Tag Archives: development data

Data revolution tested by African growth riddle

Investors believe that Africa is the growth continent. But new UN hunger figures tell a different story. Is this a case of bad growth or bad poverty data?

Lies, damned lies, and African economic statistics

Shanta Devarajan, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, has exposed the primitive statistical methodology on which African GDP and poverty figures rely. Interpret statements about growth and poverty reduction with a grain of salt, he advises.

Getting better maybe

Fashionable selections of development success stories should be qualified by the reality that data collection in Africa is slow and unreliable.

Global poverty needs global priority

The new OneWorld Global Poverty Guide strives to inject new energy into the reordering of global priorities that is needed more than ever to create a fairer world.

Data collection problems in developing countries

William the Conqueror was a thousand years ahead of his time. As the lack of accurate data undermines the Millennium Development Goals, we can see how the Domesday Book was a model for development planning in its day.

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