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Jonathan Said

Jonathan Said

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Jonathan is a partner at Growth Teams, a not-for-profit supporting governments in African countries and in Indian states with an innovative model to accelerate economic growth and job creation. He is a development economist specializing in industrial policy implementation. For five years he was Technical Director (Africa) for the Tony Blair Institute where he launched its industrialization, agriculture, and human capital development practices while expanding its energy and climate and its center of government and delivery practices across 16 African countries. He spent 8 years serving as an embedded economic advisor in the governments of Liberia, Malawi, and Guyana, during which time he supported these countries to accelerate their agriculture and agro-processing industries while improving their enabling environment through reforms in sectors like trade facilitation, energy and road infrastructure, and education. He spent the first four years of his career working in the United Kingdom. Jonathan has written extensively on the topic of job creation and industrialization in Africa, publishing with the Global Development Institute, the Tony Blair Institute, the Overseas Development Institute, the Pan-African Review, and various media outlets. Jonathan grew up in Malta and read MSc Economics at the University of Warwick.

 

 

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April Book Club Review

Each month the CCI team selects a new book to read and discuss together Our book club selections cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to charter cities but they are most often related to development urban issues and governance In this ongoing

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Ciudad Morazán

Ciudad Morazán: A Libertarian City Without Any Libertarians

Introduction Massimo Mazzone can have a prickly demeanor. The sixty-year-old Italian businessman is usually abrupt and to the point, especially when discussing business. He is unafraid to raise his voice when addressing an employee who isn’t performing up to standard or when discussing his closely

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Ciudad Morazán: Una Ciudad Libertaria Sin Libertarios

Introducción Massimo Mazzone puede tener un carácter áspero. El empresario italiano de sesenta años suele ser brusco y directo, especialmente al hablar de negocios. No teme alzar la voz cuando se dirige a un empleado que no está rindiendo según lo esperado o al discutir

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The Journey of a Banana, Part One

Introduction: Ripening Questions There is something about buying fruits and vegetables straight from a street stand. Whenever I travel, I enjoy buying food from street shops while quickly chatting with the owner. I guess it makes me feel a bit closer to the place I

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Minimal Viable City

Minimum Viable City

Jon Vandenheuvel is obsessed. He is obsessed with affordability, auditability, and bankability. According to Jon, these three things are the keys to lifting developing economies out of poverty. Currently, he is focused on providing housing options to Africans with incomes between $50 and $250 a

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