By Sean Culey Africa is at a tipping point. It is poised for growth, but the question is whether this growth will be based on sustainable foundations that benefit the majority, or on commodities that only benefit a few. Below, Sean Culey argues that Africa’s business leaders need to play a pivotal role, but only [...]
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By Aliou Diagne, Steven Glover, Ben Groom and Jonathan Phillips A Green Revolution in West African agriculture will rely on new technologies such as NERICA rice varieties. Below, Aliou Diagne, Steven Glover, Ben Groom and Jonathan Phillips argue that raising awareness of NERICAs and improving access to its seed by farmers should be a priority. [...]
By Peter Blair Henry. Author of Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth, Professor Peter Blair Henry argues that despite headlines featuring the collapse of BRIC nations and recovery in the West, advanced countries have settled for underperformance in place of prosperity; their future now depends on whether they have the humility to learn lessons of economic discipline from the developing world they once lectured.
Feature A growing number of organisations are cultivating in-house coaching programs to achieve their talent-development goals. According to the 2012 International Coach Federation Global Coaching Study, 14 percent of professional coaches self-identify as internal coaches; i.e., professional coaches who are employed within an organisation and who have specific coaching responsibilities identified in their job description. [...]
By Jean Comaroff & John L. Comaroff
Western thought has, from the first, regarded the non-West as a place of antiquarian traditions and unprocessed data. Below, the authors suggest that, in the present moment, it is the global south that affords privileged insight into the workings of the world at large, as old margins become new frontiers.
By Tomás Guerrero The emergence of frontier markets is consolidating South-South relations and speeding up the global economic rebalance. Below, Tomás Guerrero describes how, to ensure long-term growth, driven by the combination of abundant natural resources and low labor costs, this set of countries have begun to put in place mechanisms to solve the difficult [...]
Feature By Michael Lalor Africa’s rise over the past decade has been very real, and the evidence of the continent’s clear progress is irrefutable; however, there are significant challenges ahead. Below, Michael Lalor from Ernst & Young outlines the critical role of foreign investment in Africa, and the necessity of focussing on believers in the [...]
By Snowy Khoza For decades the two global centres of power, the West (led by Europe and the Americas) and the East (led by China) have presented two contrasting approaches to economic development on the African continent. The West’s approach has been driven by conditionality, selectivity and direct financial support, while the East’s approach has [...]
The West and the East approach economic development differently. The Europeans and Americans stress free and fair business climate, promoting private activities generally without picking winners, and improving governance. East Asia is more interested in achieving concrete results rather than formal correctness…
By Norman Clark The Research Into Use programme aims to help agricultural research projects put its existing stock of knowledge into practical use rather than investing in new scientific research. In doing this, it hopes to increase the reach of the scientific projects in low-income countries and set up productive, sustainable and high impact technologic [...]