On Economic Development

Enterprising Africa: What role can financial inclusion play in driving employment-led growth

by Josephine Osikena and Deniz Ugur
A January 2016 Foreign Policy Institute report on how improving  access and distribution of financial services influences job creation across Africa, with a foreword by  Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes


Is Decentralization good for development?: Perspectives from academics and policy makers                           

by Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Pöschl                                                                                       A new book from Oxford University Press that explains how decentralization can be designed to drive development forward, improve public sector performance and strengthen economies in ways that enhance citizen well-being. Included detailed studies from 12 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


China's Looming Human Capital Crisis: Upper secondary educational attainment rates and the middle Income Trap               

by Niny Khor, Lihua Pang, Chengfang Liu, Fang Chang, Di Mo, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle
A 2016 working paper from Stanford Center for International Development  discusses how if Chines students fail to acquire upper secondary schooling, not only will they have a hard time finding high-wage employment in the future, but the development of the economies in which they work may also stagnate. Is China is ready, in terms of the education of its labor force, to progress from middle- income to high-income country status?


5 things to know about Latin America's Economy    

by Keith Breen                                                                                                                                  A new World Economic Forum report on how Latin America is facing its first region-wide downturn since 2009. While individual nations in the region are faring differently, all Latin American countries are facing a challenging economic climate, as economic growth is near zero, equality gains have stalled, and the political landscape is changing. 

Power Africa Launches Roadmap to 60 Million Connections and 30,000 MW by 2030

USAID Press Office                                                                                                                    Lack of electricity puts a break on Africa's economic growth and development and USAID argues that Power Africa  and the 2016 Power Africa Summit is breaking the logjam on energy infrastructure and keeping capital flowing to worthy projects. This Roadmap lays out a path to achieving President Obama's vision of bringing electricity to 60 million African homes and businesses. The Power Africa Tracking Tool, a mobile app provides previously unavailable data to increase transparency and offers insight into the actual deals on the ground.