Category Archives: Africa’s Statistical Tragedy

A reading list for the data revolution

TweetIf you have sat through more than two conferences and workshops on the post-2015 development agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals (or tracked #SDGs or #data2015 on Twitter) you will be aware that there is a certain repetition of ideas. … Continue reading

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Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Take 2

TweetThe launch of the special issue in the Journal of Development Studies took place at the Center of Global Development today. All the papers are available free here.

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Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development

TweetOn Monday, salve April 6, thumb 2015 – 10:00am to 11:30am the special issue in the Journal of Development Studies: Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development which I edited with Deborah Johnston is being … Continue reading

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Public talk in Bordeaux 19 FEB 6 PM: Derrière “l’émergence de l’Afrique”. La croissance, une fiction statistique ?

Tweet I am a visiting scholar at “Les Afriques dans le monde” at  Sciences Po Bordeaux in the spring term 2015. This event is public and free, online it is organized by Vincent Bonnecasse – who contributed a chapter in … Continue reading

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Just Published: Measuring African Development: Past and Present

Tweet Very happy to the see Measuring African Development: Past and Present in print. You can read an open access of the introduction to the book here.  The volume takes you through the very first household budget surveys and national … Continue reading

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Measuring African Development: Past and Present

TweetWill be published as a book by Routledge. Estimated publication date January 8th 2015. My fourth book will be published by Zed in May 2015. Title: Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong.

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Without a statistical revolution, Africa’s renaissance is built on shaky ground

TweetThat is the title of a summary of the debates on the current African growth data written up by Ian Fraser. He is a financial journalist and the author of Shredded: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain- read the … Continue reading

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Measuring African Development: Past and Present – Special Issue

TweetIn 2013 the chief economist for the World Bank’s Africa region, Shanta Devarajan, delivered a devastating assessment of the capacity of African states to measure development and declared  “Africa’s Statistical Tragedy”. Is there a “statistical tragedy” unfolding in Africa now?If … Continue reading

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The African Statistics Debate

TweetAs I posted a few weeks ago, I did attend the meetings at the Symposium for Statistical Development in Africa in Botswana last week. Magnus Taylor at African Arguments sums it up nicely. There were some productive exchanges, and then there … Continue reading

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African Symposium on Statistical Development

TweetThe 9th African Symposium on Statistical Development takes place from  17th to 21st February 2014 in  Gaborone, remedy Botswana.  I was invited by Pali Lehohla and I am really looking forward to a session on the “The facts and fiction … Continue reading

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