The evidence shows that PFI is always more costly relative to its publicly funded alternative – and by as much as 40% in some cases.
Corruption pollutes the African business environment.
Public sector corruption is a major challenge to doing business in Africa and players are mostly ill-equipped to deal with it. Business schools can teach the skills to tackle it.
Promoting mechanisation for small scale farmers in Africa is proving incredibly difficult.
Mechanisation of agricultural activity can help many African countries unlock underutilised agricultural potential. But there are serious obstacles which must be removed.
A dubious deal with the Trumps has sparked criticism of the World Bank, but attention should be focused elsewhere.
South Africa’s government is trying to approach student funding differently.
The ministerial task team's report presents a jaundiced view of an important organisation that's opened the doors of higher education to many who would otherwise have been closed out.
Not exactly a sustainability agenda.
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Trump has promised to abolish Obama's Clean Power Plan and back out of the Paris climate accord. But business could become a key firewall that won't let Obama's sustainability legacy die.
Australian governments should support the private sector to develop urban rail projects, based on examples from the US.
The Australian government should look to the private sector to fund, develop and run more urban rail projects.
PhD graduates should aim for careers in industry.
Australia produces thousands of PhD graduates every year but many will find it hard to secure a university career. So we should do more to help them consider a career outside of academia.
When brains are able to go where their interests lie, everyone benefits.
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Professors in dynamic tech fields won't stay in academia for three or four decades. The best scientists in the world should have the freedom to pursue their careers as they choose.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget fell short on cost-cutting details.
The budget showed some sense of urgency but still fell short on implementation plans. There should have been more, particularly details on cost-cutting initiatives.
Public sector trade unions now dominate union membership in South Africa.
Rising membership of public sector unions and the growing political influence of these unions have led to government workers earning a premium over their private sector counterparts.
The nursing profession has a profound shortage of nurses, which is compounded by nurses who moonlight, work overtime or work for agencies.
Nurses who moonlight admit they feel too tired to work and don't provide the best quality of care on duty.
Is the NHS ‘a wretched bowl of alphabetti spaghetti’, as David Cameron put it?
The paradox of competition and integration other key challenges facing the re-appointed health secretary.
The private sector has driven GM research – but in whose interests?
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In this fifth instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – Sky Croeser outlines how most GM research is profit-driven…