Category: Africa

Might as well outlaw doubt

28 September, 2012 (09:15) | Africa, Angola, Capital, Currency, Ghana, Global news, Inflation, Markets, Money, Policy, Regulation, Zambia |

By:David A. Smith How confident are you?   Among the many reasons that money, that is the portable and numerical denomination of freely tradable symbols of value, is one of humanity’s greatest inventions (mathematics is discovered, money was invented) is its power to rebalance power between questionable rulers and poor people – and, as shown […]

A sustainable subsidy: Part 2, privatizing development aid

30 November, 2010 (12:05) | Africa, Carbon credits, Global news, Infrastructure, Innovations, Markets, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, inspired by an interesting New York Times blog post by Tina Rosenberg, introduced the novel idea of using carbon credits not to fund large and questionable development projects in unauditable China, where there is enormous corruption potential –   Most of the […]

A sustainable subsidy: Part 1, harnessing cynicism to altruism

29 November, 2010 (15:01) | Africa, Carbon credits, Global news, Infrastructure, Innovations, Markets, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   Wouldn’t it be ironic if the point of carbon credits isn’t to reduce developed-nation emissions, but rather to create global corporate remittances that spur innovation in the developing world without forcing extremely poor people to pay costs they cannot afford?    What’s clean water worth to you?   That idea […]

Little boxes, little boxes

10 June, 2009 (10:33) | Africa, Configuration, Construction, Embryo house, Innovations, Research, Self-building |

If we want to make housing affordable, shouldn’t we be looking at inexpensive construction materials?  That’s the premise of a short Climate Progress article, Shipping containers provide affordable housing, from the Center for American Progress’s “It’s Easy Being Green” series.   There’s an emerging and innovative solution to the environmental, economic, and housing concerns we […]

Tax credits’ essential issues: Part 3, preconditions

28 December, 2006 (10:45) | Africa, AHI activities, Investment, Markets, South Africa, Tax credits |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2, design variables, and Part 1, unique features] Because of its unique features and design variables, investment tax credits are intellectually appealing. Yes, I drool over their advantages Before introducing them, a country needs to assess whether it has the essential preconditions for success: 3. Preconditions for successful introduction As the […]