Interesting Events

There are two interesting sounding events about Kenya this week.  Know of any more?

{Tuesday} Looking Past Kenya’s Election: Ethnic and Institutional Challenges to Inclusive Development 4:30pm @ SAIS

{Wednesday} Kenya Decides: The 2013 Presidential Election 1:00pm @Brookings



Patriotic Burgeoise

“This unprecedented act of good will in South Africa gives expression to our view of the patriotic bourgeoisie whose outlook reflects a deep understanding of development challenges and limitations facing South Africa and its people.”

That’s the African National Congress (ANC) writing about Patrice Motsepe’s – the richest black man in South Africa – pledge to give half his income to charity.

John Campbell writes more about Motsepe’s pledge and the term “patriotic bourgeoisie”

Interesting Events

I have a new goal of attending more Africa-related events in DC.  I’ll share upcoming events that fit into this category here, every week or two.  Please comment with details if you know of others I didn’t list!

{WednesdayTime to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid at the USAID Learning Lab. Speaker: Dayna Brown

{Wednesday} Young Professionals in Foreign Policy DC presents: Stories From The Field – A Conversation With American Diplomats.  (Membership required) 

{Friday} Mapping Corruption in Community-Driven Development Projects, a case study in Kenya at CGD. Speaker: Jean Ensminger

Graph of the Week


From The Economist in October 2012 (via Rachel Strom)

I haven’t studied urbanization for it’s own sake, although I almost always include a measure of urbanization in my analysis. The backward sloping arrows for Zimbabwe, Madagascar, and Liberia have piqued my interest, but is the answer simply that conflict is bad for growth?

On a related note, could it be the case that urbanization only increase GDP per capita if people move to the cities for actual jobs, not theoretical jobs / to escape from rural life?  Rapid urbanization when there aren’t jobs could only lead to an increase in slum dwellers, where the quality of living will rarely be better than before.