The Perception of China in Africa
Millenium Project South Africa Node cites a paper that examines "not only African attitudes towards China’s African presence, but the very considerations informing these views. [The authors] estimate the effects of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, Sino-African trade, and African notions of democracy and human rights on African attitudes regarding ‘China-in-Africa.’
Sources:Millennium Project South Africa Node March 2010, pages 8
The Impact of Chinese Presence in Africa, 2008
China’s interdependence with developing countries
China's new found buying power is helping fuel growth in developing countries in Latin America and South Africa.
From Millennium Project South Africa Node:
"Dr Martyn Davies, Head of the China Africa Network at Gordon Institute of Business Science) GIBS… states that China's demand for energy and commodities is underpinning and fueling growth in Sub-Saharan Africa... He calls it a ‘new coupling of growth’ where China's or Africa's growth is dependent on Chinese demand and its supply chains."
From Internacional Nacional Foro:
Sources:Millennium Project South Africa Node, March 2010, page 2
Internacional Nacional Foro, February 2010, page 5:
New simulation models for economic development policy
The Asian Development Bank is designing a new computer program for simulating microeconomic behavior can be used to guide investment decisions in poverty-intervention projects.
Sources:Intellecap July 2010, pgs. 8
Low-tech aids in tracking maternal and infant care
A new system proposed by an innovation group in the World Bank will use cell phones to track efficacy of ground-level maternal and infant health services.
Mega-Cities Become Mega-Regions
A trend towards “mega-regions” helped the world pass a tipping point—more half the world’s people now live in cities.
The world’s mega-cities are merging to form vast ‘mega-regions’ which may stretch hundreds of kilometers across counties and be home to more than 100 million people. The biggest mega-regions, which are at the forefront of the rapid urbanization sweeping the world, are:
Hong Kong-Shenhzen-Guangzhou, China—120 million people
Sources:The Millenium Project, South African Node, March 2010, page 10:
State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009:
The Guardian, March 22, 2010:
Indonesia’s Bid to Become (Organic) Bread Basket of the World
Indonesia’s government is taking significant steps to increase food security. From Strategic Foresight Group (SFG):
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Asian Horizons,March 2010 page 7-8:
India's Path to Better Urban Infrastructure
Developing cities around the world face major issues with traffic and difficulties with commuting. The toll that this takes productivity are just recently being calculated. When traveling just a few kilometers can take up to an hour, not only does work productivity decline, but people living in rapidly gowing urban areas face problems of access to hospitals, schools and other necesities. The rates of traffic accidents are also increasing as drivers become impatient and take creative and dangerous routes.
Sources:Intellecap Dec. 2010 pg2. 4-5:
Pro-Poor Perspective in Urban Water Supply
India has recently successfully begun public-private partnerships (PPPs) to provide around the clock water to a few urban areas. Having been deemed successful, Intellicap warns against being too hasty in rolling out similar initiatives in all areas.
Sources:Intellicap Dec. 2010 pg. 3:
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Signal on the PPPs:
Speaking about potential resource conflicts within Southeast Asia with Noviscope, Jack Smith says, "...we are likely to see heightened levels of government intervention aimed at (a) maintaining an equitable balance in resource allocation among interest groups at domestic level; and (b) securing strategic national resources from exploitation by foreign governments or companies.
Sources:Noviscape July 2010, pgs. 13:
One-stop-shop for ICT4E solutions in India
Educomp has partnered with local government in India to provide one-stop-shop education solution services – IT infrastructure, hardware, training, digital content – for government schools across the country. Educomp’s streamlined services have helped bring ICT4E (Internet Communication Technologies) to many students, and they are a major ICT4E provider in India. Intellecap also highlights that Educomp has public‐private partnerships with 14 State Governments in India and covers over 14,500 government schools and 7.9 million students.