Government and Business Building Skills in Botswana

Debswana Diamond Company, the world’s leading producer of gem diamonds, is owned in equal shares by the government of Botswana and the South African company DeBeers. Early on it built and ran primary schools at its Orapa and Jwaneng mines, targeting employee children but also benefi

2014 African Transformation Report

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Government and Business Building Skills in Botswana

Debswana Diamond Company, the world’s leading producer of gem diamonds, is owned in equal shares by the government of Botswana and the South African company DeBeers. Early on it built and ran primary schools at its Orapa and Jwaneng mines, targeting employee children but a...

What executives say about the global value chain for garments

To find out more about Sub-Saharan Africa’s prospects in the global value chain for garments, ACET surveyed senior executives from eight companies in the industry and conducted more extensive interviews with three of the companies. Of the three, one is a very large U.S....

Challenges in Modernizing Agriculture

Improvements in agricultural technology have come slowly in Africa, and not much is known about the diffusion of better technologies. In many ways, Africa is late in developing research capacity, and many crops and commodities had very little research effort until the past 1...

Leading Transformation—The Buck Starts Here

In August 2011 late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi went to Beijing, advised by Justin Lin, then chief economist at the World Bank, about the rising wages and pending relocation of the Chinese shoe industry to low-income countries. Zenawi’s mission? Bring a factory back to Eth...

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Sustainable Resource Series: Accountability in the MOG Sector in West Africa

In recent years, West Africa has experienced sustained high growth rates, especially in the minerals, oil, and gas (MOG) producing countries, and has outperformed the other African sub-regions. However, this has not been translated into sustainable development due in part to

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Follow-Up Discussions from Nairobi

On December 5–6, ACET and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) partnered to bring leading economists, policymakers, and business leaders to Nairobi to discuss the latest thinking on The Quest for Economic Transformation in Africa. The con