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Justice in ramshackle courts
it is impossible to conduct any honourable business in the ramshackle structures that pass for courthouses in parts of the country. And I will have great difficulty submitting to the pretension that these were official buildings where the people worked, deserved any respect.
law  Infrastructure  Ghana  Development  poverty  politics  culture  observation  mum  Africa 
8 weeks ago by amaah
America’s Signature Mode of Transportation Is High-Cost Rail – Hmm Daily
American infrastructure is this costly because of immense, endemic, universal public-private corruption—systems of both direct and financialized graft at every stage of infrastructure development, from the planning to the ribbon-cutting to the use of deferred maintenance to ransack public transportation budgets for cash, year after year, after which the responsible authorities
infrastructure  corruption  France  USA  transportation  ShellGame  Economics  Development 
february 2019 by amaah
Broken Record
when the rains come to Accra... Sisyphus must be the patron saint of urban planners in Ghana
accra  ghana  africa  flood  disaster  development  infrastructure  history  waste  policy  politics  urban  strategy  environment  city  planning  culture  observation  design  toli 
march 2016 by amaah
Can Ethiopia’s railway bring peace to Somalia?
Mr Getachew expresses bewilderment at the World Bank and Western donors such as the European Union, who, he says, were reluctant to fund the railway project. "I think the road lobby was too strong. We ended up with the Chinese, who are not only constructing the railway, but providing most of the funding too."
development  infrastructure  rail  ethiopia  somalia  africa  economics  trade  integration  china  investment  politics  djibouti 
november 2015 by amaah
The cost of pure water
someone should study the history of the sachet water industry... and include the nugget that soldiers can sell water and ice products essentially for 100% margin...
environment  water  development  ghana  pollution  convenience  economics  africa  strategy  informal  plastics  infrastructure 
april 2015 by amaah
Water and Economic Development
Feyi Fawehinmi on why Lagos developed the way it did
water  infrastructure  development  economics  politics  lagos  nigeria  city  urban  policy  geography  africa 
april 2015 by amaah
Lagos Must Prosper
Lagos is simultaneously the love of our lives and the bane of our existences. We dance at a rotating set of nightclubs, gather at art exhibit openings and literary readings, see each other at the same lavish birthdays, weddings and christenings, and go to surprisingly nice beaches not far outside of the city. We also overpay for the same generators because there is no power, overpay for the same imported food and drinks and overpay for the same apartments and houses because of that power problem. But Lagos’s energy is addictive: despite how much it can frustrate you, its hustle and creativity are stimulating. People do not beg often. You will complain here; you will also accomplish some of your finest work.
city  lagos  nigeria  urban  development  africa  culture  hustle  infrastructure 
april 2015 by amaah
Traffic jams paralyzing Bay Area
Truck traffic from the Port of Oakland to the Central Valley has turned I-80, I-580 and I-880 into big rig alleys. Thieves continue to steal copper wiring at metering lights, and when they don't work, highway traffic backs up. Road construction is underway seemingly everywhere. Schools are back in session. Gas prices have fallen 28 cents a gallon over the past year. And more traffic on the road means likely more crashes that make things even worse.
systems  networks  traffic  congestion  transportation  infrastructure  design  roads 
november 2013 by amaah
Power Africa | The White House
infrastructure is the key apparently and we can't have the Chinese getting all the contracts
ghana  development  Africa  strategy  policy  transportation  usa  infrastructure  China  energy 
july 2013 by amaah
Google's Fairy Tale
RSS is the closest we have managed to get to creating a peer-to-peer social network
networks  feeds  adoption  google  technology  social  economics  web  infrastructure  distribution  internet 
march 2013 by amaah
ECOWAS’s Infrastructure A Regional Perspective (pdf)
working roads and railways would be good

Surface transport in West Africa is very expensive compared with the rest of Africa and the developing world. The causes are cartelization and restrictive regulation of the trucking industry. High freight charges do not reflect high transport costs so much as high trucking profits that can be traced to the lack of competition in the industry. Trucking industry profit margins in West Africa were found to be on the order of 80 percent, compared with 20–60 percent in southern Africa.

Surface transport in West Africa is also very slow compared with the rest of Africa and the developing world, because of frequent delays associated with administrative processes.
regulation  africa  nigeria  ghana  strategy  policy  transportation  roads  integration  ecowas  development  Infrastructure 
november 2012 by amaah
Why do the poor choose TVs over toilets?
true the world over... entertainment or rather communication trumps sanitation any day... see cell phone adoption statistics
communities  technology  adoption  culture  communication  Infrastructure  preferences  development  poverty 
june 2012 by amaah
If It's Made of Metal, Thieves Aren't Picky
on the theft of manhole covers and sundry items, all of it driven by the high price of copper... tragedy of the commons
development  Infrastructure  usa  recession  gremlins  theft  crime  copper  commodities  economics 
may 2012 by amaah
Defragmenting Africa
The World Bank's report on regional integration in Africa - or rather the barriers to such
regulation  strategy  Infrastructure  development  politics  policy  integration  economics  trade  Africa 
february 2012 by amaah
Paving Paradise
on the benefits of concrete:
Kids in houses that moved from all-dirt to all-concrete floors saw parasitic infestation rates drop 78 percent; the number of children who had diarrhea in any given month dropped by half; anemia fell more than four-fifths; and scores on cognitive tests went up by more than a third. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, mothers in newly cemented houses reported less depression and greater life satisfaction.)
development  publichealth  science  health  infrastructure  housing  economics  policy  strategy 
january 2012 by amaah
Mobile technology for communty health in Ghana (pdf)
case study on "mobile midwives": disseminating information to pregnant woman via cell phones and the associated growing pains, pun intended
ghana  africa  health  publichealth  mobile  technology  networks  education  pregnancy  development  infrastructure  poverty  policy 
november 2011 by amaah
A Sodom and Gomorrah dilemma
I have reported on floods in Accra since 1968, I have accompanied ministers and heads of state around the flooded areas of the city, I have been taken by the air force to get an aerial view, I have written editorials and countless articles, I have been on discussion programmes, I have been outraged and I have even been reduced to tears by the destruction caused by angry, swollen raging waters.

In Accra we build houses without permits and put up structures in waterways and use drains for rubbish disposal.

Every year when the rains come and the floods devastate the city, we all say these unauthorised structures must be demolished.

But once the sun comes out and the waters begin to recede, the tone of the conversation changes.
"we know the people there must be resettled, but it must be done with a human face".
He is not the first president to want to do this. Unfortunately there is no "human-face way" to demolish a structure.
accra  ghana  culture  poverty  development  infrastructure  floods  slums  urban  city  environment  observation  history  mum  africa 
november 2011 by amaah
Africa Calling
essay # 4080 on mobile phones in Africa... every checkmark ticked
mobile  telecom  communication  technology  networks  systems  development  infrastructure  economics  strategy  cell 
april 2010 by amaah
UK to invest £30m in Nigerian public transport system
infrastructure is the new black...the Chinese shouldn't be the only ones to have fun in Africa... interesting that they are going for overlay networks... also watch the resistance from incumbent minibus operators, their brand of entrepreneurship is being targeted.
transportation  infrastructure  urban  city  Lagos  Nigeria  england  politics  economics  strategy  networks  systems  overlay  development  policy  design  architecture 
april 2010 by amaah
Slums Urban Living
slums as sustainable utopia and models for development and reconfiguration of our living practices - Stewart Brand posits away
slums  architecture  urban  sustainability  design  informal  development  population  city  environment  infrastructure  poverty  economics  energy 
april 2010 by amaah
Telecom companies seek to make Haiti a mobile nation
a little self-serving isn't it? A wireless company asking that no fiber cable be part of the infrastructure plan? Of course network infrastructure should be most expedient but let's not forget the subtext and the hidden agenda. The good news is that there continues to be fierce competition in the mobile sphere as in most countries so at worst we'd get oligopoly and not monopoly as in the wired past
networks  telecom  communications  mobile  systems  technology  strategy  politics  haiti  development  infrastructure  policy 
march 2010 by amaah
What Constrains Africa’s Exports? (pdf)
working paper that pinpoints transit delays rather than the oft-bemoaned bureaucratic delays in customs as the main constraint on exports. The implication is that infrastructure rather than corruption is the most pressing need.
economics  research  infrastructure  development  bureaucracy  regulation  strategy  policy  politics  transportation  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2010 by amaah
After Quake, Rural Haiti Struggles to Absorb the Capital’s Displaced
the misery of the countryside is compounding the effects of the disaster. I’ve heard people say it would be better to risk another earthquake in Port-au-Prince than to stay in this rural poverty without any help from the government
Haiti  recovery  disaster  rural  migration  urban  culture  infrastructure  poverty  policy  reconstruction  strategy 
march 2010 by amaah
A Bus System Reopens Rifts in South Africa
interesting problem... we want/need bus rapid transit systems (for efficiency, environment and public policy reasons) and it makes sense to have them be overlay networks on top of taxi and mini-bus systems. Adoption however is subject to competition, politics and geography... Cash flow businesses like taxis and minibuses are low barrier entrypoints into entrepreneurship and often add convenience of routes and. in the South African context, have historical resonance and influential political constituencies... How should the tradeoffs be made and what will passengers use? I'm curious also about the payment systems on these newfangled bus rapid transit schemes... The same issues have been seen on a much reduced scale in Ghana with the 'Kufuour' buses - often second hand that were introduced in the past decade: initial uneasy coexistence with tro-tro and taxi industry, routes that weren't as flexible initially and yet after a few years the buses are always full. Revisit for the toli
bus  transportation  systems  networks  taxi  adoption  design  architecture  urban  city  development  infrastructure  poltics  policy  strategy  history  race  SouthAfrica  Africa 
february 2010 by amaah
'What Is Bad About It': Top African Banker Defends Investment from China
We should try to bring newcomers like China or India and others into the same framework of thinking as the OECD countries. But simply pointing fingers is not the best way to do that. We should set incentives to convince them. But if we stand on the pulpit, they can just as easily point back at the traditional donor nations. For a long time, many badly governed places, like the Mobutu regime were getting aid for strategical reasons. Aside from that, I think that good governance can only become anchored in a country when it is something that is owned by the citizens themselves.
Africa  investment  economics  strategy  business  China  infrastructure  development  BlackGold 
january 2010 by amaah
Impact of Rural Electrification on Microenterprise
statistics from Ghana, Peru and the Philippines... slightly dated and should be interesting to compare with the impact of cell phone proliferation... interesting that communities that wouldn't plump for electricity for decades needed the carrot of the mobile phone to actually force them into this century (the allure of television wasn't enough, it took the cell phone)... Now to find a carrot to deal with water and sewage plants...
development  infrastructure  electricity  agriculture  rural  ghana  peru  statistics  research  economics  philipines  microfinance  incentives 
january 2010 by amaah
From Haiti's ruins, a chance to rebuild a nation
Until the 1980s, Haiti grew almost all the rice that it ate. But in 1986, under pressure from foreign governments, including the United States, Haiti removed its tariff on imported rice. By 2007, 75 percent of the rice eaten in Haiti came from the United States Haitians took to calling the product "Miami Rice."

The switch to importing rice was driven by U.S. subsidies for its own growers, The result in Haiti was a neglect of domestic agriculture that left many of the country's farmers, still the majority of its population, unable to support themselves, fueling waves of urban migration and environmental degradation.
policy  haiti  agriculture  development  strategy  economics  environment  infrastructure  sustainability  USA  politics 
january 2010 by amaah
A City in Search of Good Fortune
DK and Quilian's observations and photo essay on Buenaventura, Colombia. It is akin to Tema and fits their low end theory notions of architecture and urban design. The accompanying photo essay is revelatory. The culture of adjacencies, networks and containers.
design  architecture  city  urban  observation  perception  adjacencies  networks  systems  social  informal  slums  control  borderlands  policy  infrastructure  development  dk  lowendtheory 
january 2010 by amaah
South Korea in $10bn Ghana homes deal
building 200,000 homes in Ghana over the next six years... a joint venture... one notes that local companies weren't part of the bidding... much as in the Millenium Challenge Accounts disbursements, companies on the ground don't have the capacity to handle large construction hence the resort to Chinese and now South Korean firms...
housing  investment  development  Africa  Korea  infrastructure  policy  economics  capacity  Ghana 
december 2009 by amaah
What does it take to save a species? Sometimes, high-voltage power wires
the analogy would be to the borderlands between North and South Korea - human infrastructure becoming environmental preserves
wire  wiring  infrastructure  cabling  environment  biology  resilience  adaptation  evolution 
november 2009 by amaah
Ghana Scientific Instrumentation Centre (pdf)
notes from 1967 on An institute for the production of prototypes of scientific instruments" ... Memorandum on co-operation between Ghana and Unesco
history  science  policy  UN  Ghana  Africa  development  technology  infrastructure  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2009 by amaah
Information Economy Report 2009
highlights: the statistics on the adoption rates of mobile and internet technologies
technology  adoption  mobile  telecom  communication  internet  development  economics  infrastructure  strategy  statistics  Africa 
october 2009 by amaah
The Infrastructural City
Yet Los Angeles persists, sustained by its extensive infrastructures — “life-support systems,” as Varnelis characterizes them. Roads, freeways, rail corridors, ports; electric lines, gas lines, oil lines, communication lines; imported water for drinking, for cleaning, for treating waste, for irrigating crops: each system built according to its own independent logic, then overlaid on a landscape — and an increasingly complex urban terrain — to maximize efficiency, to maximize flows. Through time, these infrastructures have snaked over and under and across one another, with expanding regional and continental and sometimes global reach.
networks  architecture  infrastructure  city  LA  LosAngeles  systems  design  urban  engineering  adaptability  resilience  sustainability  culture  observation  perception  review 
october 2009 by amaah
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