Monthly Archives: May 2008

Lessons in the sand: Redrawing the poverty line

The Economist reports on the most recent work by Martin Ravallion and two colleagues, World Bank researchers who first drew the global poverty line at “a dollar a day” over a decade ago. Starting again from scratch and based on … Continue reading

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The emperor has designer clothes

Design accolades for One Laptop per Child ~ IHT, May 16th 2008 What is the purpose of good design if there is no one who can use it? Like the mythical tree that falls in a forest if no one … Continue reading

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African potential, Indian experience

The Economist calls it the “the biggest thing to pass between India and South Africa since Mahatma Gandhi moved from one country to the other.” They add their voice to the speculation online about Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile-phone operator … Continue reading

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