The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) reviewed its operations following a major brainstorming session by its team members that saw Jacqueline Sungu appointed IREN’s Program Manager, besides being the SIFE Program Manager.
IREN is an independent and non-partisan think tank which promotes policies geared towards the creation of a free Africa.
Its mission is to advance greater economic opportunities and individual liberty in Africa
Its vision is to be the most effective organization in promoting a free Africa where markets inform people’s choices and decisions.
Meanwhile, in the article Molding the Middle Class: Expanding Kenya's Middle Class to Promote Growth published by Harvard International Review, James Shikwati, Director IREN, argues that a business-oriented population will be more productive, more willing, and more driven by the motive of profits and could thus provide solutions to Kenyan problems ranging from famine and disease to poverty in general. Excessive reliance on aid precludes the development of a self-sufficient agricultural sector, perpetuating an unsustainable short-term approach to food policy. See http://www.harvardir.org/articles/1529/
Also see Shikwati’s arguments on the prevalence of aid in Africa and how it has led to Africa’s economies remaining artificial in the article Wer Afrika helfen will, darf kein Geld geben published by FAZ.NET on http://www.faz.net/s/RubEC1ACFE1EE274C81BCD3621EF555C83
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