Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

Last week, I spoke at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering in NYC about how emerging markets (and Africa in particular) are leapfrogging innovation in the financial services sector. The most documented example of this is M-Pesa’s mobile money platform in Kenya, which I have written about a few times on this blog, including in my thesis  … Read more


Posted: July 25th 2015 10

A Gorilla’s Eyes

Yesterday I went mountain gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park in the Virungas. Unlike the elusive chimpanzees I tracked a few days ago in Nyungwe Forest, visitors are able to get very close to the animals. Several habituated groups exist, and the one I visited was a particularly playful one, so much so that one  … Read more


Posted: July 30th 2009 None

Children in Goma

Today I crossed the border from Gisenyi on Lake Kivu into Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the first sights I saw were large UN and Red Cross vehicles. The Indian Army, via the UN, was out in full force. And the terrain changed drastically. The city and its surroundings are covered  … Read more


Posted: July 28th 2009 None