formalised markets in retail.
- A new customs management system means time of transit from Mombasa to Uganda has dropped from 21 days to just 4 days, boosting market competitiveness and lowering the cost of doing business.
- Want To Understand The Spread Of Disease In Africa? Follow The Gun Shots
- Length Of Coastlines In Africa, By Country; Madagascar Has A Long Beach View
- The Frog-Pond Effect: Repeaters In African Schools
- ‘Money Ain’t A Thing’ For Data-Hungry Africans, At Least Let It Be Fast And Reliable
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- No court in Africa has ever overturned a presidential election result in favour of the challenger. Judgements have always favoured the incumbent candidate, the candidate sponsored by the ruling party, or the presumptive winner.
- Poverty in Africa is not only a function of income, it is also a function of time. Because African women do the bulk of domestic chores, men have the time to love sports; they have time to have hobbies and acquire addictions.
- The most unexpected factor that predicts Olympic success is the participation of women in sport, which acts as a proxy indicator on the status of women in the country.
- A sprawling city means that distances between neighbourhoods are long and transport costs are high. That ends up acting as a brake on the ability of cities to reap the benefits of growth.
- Losses on cereals account for about 25% of the total crop harvested in Africa; it's up to 50% for fruits and vegetables. But some of the big problems of rural poverty and hunger could be solved with a few small logistical fixes
- You might imagine that a university or college education would give you a broader, more cosmopolitan worldview; that the more educated you are, the less parochial you would become. The data suggests otherwise.
- The inequity in resource allocation is clearer when you consider that it is just a tiny minority of people who make it to higher levels of education in the first place.
- Charcoal demand remains high even in wealthier households in urban Africa. People are happy to continue cooking using charcoal - even when they can afford not to - and spend the extra money in eating meat for example
- The low number of PhDs per capita in Africa reflects its opportunity cost. The estimated cost of a doctoral degree is $50,000, enough to finance five classrooms that would benefit about 400 pupils
- By sending troops, developing countries like India, Brazil, Ethiopia and Rwanda are bargaining for a seat at the table with what they have. They may not have the money, but they have the bodies.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.
- Streamlining logistics and clearance is an existential issue for landlocked countries, but the coastal countries have the “luxury” of dysfunction.
- Since the prize was launched, there have been more years when it has not been awarded, than when it has
- Kenya is punching above its weight in diversification of exports – in the analogy of anthropologists, it is less of a hunter economy and more of a gathering one – all sorts of small items find their way to the export market
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?