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Formalising the Informal Sector

The informal sector consists of businesses whose operation falls outside of official government parameters for a number of reasons. This puts these entities at a disadvantage as they are often excluded from the benefits that come with formalisation. 733 more words


Over 240 years after John Adams’ “The Wealth of Nations”, it would be expected that economists have answered all the questions of the world; solved all economic uncertainties; and projected the future for the next hundred years. 119 more words


Leverage devolution to make Kenya's economy more resilient to politics

This article first appeared in my weekly column with the Business Daily on November 12, 2017

A few weeks ago the Kenya Private Sector Alliance stated that the business community had lost more than KES 700 billion in just four months of electioneering. 598 more words


Informality - Africa and Latin America

In the last article, I gave an overview of the informal sector in both Latin America and Africa while looking at the general features that characterise them. 701 more words

What does the automobile mean for Ghana? "Ghana on the Go" by Dr. Jennifer Hart.

If there is one lesson to be imparted from Dr. Jennifer Hart’s Ghana on the Go, it is that you cannot talk about Ghana in the 20th century without talking about the effect the automobile and the increased possibilities for mobile Ghanaians to work in the new economies. 515 more words

The Spoils of War: German Askari soldiers in German East Africa 1890-1918

Michelle Moyd provides us with a look at the Askari – the German colonial soldiers of German East Africa- in her book Violent Intermediaries. The focus of this book is to look at the colonial development of German East Africa from 1890-1918 by examining the lives of the Askari. 558 more words

Policy pathways for addressing informality

By Juan R. de Laiglesia, Senior Economist, OECD Development Centre

The prevailing international discourse on informality has shifted. The conceptual “discovery” of the informal sector by the… 1,438 more words