Monthly Archives: February 2011

Internet and Democracy

Does the internet impact democracy? Does is help foster democracy, or does it absolutely have no impact? This debate has been heating up in the last few years with the dramatic impact of Web 2.0 and social media. In this … Continue reading

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The Mobile Money (M-PESA) Phenomenon in Kenya!

M-PESA, a mobile phone-based system for person-to-person payments and money transfers. M-PESA – M stands for mobile phone, and PESA is a Swahili word for money. We in the developed world take money transfer for granted, as is usually a … Continue reading

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Tertiary (Higher) Education: Issues and Impact

In today’s globalized world, and in a knowledge-based economy, we have seen the emergence of knowledge as a major driver of growth in the context of the global economy, the information and communication revolution, the emergence of a worldwide labor … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 4: Russia – Impact of its History on its Economy

Historical facts: It’s centralized and militarized state has distinguished Russia for centuries. It’s deeply ingrained sense of territorial security created the need for a large and expensive state bureaucracy and military. After WWI, the Russian empire lagged economically and technologically … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 3 : Brazil and its Recent Rise

Some Historical Background: Brazil achieved independence from Portugal in 1822, but a constitutional monarchy was preserved until 1889. The old republic (1889–1930) was a highly decentralized state dominated by local political clans. Internal conflicts led to the collapse of the … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 2 : China and its Economy

History: Historically, China has been the most powerful state in East Asia. From the Han dynasty (206 BC to AD 220) through to the early modern period, it was one of the most advanced countries in the world technologically. But … Continue reading

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The Role of Civil Society in Educational Development

Social Accountability and Governance – Role of Civil Society: There is a fundamental misunderstanding regarding the role of civic engagement in the development of a country – it is perceived as existing in the absence of a robust state. In … Continue reading

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