TOP 5 – Davos 2014, World Economic Forum Technology pioneers cohort

The world’s political and economic elite gather in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) amid most interesting if not confusing set of conditions to discuss the worlds crippling problems with this year’s theme as “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”.  While many tend to focus on the geo and socio political component to the meeting, I am usually drawn to a particular fork that celebrates technological breakthroughs and the companies behind them that truly hold the promise of a better more efficient future. Covering a diverse range of industries and opportunities – green tech, education, health care, information services to name afew, I will share some personal favorites out of the thirty six from across the globe that made it to the list. Continue reading TOP 5 – Davos 2014, World Economic Forum Technology pioneers cohort

Three myths about aid to Kenya

by Wolfgang Fengler of the World Bank

The World Bank and IMF have received much press attention in recent weeks in Kenya.  The Kenyan Kazi Kwa Vijana (“work for youth”) initiative, which the Bank was supporting through its Youth Empowerment Project, and Government’s decision to request substantial IMF funding to support macroeconomic stability have been the source of heated debates in parliament.

This gives me an opportunity to share some thoughts which are influenced by “Delivering Aid Differently”, a book which Homi Kharas and I co-authored and launched in Nairobi and Washington a year ago.

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