Posts from August 2011

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Mixed Findings on Climate Change’s Impact on Crop Yields

by NYU CTED

A report in Science Magazine examines the effect of climate change on crop yields – for wheat, corn, soy, and rice – since 1980. While the report finds that, overall, crop yields have decreased by 3% for corn and 5% for wheat, some cite flaws in the way the study was conducted and its findings. […]

The African Middle Class

by NYU CTED

A report from the African Development Bank reports that 1 in 3 Africans is middle class, but the Guardian wonders what that means for economic development and what role this middle class, or “catalytic class,” will play in poverty reduction and the future. The Economist, furthermore, cautions against more European or Western assumptions of what […]

Investing Beyond Microfinance

by NYU CTED

CNN Money/FORTUNE took a look at why investors and development should look beyond microfinance and begin investing small or medium-size businesses to spur greater economic development and entrepreneurship. While microfinance is still a key factor in spurring entrepreneurship amongst the world’s extremely poor, the article argues that greater investment in small and medium businesses are […]

New Technologies being used in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

by NYU CTED

A series of panels in South Africa sponsored by UNAIDS focused on interesting ways social media and technology is being used to prevent HIV/AIDS and share critical information about the disease. Blogs, social networks, and mobile phones are all being employed as means of preventing the disease from spreading further.

India and China Closing Information Gap

by NYU CTED

A  report from the World Economic Forum has found that China and India are closing the ICT gap. The report ranks country based on IT infrastructure and IT effectiveness and usage in business. China (36th) and India (48th) led the developing countries in the rankings. The report also noted the new markets and vast consumer […]

The Growing African ICT Industry

by NYU CTED

Africa Renewal has an interesting piece on how the information and communications technology industry has moved beyond being marginal and is now a dominant industry across much of the continent. The article cites three major aspects to this development – first, the rapid growth and expansion of mobile technology and internet access was central to […]

Rwanda’s Transformation

by NYU CTED

Africa Renewal takes a look at the great strides Rwanda has taken since the 1994 genocide that left over 800,000 dead to become a regional leader in information and communication technology. The government has adopted business-friendly policies and set a series of ambitious policies and timeframes to encourage investment, development the ICT infrastructure, and speed […]