- 1) Gadaffi offered asylum in Burkina. 2) Rumors his convoy was en route to Ouaga (routing through Niger). 3) Niger and Burkina Faso deny rumors.
- Check out this animated US map showing the opening of US post offices over time. Notable in its own right, but interesting in a development context to remind us that building infrastructure takes time.
- An interesting study on accounting education in the developing world shows that focusing on the act of accounting often takes away from business owners actually using the data to understand their businesses. The takeaway? Teach “rules of thumb” (separate business/personal accounts, just write things down, etc) rather than formal accounting. I’m going to see how I can adjust my accounting sessions to reflect this reality.
- Contrary to popular belief, the poor can actually have much more complicated financial lives than the rich. Check out this great review of the book Portfolios of the Poor.
- SEAWL: Pretending to enjoy tasteless local staples (like tô here in Burkina) is one of the best ways to show that one is bien intégré.
- Returned Burkina PCV Coleman Donaldson awarded Fulbright to study West African language policy at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales.
- World peace could be closer than you think.
- National Geographic has embedded a lot of cool aerial photos in Google Earth. One idea – take a virtual African safari.
- Microfinance study: Borrowers who received two month grace periods before making repayments earned on average 25% higher profits. But there’s a downside – they also defaulted three times more often than those without the grace period.
- Humor: How to write about Africa.
- Solved: how to best board an airplane? Plus, the nugget that every minute a plane spends at a terminal costs a carrier $30.
- Beer aids marathon recovery!? Alas, there’s a catch: Nonalcoholic beer.