Economics

Instead of Guns, Send Pens. Instead of Soldiers, Send Teachers!

Instead of Guns, Send Pens.  Instead of Soldiers, Send Teachers!

In war, dedicated teachers are on the front lines of the battle for hope and equality.  Facing harrowing conditions, teachers are often unsupported in their responses to the pleas of children and parents for access to meaningful education.  The international […]

 
 

Free Education Programs and Quality: A Tale of Two Amazing Old Men

Free Education Programs and Quality: A Tale of Two Amazing Old Men

Using case studies investigating Kenya’s free primary education (FPE) program, which has been implemented since 2003, I outlined its major success – primarily the reversal of the hitherto declining school enrollment rates experienced during the 1990s. Eliminating user fees triggered […]

 
 

To Succeed, Kenya Only Has to Look Within

To Succeed, Kenya Only Has to Look Within

“So how are you enjoying living in paradise?” Michael Geerts, the former German ambassador to Kenya asked me the other day.   He was posted in Nairobi during the difficult years in the end of the 1990s, and continues to stay […]

 
 

Strategic Priorities in Contemporary Africa

Strategic Priorities in Contemporary Africa

Three narratives about Africa can be seen in contemporary media reports: a progress narrative, a disaster narrative, and what I call a prismatic narrative. The first narrative emphasizes the sustained growth, accompanied by poverty reduction and other social gains, that […]

 
 

Public-Private Collaboration Can Make Africa Globally Competitive

Public-Private Collaboration Can Make Africa Globally Competitive

Africa’s economies have been experiencing annual growth rates well above 5% in the last decade. There is widespread optimism about the Region’s prospects for steady growth amidst a global economic downturn. However, as The Africa Competitiveness Report 2013 cautions, serious […]