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Better by Design in China

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY In recent decades, China has been known more for its inexpensive manufactured goods than as a producer of high quality products. But this is changing as the country seeks to move up the economic chain. China’s long-established design traditions were largely overlooked as the country made […]

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Global South Trade Boosted with Increasing China-Africa Trade in 2013

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY  It was announced in January 2014 that China has surpassed the United States to become the world’s number one trading nation, as measured by the total value of exports and imports. This new economic behemoth also continued to grow its trade relationships with Africa. US exports […]

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Rammed-Earth Houses: China Shows how to Improve and Respect Traditional Homes

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions (Havana, Cuba), November 2008 SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY  The pace of change across the South has been blistering. Over the past decade, the overall population has moved from being primarily rural to majority urban. In the process, rural communities have suffered, as they have seen their young and ambitious leave in droves […]

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Designed in China to Rival ‘Made in China’

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY Harnessing the power of design to improve products and the way they are manufactured is a critical component of successful economic development. And the high export value of designing and making “computer equipment, office equipment, telecommunication equipment, electric circuit equipment, and valves and transistors” was flagged […]