Tina Rosenberg

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Imagina que tus enemigos tuvieran un tipo de armas con las que, de vez en cuando, atacan a tu pueblo. Podrían pasar décadas sin que haya ataques, pero en algún momento volverán a suceder. También imagina que esas armas se hicieran más potentes y, los ataques, más frecuentes.

Ahora imagina que hubiera una forma de proteger a tu gente de esas amenazas. Sin embargo, generarla sería costoso y podría tomar años. Así que por eso no se fabrica.

Cada ataque provocaría muertes, pánico y una protesta: “¿Dónde está nuestra defensa? ¿Por qué no estamos protegidos?”. Pero en cuanto pasara el ataque, también se acabaría el interés por prepararse para el siguiente.…  Seguir leyendo »

Pauline Kimari is a pharmacist in Ndaragwa, Kenya, a small town several hours’ drive north of Nairobi. She moved there from rural Muranga, several hours away, to open a small shop, Ndaragwa Joy Chemist. It is white with blue and green doors and a blue bench inside. She sells medicine and cosmetics.

She is 43, devoted to God and her family. Her parents in Muranga still farm coffee, tea, corn, beans and other vegetables. Kimari’s success allows her to send them money regularly. “I’ve been a great help to them,” she said.

She used to have two ways to send money, neither satisfactory.…  Seguir leyendo »

Andrew Mude, a Kenyan economist, has a way of explaining satellites. When he’s talking to pastoralists in his country’s north — people who roam the earth with a dozen head of cattle and very little else — he talks about the stars that don’t act like other stars. “They’re actually taking pictures of the ground,” Mude says. Herders, a stargazing people, understand.

Mude has figured out a way those fake stars can help. They can make it easier to assure rural Africans that they can survive a drought.

Because of climate change, life has become harder each year for pastoralists. What used to be every-five-year droughts now come every other year.…  Seguir leyendo »

Werner respondeded to the criticism by altering the plan; now Bridge is to operate 50 schools next year, while another 70 will be chosen in a competitive process. Others on the short list (Tuesday is the deadline for final proposals) include Omega Schools, a Ghana-based chain of 38 private schools; Rising Academies, which operates three schools in Sierra Leone; and BRAC Liberia, a branch of the world’s largest anti-poverty group, which operates free schools for the most marginalized students. At the end of the project year, an outside evaluator will measure results, leaving data for Liberia’s next administration to ponder. So this plan is now far less radical than when first envisioned.…  Seguir leyendo »