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Salwa’s Story

02.13.2006
I remember the day that Salwa’s father came to see me.  He was dressed impeccably and his demeanor was refined.  He came to our office in Kabul at Salwa’s request in order to talk to me about her possible employment with CIPE.  Salwa desperately wanted the job.  As a top student at t...

Help Africa Help Itself

02.13.2006
Is "doubling aid and forgiving debt" a good strategy for eliminating poverty in Africa?  Bill Easterly certainly doesn't think so.  He argues that such a strategy is not enough for getting the continent on the path of economic growth and prosperity in his op-ed in the Washington Post.  The title ...

Vision for the Future

02.10.2006
In Kabul, schools take a three-month break in the winter, due to scarce heating. When school got out this year, 17 year old Muslim was determined to do something productive over the vacation. He went to his father with ideas for improving the family business, which sells prescription glasses and con...

Hope Grows in the Killing Fields

02.09.2006
Jan Mohammad, Governor of Uruzgan Province, has known little but war throughout his life.  A man with one eye, uneducated, yet wise from years of conflict against the Russians and the Taliban.  His militia is everywhere, and when we arrive in a military convoy from the U.S. military base in Tarin ...

The Baker’s Son

02.08.2006
Nineteen year old Sadaar's father started a bakery several years ago, shortly after his family returned to Kabul. They lived in Peshawar, Pakistan for years as refugees, waiting for a time when they could return to their native Kabul, surrounded by the towering Parwan mountains. As we walked up to t...

Debates on Free Markets in Afghanistan

02.07.2006
Afghanistan is not interested in having a free market economy, because...its too poor to have it?  This is the message relayed by some economists in the country: Independent economists, referring to the country's horrible economic indices over the last two years, argue the free market system is not...

Starting a Business in Africa

02.07.2006
African entrepreneurs share their stories on starting a business on the BBC website.   There are some very interesting on-the-ground experiences, from good I think Ethiopia must be the best and the easiest place to start a business today. Yes it used to be very hard to start a business in Ethiopia...

Brazil and Argentina Regulate Trade

02.06.2006
Last week, two members of Mercosur, Brazil and Argentina, reached a landmark trade agreement, hailed by the governments of both countries.  But if you think the agreement is supporting free trade between the two countries - afterall, free trade is what Mercosur is all about - think again.  How ab...

Demographic Crisis in Russia

02.03.2006
Someone, hit the panic button!  Russian population shrunk by nearly 700,000 people in 2005, according to official Russian government statistics, and the life expectancy of a Russian male is now a meager 58 years.  In all, since the early 1990s, the Russian population has been declining at a r...

The Afghanistan Compact – Good for Business?

02.03.2006
This week Afghanistan’s political leadership met with international donors to hammer out a five year strategy for the countries economic, political and social development.  Christened “The Afghanistan Compact” the document establishes a set of development priorities and benchmarks...
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