A Review of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It

Over the past decade, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has attracted increasing attention from policy makers, academics, international organizations, and the business community. At the same time that the region has come increasingly into focus, the statistical base behind several books and studies,[2] and ultimately policy making and business decisions, has continued to be very weak.… Read more »

“The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty” by Nina Munk

By Mpumelelo Nxumalo, APJ Jeffrey Sachs has a goal:  to end poverty in Africa by 2025, and according to Nina Munk, he is convinced that this can be done. Yet Munk’s account of what has come of the Millennium Village Projects, (Sachs’s brain child) tells of yet another foreign intervention in Africa that has left a lot to be desired, (at least up to date).… Read more »

“Winner Take All” By Dambisa Moyo, A Must Read!

A brief review by Mpumelelo Nxumalo, APJ I recently read Dambisa Moyo’s Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. The book is a thorough review of the resource landscape – from water to land to energy, and what China’s drive to acquire these means for the West and the developing world including Africa.… Read more »