Stories: Economy

  • Mombasa Rising? Secessionist Movement Grows on Kenya’s Coast

    Kenya's Coast Province boasts of wealth of opportunity -- pristine beaches, deluxe hotels, a major port and an oil refinery -- but for locals in the picturesque city of Mombasa, it's hardly a paradise. Years of land grabbing and cronyism have made them squatters on their own ancestral lands. Increasing numbers of residents feel they can only gain...

  • Big Retailers Face Resistance in India

    India is bracing for nationwide strikes on Thursday. Many stores will close to protest the Indian government’s decision to open the country to big Western retailers like Wal-Mart. Indian leaders tried to do this last year, but backtracked after fierce opposition. Reporter Christopher Werth has more.

  • India’s ‘Demographic Dividend’ Only Good If There’s Growth

    Kai Ryssdal: Tomorrow in New Delhi, Indian economists will get their latest growth figures to chew on. Quarterly GDP is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.3 percent. Economists -- not to mention certain politicans -- here would love to post that kind of number.In India, though, anything short of 9 percent or so is a bit of a...

  • Hungry for Change

    The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow is the story of a group of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger. It highlights the challenges, and necessity, of transforming African agriculture. Much of Africa’s agricultural technology has lagged behind that of the rest of the world, but with the right seeds, fertilizer, and...

  • Evaluating the Millennium Villages

    I met with Gabriel Demombynes, a World Bank economist stationed here in Nairobi, this evening. Recently, he pointed out that there was a fundamental flaw in the way in which progress in the Millennium Villages is evaluated. Essentially, the evaluation looked at changes in measures of performance over time, but it did not make comparisons to any type of baseline. ...

  • Kenya’s Kibera Slum

    The International Reporting Project took us to the Kibera slum today. Everyone here says it's the largest slum in the world (though Wikipedia says it's third), and we heard presentations from youth groups, Doctors Without Borders, and others. We also broke into small groups and interviewed families, about half of whom were HIV positive. We were free...