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Economic Contribution

The economy of contribution takes place, in the manner of a general economy, alongside the market, public and gift economies: Through regulation by prices, public decision making and by the principle of reciprocity, the economy of contribution replaces regulation by the interactions of participation (both quantitative and qualitative) within an activity.

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the CEO of a major African rail company demonstrated powerfully at the Africa Rail 2018 conference in Johannesburg in June 2018. To illustrate his point, he put up a slide showing dismantled...
Why does Africa import so much food, when it could grow its own? Despite fertile soils, abundant rain and large tracts of land available for planting, the continent is not realising its agricultural potential. Farmers lack access to markets...
In 1963, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, and one of Africa’s leading lights in the fight against colonialism, lamented the fact that African countries did not trade with each other, but rather sold raw materials to the...
Zambia’s position in the latest Fraser Index has plummeted. The country’s placing in the index, which measures how a country is seen as a mining investment destination, has fallen from 30 to 58 – a very big drop. You may...
by Maya Forstater (originally posted on LinkedIn) On Monday it was widely reported that an $8billion “tax scam” by an unnamed prominent mining company had been discovered. On Tuesday First Quantum Minerals (FQM) gave a short statement: "The Company unequivocally refutes this assessment which does...
An interesting interview in which Proflight’s chief pilot, Gerald Tembo, tells the story of how he fell in love with flying as a child, why his favourite plane is the Boeing 777 and how Proflight’s traffic to N.W. Province...
For an economy to thrive, goods must be transported easily and cheaply in and out of a country. Just as veins and arteries carry blood and oxygen around your body to keep it alive, road and rail infrastructure carry...
Veronica Ryder, owner and founder of the Kansanshi Hotel in Solwezi, relates the fascinating story of how a bare patch of ground that nobody wanted was turned into the town’s premier place of accommodation for business travellers. As explained...
What does a mining investor look like? Is it a powerful, cigar-chomping businessman in a power suit sitting in a corner office in New York? Or is it more likely to be an ordinary working or retired person; somebody...
Which is hardest – swimming in shark-infested waters, climbing Mount Everest or trying to get international investors to fund your new mining project? The latter, without a doubt. Just ask Segun Lawson, African mining entrepreneur and CEO of Thor Exploration....

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