Stefan Dercon (Oxford) on Risks, Farming & Poverty…

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/110404-DerconStefan_OnEthiopiaAndPovertyTraps.mp3[/mp3] [caption id="attachment_203" align="alignright" width="98"] Prof. Stefan Dercon[/caption] Why do the poor in Africa suffer so terribly from drought and other natural disasters? Is this simply bad luck, or perhaps bad decision-making? .. Or does…

Margaret Docking on Family Planning in Uganda and…

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/DockingOnFamilyPlanningUganda.mp3[/mp3] The United Nations' Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) put much emphasis on health, and infant and maternal health at that. Unfortunately, however, it is the maternal health goal -- goal 5 (Improve Maternal health) --…

Briefing: Explaining the North African Uprisings: the (lost)…

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/AfricanUprisings.mp3[/mp3] Special Guest writer, Jeremy Kamil, brings us a fascinating piece on the recent uprisings in Northern Africa. The key question Jeremy addresses is, 'Why these nations, and why now?' Whilst many in the press…

Africa has to find its own road to…

(Thanks to Ben Hirons) With respect of Dambisa Moyo's thoughts on Dead Aid here is another President of an African nation, this time, Paul Kagame of Rwanda making a case for leading Africa out of…

Jakob Madsen on Models of Economic Growth

[mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/MadsenOnGrowth.mp3[/mp3] Jakob Madsen, Professor of Economics at Monash University has spent many years in Macro-economic research. He has a particular interest in long-run growth, the models that have been used to explain it, and the…

The IMF says 1.4% Contraction for Australia in…

Listen online here: [mp3]http://www.econnow.com/wp/wp-content/mp3/IMFGrowthPredictions.mp3[/mp3] Or download the podcast here: download (mp3) It seems to me that the recent discussion and alarm about the world economic recession has somehow got itself unhinged from the basic importance…

Zimbabwe – Left to Die – Foreign Correspondent…

Watch the video here: Watch online now Read the transcript of Andrew Geoghegan's undercover trip to Zimbabwe from ABC's Foreign Correspondent, an excerpt is here: Cholera is a preventable disease, yet there’s an epidemic raging…

Is Aid Killing Africa? – Foreign Correspondent –…

Watch the episode here: Watch online This Foreign Correspondent report brings the work of Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born economist who thinks that western Aid is creating long-term dependencies on outside help, stifling internal economic activity…