Ghana’s Currency Tumbles

by Liron Lerman

Ghana’s Currency Tumbles – by Yaw Nyarko The value of the Ghanaian cedi has taken a somewhat big hit recently, measuring a decline of 8% against the dollar in January, and continuing in its downward trend with a 1.2 percentage point decline in the past several days (See below, Chart from Within days of the […]

Rural Tourism & Greening as Drivers for Economic Transformation: the Leveraging Role of Technology

by Liron Lerman

NYU Africa House and the Center for Technology & Economic Development are proud to co-present this special collaborative forum convening local leaders, practitioners, academics and community stakeholders for the launch of the inaugural edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor 2013 Report in Afram Plains of Ghana on January 22nd 2014. The report is a joint publication of New York University-Africa House, the […]

H.E. John D. Mahama President of the Republic of Ghana at NYU

by Liron Lerman

Biography John D. Mahama was popularly elected in an election conducted by Ghana’s Electoral Commission on December 07, 2012. This is his first term as President (January 07 2013 – January 06 2017), despite serving the remaining five (5) months of the late President J. E. A. Mills’ term. John D. Mahama ascended to the Office […]

Africa Tourism Monitor Report

by Liron Lerman

AFRICA TOURISM MONITOR 2013  Welcome to the first issue of Africa Tourism Monitor, a joint publication of the African Development Bank (AfDB), New York University Africa House and the Africa Travel Association (ATA). This report is inspired by the first two issues of State of Tourism to Africa, which were prepared with our partners at […]

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange Research Trip

by Liron Lerman

Read about Yuqi Sun’s experience in Ethiopia with the NYU Africa House! “This past summer I accompanied Professor Yaw Nyarko, Founder and Director of the New York University Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), and Isaac Baley and David Johnson, two of Dr. Nyarko’s PhD students, on a week – long research trip to Ethiopia. Ethiopia, a […]

A Talk With Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse


Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse (IFRPI, Ethiopia) at NYU Africa House My good friend and colleague gave a great talk the other day.  It was on aspirations.  His basic argument is that there is something called “aspirations” that people have in their heads.  Their work effort depends upon the level of these aspirations.  The aspirations can be […]

Our CTED operations Ghana

by Liron Lerman

I am just leaving Accra, Ghana to head back New York City. We just opened a new building next to the NYU in Accra campus. The building will be used as the Ghana office of our NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED). We are hoping that our research will actually improve the lives […]

Live from the WEF Today

by Liron Lerman

I watched a live session of the World Economic Forum today – no I am not in Davos, but watching this from computer in freezing New York. I logged on halfway through. President Jonathan sounded good and very presidential. President Kagame, in answering a question from the floor, was all over the place – unclear […]