Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ee-aye-ee-aye-ee-aye oh, up the World Bank Income Classifications we go!
Yay! The land of my birth gained promotion to "Lower middle income" from "low income" last week - this is the development economics equivalent of getting from the Conference to League Two. Zambia were promoted alongside fellow perennial resources-state battlers Ghana.
As the Guardian article points out, although this has a lot to do with the copper boom (and Chinese investment), it is also the case that foreign aid increased as a proportion of Zambian GDP, and the authors are correct to note that this is a palpable win for the "aid works" lobby.
Also interesting: pop-up solar powered internet cafes. One of the Great Lost Posts from "project Zambia" three years ago was going to be an explanation of why I was much more sympathetic to the "one laptop per child" idea than most of my mates - stripped of the child-related mawkishness it was a great big ICT development strategy. And as we noted, the thing about human beings is that we really like communications technology, and we're often surprisingly good at using it.
this item posted by the management 7/21/2011 06:58:00 AM