Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rethinking How we Rebuild Countries

A somewhat wonkish presentation from TED by Paul Collier, the author of The Bottom Billion. Why it matters - post conflict countries tend to fall back into civil war within a decade of their original conflicts.

He focuses on the inter-relationship between politics and economic development making the argument that there's too little emphasis on the latter rather than the former. Some interesting ideas including the importance of getting young men off the streets by getting them jobs through redevelopment of the construction industry by rebuilding skills, reinstituting property rights/legal foundation and encouraging the restart of firms.

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