- Searching for “breakout nations” in the emerging markets
- Africa’s new oil and gas finds: the good, bad, and the ugly
- Brazil’s elusive “future” – is it finally here?
- East Africa: the next gold rush?
- Mexico: ready to take on China?
- Peru and Turkey: consolidation or disruption?
- Corruption: which countries are changing?
- Psst… care for a zero-rupee note?
- Can you say “Groupon” in Spanish?
- Frugal innovation meets clean energy
- Antoine van Agtmael
- Bharti Airtel
- Breakout Nations
- Call Centers
- Clean Energy
- East Africa
- El Salvador
- Foreign Investment
- Natural Gas
- Ruchir Sharma
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- South Africa
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- Transparency International
- United States
- World Bank
Category Archives: Middle East
Emerging markets have done exceedingly well in terms of economic growth over the last 10 years. As I mentioned in my last post, it stands to reason that some of these high-growing countries would have made strong progress to greater transparency. Transparency … Continue reading
Concern over corruption has surged in India in recent months. Although corruption is nothing new to most Indians, a series of recent high-profile scandals have been particularly galling. These include a multi-billion dollar alleged telecoms scam, alleged financial malpractices in connection with the 2010 … Continue reading
The success of the people power movements in Egypt and Tunisia has been infectious. Large-scale protests have broken out in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, and Morocco. Libya was one place I did not expect to see major protests. After all, it is … Continue reading
Consultants tend to apply data-based approaches to making predictions about the future. I’ve helped companies identify quantifiable ways of measuring countries by factors such as the propensity to buy auto insurance or cultural compatibility with online payments. So – the … Continue reading
On December 17th, 2010, a young fruit vendor with a college degree protested against his country’s authoritarian and corrupt government by setting his body on fire in the town square of Sidi Bouzid, an otherwise unremarkable city in south-central Tunisia. Two months later Muhammed Bouazizi’s (may he rest … Continue reading