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Flashcards for Vanuatu

  • Written by Eric Park

Middleton Grange1a

‘It was hard – the poverty trap is terrible’ said John. ‘It made me feel like I was really there’ said Tash. - Good reactions to a poverty simulation we ran a few weeks ago for 116 high school students.

Africa raises questions

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Nairobi transport 2015

Why is the relentless hard work and entrepreneurial spirit I have seen so much amongst poor people around the world still not enough to break out of the poverty trap? Hernando de Soto was called ‘the world’s most important living economist’ by former US President Bill Clinton when opening the 2004 World Economic Forum. In his book The Mystery of Capital, de Soto tells how 276,000 businesses operating in Peru’s underground economy, paying no taxes at all, were encouraged to voluntarily register their businesses, and four years later were bringing in tax revenues of US$1.2 billion. This is the clearest explanation I’ve heard yet of why we have global poverty and what we can do to level the playing field.

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Vanuatu

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Vanuatu

After two weeks in Fiji and Vanuatu I've found more inspiring people and opportunities. Last meeting at the airport in a couple of hours before I head home again.

Home from Africa

  • Written by Eric Park

Well ... it was a more eventful trip to the airport than I expected. Warned about Nairobi traffic I allowed 4.5 hours to travel 21 km to the airport. But after travelling 50 metres in 1.5 hours I had to get out of the taxi and walk ... fortunately not too far ... to a motorbike taxi. Thank goodness for back packs. And in Nairobi they supply a helmet (which doesn't buckle up) and a reflective vest!

Southern AlpsBike taxiThere is nothing like the sight of Aoraki and the mighty Southern Alps to welcome you home after journeying in foreign lands.

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