Monday, November 07, 2011

What does a grapefruit spoon have to do with economic development in Uganda?

"Asking even the top economists within many African countries to remove barriers to development is like telling a teenager to remove his appendix with a grapefruit spoon." -Karl Muth, a friend and colleague from LSE who recently moved to the neighborhood. You can read his full article here. (ps--I'm the colleague in the cafe closer to Juba than Kampala) On a seemingly related, but actually entirely extraneous note, I'm still looking for a grapefruit seedling to plant in my mini-orchard outside my rather super hut. Just in case anyone reading has one, or knows where to get one in Uganda, or knows if I can just grow it from seed...

2 comments:

- said...

Not sure how to post this but I responded to Mr Muth's post here...

"His first specific example of policy and human capital failures in Africa, 'inflation underway in the Kenyan and Ugandan shilling', not only fails grammatically (inflation happens to prices not currency), it also completely ignores the fact that the Bank of Uganda's Governor's response to inflation has been praised by the IMF among others. In fact, Mr Mutebile was named best Central Bank Director in Africa by the IMF and World Bank this year, a recognition most would find significant though perhaps not those who equate the capacity of 'top economists in many African nations' to 'remove barriers to development' to a teenager's ability to 'remove his appendix with a grapefruit spoon', as Mr Muth does."

http://www.vicarnar.com/2011/11/on-those-southbound-flights.html

Esther said...

Wait ... is this the guest part of your Super Hut building project ??? What?! Seems like time is flying. I meant to write and ask how the construction was going. Wow--I'm impressed!