Monthly Archives February 2017

Africa Has Too Many Pilots, None Of Them Taking Off! – by Joe Abah

No! Not aircraft pilots, donor pilot projects. The world of development is littered with “pilots.” Demonstration projects that show it can be done. We know that with donor funding, donor expertise, discrete initiatives and clearly defined “results” certain things can work in developing countries. We know that! Doing new pilots do not tell us anything new. The question is: do donor pilot projects lead to “organic diffusion? Does doing demonstration projects lead to systemic changes in institutions. By Institutions, we mean the way that things are done in a society. This is to be distinguished from Organisations (groups of people
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When money finishes, people remain: The challenges of youth unemployment in Nigeria

February 2017 Abah, J. When money finishes, people remain: The challenges of youth unemployment in Nigeria. GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 1. February/March 2017. The need to tackle rising youth unemployment is clear to all. Nigeria needs to develop a coordinated, overarching youth employment policy, approved at the highest level of government, to guide all the interventions. A few days ago, Mr Bisi Ogunwale, a businessman, reported on Twitter how a young boy had begged him for money at a popular bus stop in Lagos, the bustling commercial capital of Nigeria. When he refused to give the boy any
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