I met Valentino Achak Deng yesterday. Southern Sudan is a very small place. I was walking out of the Ministry of Education with Abraham our new Sudanese intern from the States (who knows everybody) and Abraham stops these 2 guys and throws out his arms, he hasn't seen these guys since Kakuma 10 years ago and its a huge emotional reunion. This happens about every 5 mins with Abraham. But one of the guys is Valentino, presumably on his way to talk to someone in Education about the school he's building in Marial Bai. Read the book, its awesome.
I'm an economist, currently working as a Research Associate on Education at the Center for Global Development in Europe, and on a PhD at the University of Sussex. Before that I worked on policy as a civil servant and consultant in the UK and in Africa.
Because the consequences for human welfare involved in questions like these are simply staggering: Once one starts to think about them, it is hard to think about anything else. (Lucas 1988, On the Mechanics of Economic Development)
I'm an economist, currently working as a Research Associate focusing on education at the Center for Global Development in Europe, and a PhD in economics at the University of Sussex. I used to be an Economist in South Sudan, hence the silly subtitle. Roving Bandit is a reference to Mancur Olson, not because I think I'm some kind of badass.