What I saw in Mekelle, now under siege

This is me drinking a mango and papaya smoothie just arrived in Mekelle (Tigray, Ethiopia), 5 years ago. More pictures of my trip around the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia here I was at the beginning of one of the most beautiful trips of my life, and Paola - my wife, a doctor - … Continue reading What I saw in Mekelle, now under siege

|Let’s Celebrate Free Market Economics|

It's been a while since I wrote my last article in English. Normally, I would use this blog to share and comment the best "nuggets" I take from the books I read. Since I'm not much into novels, what you are going to find here is mostly personal development, marketing & economics, political and philosophical … Continue reading |Let’s Celebrate Free Market Economics|

The shift to glocal development

https://twitter.com/WhyDev/status/435625989985820672 https://twitter.com/WhyDev/status/436406186527981568 The articles above address some of the main aspects of global development cooperation (and social sciences in general) that represent the ongoing focus of this blog: 1 - The need to rethink the whole approach to poverty reduction through structures, ideologies and aid flows from OECD countries to developing ones. 2 - The … Continue reading The shift to glocal development

Rwanda on the path to sustainability

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda has emerged from suffering and hardships and is a country to which many global development insiders look with amazement. Its growth rate is slightly declining but still pretty much relevant (8% in 2012) and many other indicators mark its consistent advancements.  Much of Rwanda's relative success has been attributed … Continue reading Rwanda on the path to sustainability

2014 will be wonderful because…

2013 has been a "transition" year for global development aid and, on a broad level, we are supposed to be optimistic about the way we're heading, which looks to be  paved with more efficiency and diversification of aid flows, aimed at strengthening national systems towards improved governance and ownership. Why optimism? The Gates Foundation outlines … Continue reading 2014 will be wonderful because…

The Food Paradox: Scarcity vs Waste

(Leggi la versione in italiano qui) Christmas Holidays are a good opportunity to stop, reflect and reason about food reality, as it displays on our table and around the world. Here in Italy, most families are used to celebrate preparing immense amounts of dishes, large parts of which will inevitably be thrown away. At the … Continue reading The Food Paradox: Scarcity vs Waste

Open Heart

(Scroll down for the English version) Il solo pensiero sembra allucinante: in un qualunque ospedale del Ruanda manca pure la penicillina; il dottor Emmanuel è addirittura l'unico cardiologo del suo Paese, e l'ospedale di Emergency in Sudan è l'unico centro di cardiochirurgia altamente specializzato e gratuito in tutto il continente africano. Per parlare di diritto … Continue reading Open Heart