May 11, 2016

One man’s experience working for British banks across Africa

An African born banker with extensive experience working for British banks across Africa tells Joris Luyendijk how banks have lost touch with simple financial transactions. This blog is one of a series of monologues in which people across the financial sector speak to Joris Luyendijk about their work experience and lives. It was first published in the Guardian. “I …. Read More

March 5, 2016

The end of economic ideology in African agriculture

Africa can feed itself in a generation. It can do so by harnessing abundant technologies that are available worldwide, expanding internal regional markets and expanding rural infrastructure. But to achieve this, African leaders at the highest level possible will need to take charge of the agenda for agriculture. The continent cannot afford anymore to listen …. Read More

March 5, 2016

Reform zones that drive development

In this century, new technologies can raise living standards at the fastest rate in human history. This outcome, however, is not preordained. It will happen only if our rules keep up with our technologies and the proliferating web of human interactions that these technologies make possible. The rules that structure social interaction can take the …. Read More

January 20, 2016

European fear of global change in agriculture

Louise Fresco One could tell two opposing stories about agricultural modernization over the past two centuries. A story about the amazing successes of science leading to an unprecedented food availability and wealth. But there is also a pessimistic story about the disasters that man has brought onto the earth as a result of economic growth. …. Read More