August 13th, 2019
Eid Mubarak to our Muslim readers who celebrated Eid al-Adha this past weekend! This week we are exceptionally proud to present our new 4-week training course, "Behavioral Science in the Field", co-hosted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) GOV/LAB - find out more in Fresh From the Lab below. Enjoy, share with your friends and let us know your thoughts on Twitter!

01 - Num6ers

Interesting stats or figures from the past week to put global issues in perspective


trillion TSh

The amount the Tanzanian government plans to spend on infrastructural development in 2019-2020 in order to avoid taking on more debt from the Western countries and to invest instead in its available resources.


million bags
The amount of maize projected to make up demand in Kenya, by 2025. Supply has averaged below 40 million bags in the last decade, so this gap between demand and domestic production raises the question of whether to import maize from outside the East African Community region to plug the gap.

The number of destinations that the newly revived Uganda Airlines will start service to on August 28. The current line-up of destinations - Nairobi, Juba, Dar es Salam and Mogadishu - will soon be joined by Bujumbura, Mombasa and Kilimanjaro.

02 - Fresh from the Lab

New insights, trends, and findings for behavioral science in the Global South

We are proud to announce the launch of a new 4-week short course, “Behavioral Science in the Field” taking place in January 2020 and co-hosted by Busara and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) GOV/LAB
GOV/LAB, an initiative from the MIT political science department, produces research on citizen engagement and government accountability to inform innovations in governance worldwide. 

Our goal: to create an international learning exchange through the cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary cohort of MIT and East African students from a range of research backgrounds (Behavioral Economics, Political Science, Social Behavior).

The course will provide students with practical experience in implementing a lab in the field experiment. By bringing behavioral science tools to a context that more closely resembles the realities of everyday decision-making, lab in the field experiments are quickly becoming one of the gold standards to measure individual and group behavior. The course will provide students with practical experience in implementing such experiments, including an overview of the most current research methods in economic, political, and social behavior.

Training in behavioral sciences is a critical skill for students to master across disciplines, and is one of the most exciting developments for bridging the gap between theory and practice with proven potential to achieve real world impacts.

Find out more here!

03 - Links we liked

Recently published journals, papers, blog posts or just interesting snippets we enjoyed

  • “The number of 15-to-64-year-old Africans today is a quarter of the size of Asia’s working-age population,” reports this article. However Bloomberg’s analysis of the United Nations World Population Division data shows Africa’s working-age population will overtake Asia by the end of the 21st century, as Asia will face an ageing population.
  • This study explores the propensity to cheat in people and whether it is influenced by how well-off they are, in Guatemala. They use a dice game--a popular choice for measuring honesty in the behavioral science field--which is a variation of the coin flip game we used in this Off the Record study, measuring honesty in the Kenyan context.

NOTE: Erratum in the last Behavioral Lens!

We were sorry to see that we didn’t include the link to the 17 cognitive biases explaining Brexit, which you can now access here!

Have a lovely week!

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