Can economic growth in Africa be fuelled by rapid increases in population?

I have just read an interesting blog by Wolfgang Fengler on one of the World Bank’s websites. He notes the fact that Africa’s population is rising rapidly and will soon pass the one billion mark. In fact the UN’s projections expect this to rise to 1.7 billion by 2050, although this is based on declining fertility, and Fengler believes that … Continue reading

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Little Green Data Book 2009

For those of you who are keeping up with environmental issues, the World Bank has just published its “Little Green Data Book 2009”. This latest edition points out that the world’s cities are the main drivers of global warming because most economic activity takes place in urban areas. Since cities have become hubs of relative affluence, their greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading

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