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Five Development Success Stories

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

Julius Kambarage Nyerere

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

The Eradication of Poverty

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

What is ‘Inclusive Growth’?

Guest post by Andy Norman. This blog was originally posted on Inclusiveness is a concept that is popping up more and more in policy debates. The growing calls for inclusive growth represent a welcome move away from the growth-only paradigm that was suffocating development discourse. But what does it really mean? Here’s the OECD talking

Where has all the education gone?

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

The Need for ID

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

How Does Change Happen?

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

Earth Day

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

Goodbye from Andy and Remco

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

Effective Altruism

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

The Power of Prices

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.

4 Reasons for Optimism in Tanzania

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