South Korea South Korea’s recent development has been nothing short of spectacular. In less than half a century, it has gone from being wracked by poverty and dependent on foreign aid, to one of the most advanced countries in the world. In 1960, the average income per person was the equivalent of just $155 a
As part of the ‘Postgrads from the Edge’ series, University of Edinburgh PhD student Tom Cunningham has written a great post on perhaps the university’s best-known African graduate, Julius Nyerere: As President of Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) he led Tanganyika to Independence in 1961 and served as President of the Republic of Tanzania (the
Guest post by Andy Norman. I spent from January to April this year as an intern at Seed Change. During this time, I wrote a blog for a sustainability organisation in the UK about my experience in Kigoma. Here it is! The environmental imperative for sustainability in our world is now clearer than ever.
Last Monday was International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; a day which can trace its roots to a gathering of more than 100,000 people in Paris on 17th October 1987 to honour the victims of poverty and demand more action worldwide. According to the UN, the day calls for “presenting and promoting… concrete activities
You should know by now that we love a good International Day of Something or Other here at Seed Change Blog HQ. In case you missed it, September 8th was International Literacy Day. Despite steady progress, illiteracy remains endemic around the world. UNESCO estimates that 758 million adults cannot read and write. 122 million of
Guest post by Andy Norman. This blog was originally posted on andynormdevelopment.wordpress.com A little while ago I wrote a post arguing that recent strong growth here in Tanzania has not been inclusive. Poverty prevails because growth has not benefited the poor as much as it has benefited the rich. Growth has not, lamentably, been inclusive. Inclusiveness is
Of all the supposed development panaceas touted in the twentieth century, education seemed to many the most likely to succeed. It’s so logical and makes for such a nice argument: invest in education and your country will flourish. This is why the post World War II period saw an unprecedented increase in gross school enrolments
We’ve all done it. We’ve all queued up outside a nightclub in the cold for half an hour, only to realise at the front of the queue that we’ve left our ID at home. Okay, perhaps not all of us, but I definitely have. In fact, I probably spent half of my university life trying
When I joined Seed Change for a 3-month internship last January, I had just finished studying for a master’s in Development Economics – a discipline which seeks to solve such problems as how poor countries can become rich and how they can grow both their economies and their citizen’s incomes. Development Economics may sound like
These days it seems as if there is an international day for everything. Tuesday 23rd February 2016 was International Dog Biscuit Appreciation day. Wednesday 20th January 2016 was Penguin Awareness Day. Those of you cursing at having missed your chance to be aware of penguins this year, don’t despair, World Penguin Day is coming up
Remco got to know Seed Change while working in Kigoma Region on a beekeeping project in 2014. He was so interested in our work that he decided to come back to Kigoma after a break in Belgium, and support Seed Change. Andy joined Seed Change off the back of spending 3 months working with NGOs
At the end of last year, in a state of giddy, philanthropy-inducing delight after the birth of their first daughter, Mark Zukerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook shares during their lifetime. At the moment, this equates to a whopping $45 billion! To put that in perspective, it’s more than
Taxi drivers all over the world are renowned for charging extortionate rates to tourists. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all arrived at an airport and vastly overpaid for a taxi. We’ve all been taken for a ride, figuratively as well as literally. This is probably because we didn’t know how much the going rate was.
1. Solar Power According to a recent World Bank study, Tanzania is very sunny. Why a whole study was needed to decide this, we are not quite sure. Regardless, it appears Tanzania can even compete with the siesta-inducing rays of the sun-drenched, southern European solar powerhouse of Spain. While we shouldn’t expect a sudden influx
The Tanzanian economy is growing. Fast. Economic growth has been hovering around 7% since the mid 1990s and is expected by those who claim to know these things to continue in this vein for some time. This makes Tanzania one of the fastest growing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and represents a refreshing change from the