LECTURE: Mapping Africa's Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Africa’s entrepreneurs get far too little credit for their contributions to economic growth, and too little help from the international community to access capital and find partners.  The Kauffman Foundation is using mobile phones to map the evolution ofAfrica’s entrepreneurial networks, and study the factors that help or hinder entrepreneurs.

Mellena Haile, a researcher from the Foundation, spoke about this program, called E-Pulse, at a DRI and Africa House luncheon on August 15. E-Pulse will survey entrepreneurs in over 50 African countries about their business activities via text message. The data will be used to mapAfrica’s “entrepreneurial ecosystems,” and to help entrepreneurs connect with one another.

The Kauffman Foundation’s research in Africa is founded on Expeditionary Economics, which seeks to develops indigenous entrepreneurship and spur economic growth in post-conflict countries.

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VIDEO: New Directions in Development

 These videos come from DRI's annual conference at the Cooper Union on March 4, 2011. Speakers included DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, Yale's Chris Blattman, NYU Economics' Raquel Fernandez and NYU Law's Kevin Davis.

Bill Easterly - From Skepticism to Development

Yaw Nyarko - Information Technology and Development

Download Yaw Nyarko's Powerpoint slides here.
Chris Blattman - Does Poverty Lead to Violence?

Download Chris Blattman's Powerpoint slides here.
Raquel Fernandez - Culture Matters

Download Raquel Fernandez's Powerpoint slides here.
Download her working paper, "Does Culture Matter?," here.
Kevin Davis - Law and Development

Download Kevin Davis's Powerpoint slides here.
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CONFERENCE MATERIALS: Best and Worst of Aid 2010 (Incentives, Accountability and Effectiveness)

DRI's 2010 annual conference presented new findings, discussions and debates on the best and worst of what happened in aid. The full conference agenda is available here. More presentations and audio clips will be posted as they become available.


Aid and Development Today: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times - William Easterly, NYU, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of DRI

The Best and the Worst of International Efforts on Failed States - Clare Lockhart, CEO, Institute for State Effectiveness

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What Works and What Does Not Work in Aid, and the Transformative Challenges Ahead - Isabel Guerrero, Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank

Thoughts on Aid - Andrew Mwenda, Founder and Owner, The Independent

Historical Lessons: What did Development Aid Do Best? What Did it Do Worst? - Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School

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Coverage on the Aid Watch Blog: March 15, 2010 - Worst in Aid: The Grand Prize March 17, 2010 - Best in Aid: The Grand Prize March 22, 2010 - How is the aid industry like a piano recital? A defense of aid March 31, 2010 - Three Afghan Success Stories

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