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Should we really be talking in terms of rural finance?

Should we really be talking in terms of rural finance? Among dozens of terminologies that have found their way into Africa over the past few decades is rural finance. The…

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How informal food markets express African-oriented knowledge realities

When you visit an African city and want to see practices that portray African identity and knowledge don’t believe what you see in hotels, colleges, formal schools or government departments….

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Yes, African food traders have better techniques than PhD graduates in Economics

Academics like economists rely on authors and literature based on research conducted within a given time frame. Such literature has no room for adjustments as new events and knowledge emerge. …

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Convergence between imported knowledge and indigenous knowledge

African countries have not invested in understanding areas of convergence or overlap between Western knowledge and indigenous knowledge systems (IKS). In addition to continuous dependence on imported knowledge, most African…

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Why economic growth should not be about turning productive land into buildings

With Africa fast becoming the world’s centre of economic gravity due to its natural resources, it should re-define economic growth. Growth is not about building sky scrapers or turning productive…

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Building knowledge driven succession pathways – Lessons from informal markets

The survival of African informal markets is hinged on fluid succession pathways based on indigenous knowledge systems. Old people who inherited trading stalls from their parents smoothly move out of…

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If development agencies were investors most rural areas would be towns by now

If development organizations and NGOs were investors, districts like Buhera, Binga, Chimanimani, Insiza and many others in Zimbabwe ld be towns by now. The same can be said for several…

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African home-grown economies have their own unique indicators

Convergence between formal and informal African economies has become fertile ground for building home-grown economies that have unique indicators. Cities are platforms for such convergence because they are conduits through…

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Key characteristics of a home-grown African economy

A home-grown economy is all about identity and some identity features start from a country’s name.  During the colonial era Rhodesia had its own meaning and image associated with Cecil…

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The flip side of participatory methodologies

While the importance of involving communities in solving their own challenges has been supported for decades, the limitations of participatory methodologies have not received enough attention. Usually participatory methods emphasize…

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