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Rural craftsmanship at the heart of sustainable development

In the BBC series Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Gus Casely Hayford highlights the ancient crafts of Benin with particular reference to the sophistication of process and design. Transformational Logistics supporters And Albert Foundation (AAF)has championed traditional skills in Africa for … Continue reading

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African Woman Running Against the Wind

In the 13th century, the Edo people living in the Benin Region of present day Nigeria perfected techniques that created some of the most celebrated pieces in archaeology. In 1897 the Benin Bronzes were discovered and taken to the British … Continue reading

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Street markets are transforming the rules – informally

Kariakoo Market in Dar es Salaam is for locals, it is not the place for tourist trinkets. Since 1974, it has been a hub for local informal trade and with East and Central Africa. With daily business transactions of about … Continue reading

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Innovation is a two way street

And I shall sell you sell you   Sell you of course, my dear, and you’ll sell me. Elizabeth Bishop In her regular FT Weekend Magazine article [17/03/2012], Gillian Tett demonstrates again her grasp of the new economic realities with … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Bridges

Two old engineers were talking of their lives and boasting of their greatest projects. One of the engineers explained how he had designed the largest bridge ever made. “We built it across a river gorge,” he told his friend. “It … Continue reading

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Volunteering for the hospital on a train …

With over 70% of the population living in rural areas in communities lacking the most basic facilities healthcare facilities are scarce. However, India has over 65,000 miles of railtracks and so back in 1991, India Rail backed an initiative called Lifeline Express … Continue reading

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Is jugaad enough to transform the energy shortages?

Years ago I worked in Moscow and was amazed at how many “Remont” or repair shops there were and, how many women carried empty shopping bags – just in case. Making do was a way of life in Soviet times … Continue reading

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You don’t transform a city by abandoning the past

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has said of India that there are some places resembling Sub Saharan Africa and others California. Bangalore is one of the places he had in mind. Home of major Multi Nationals and leading Indian Corporations like … Continue reading

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Aakash transforming livelihoods

Aakash is a hindi word meaning “sky or “ether”. It is a word that will become better known. Now, it is the brand name for an Android-based tablet computer produced by the British company Datawind and manufactured by the India … Continue reading

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How do you build sales in fast growth markets without maps?

As the developed world stagnates and shows little sign of rapid recovery, it is clear that an increasing number of Multi National Corporations will be looking harder at emerging and developing markets for the growth that shareholders look for. So, … Continue reading

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