Tag Archive | Development

The ‘Girl Boss’ Of USAID Has $22 Billion To Spend And A Tight Deadline

From NPR by MALAKA GHARIB Gayle Smith in her office at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Victoria Sarno Jordan/NPR They called her Mr. Smith. When the newly installed USAID chief Gayle Smith was at a conference in Africa recently, the local leaders didn’t recognize the gender of her name. So they gave her a […]

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Turkey’s Assistance Model in Somalia: Achieving Much with Little

by Mahad Wasuge Mahad Wasuge is a researcher at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) *Mary Harper helped with the research and the writing. Executive summary Turkey has become one of the most prominent donors in Somalia, eclipsing many traditional donors both in quantity and quality of its assistance. Likewise, Ankara has become a […]

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Ethiopia: Agriculture investment curbs inequality rises

By KRISHNAN NAIR By shrewdly targeting policies and investments to poorer regions, in sharp contrast to other emerging markets, Ethiopia is managing to maintain rapid growth while successfully staving off inequality according to a new report from the Overseas Development Institute. A forecast by the World Bank for 2014-17 put Ethiopia top of a list of the world’s fastest growing […]

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Strathink Endorses President Obama’s Pick for USAID Administrator: Gayle Smith

(Re-posted) Last week President Obama announced his decision to appoint National Security Advisor Gayle Smith as USAID’s next administrator, pending approval by the Senate. Strathink hopes that the approval process goes quickly. A number of people have publicly opposed the President’s nomination, including Washington Post journalist Howard French and economist William Easterly. Why? Mr. French […]

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Empowering families to finance development with remittances and diaspora savings

Reuters/Rogan Ward – A girl heats water on an open fire at her home near the birthplace of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Mvezo, June 29, 2013. We all know it: there is no one magic formula when it comes to financing for development. The solution is a mix: public and private funds, […]

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Ethiopia signed 370 million US Dollars loan agreement with World Bank

Addis Ababa, 18 June 2015 (WIC) – The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia signed a loan agreement amounting to 370 million US Dollars with the World Bank. The agreement was signed today at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). The fund will be used to construct Batu (Zeway) – Arsi […]

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Somalia launches new programs to steer development

MOGADISHU, June 17 (Xinhua) — The United Nations, the European Union and other donors on Wednesday inked six new joint programs with Somalia that will finance various development projects across the country. The programs through the Somalia Development and Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), within the framework of the Somali New Deal Compact, directly support the peace-building and the key […]

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Ethiopia’s Compelling Rise

The Brenthurst Foundation of South Africa published a short paper in April by Professor Dr. Christopher Clapham, from the Centre of African Studies at Cambridge University, one of the UK’s foremost political scientists and a notable scholar of Ethiopia, and Dr. Greg Mills, head of the Brenthurst Foundation and recent author of “Why States Recover”, […]

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Why is the number of poor people in Africa increasing when Africa’s economies are growing?

From the Brookings Institution Laurence Chandy | May 4, 2015 9:52am This is a question I hear asked a lot. 2015 marks the 20th year since sub-Saharan Africa started on a path of faster economic growth. During that period, growth has averaged 5.2 percent per year. Meanwhile, the number of people on the continent reportedly living under […]

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South Sudanese military spending “highest” in the region

April 26, 2015 (JUBA) – The Sudan Tribune reports South Sudan tops the region with military spending as civil war has been raging on for the past 15 months, hurting other key sectors such as health, education and infrastructure, an independent report has revealed. A miltary tank patrols one of the main roads in the […]

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