New York University’s Africa House will hold a panel discussion, “Fighting Poverty through Entrepreneurship,” on Tues., April 24, 5:30-7 p.m. at NYU’s Stern School of Business, 5-50 Kaufmann Management Center, 44 W. 4th St. (at Greene St.). Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place). The event is sponsored by NYU’s Africa House and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Carrie Conko, at the Mercatus Center, at or 703.993.4899. This event is free and open to the public. Members of the public wishing to attend the panel should register for the event at or call Africa House at 212.992.9939 for more information.

Reports claim that Africa is home to five of the 10 fastest growing economies. However, the question remains, “Is Africa really open for business?” Entrepreneurs from Africa and prominent development scholars will discuss the successes and challenges facing African entrepreneurs and the implications for the fight against poverty in Africa at this April 24 panel. The event will feature the results of two years of field research conducted in Africa by a joint research team from the Mercatus Center, the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa, and the Institute of Economic Affairs for a project called EnterpriseAfrica!

Participants include the following: William Easterly, professor of economics, New York University, and author of The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good; Jeffrey Robinson, assistant professor, Stern School of Business, New York University, and author of Social Entrepreneurship and International Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship (forthcoming); Peter Boettke, professor of economics, George Mason University, and director of research, Mercatus Center; Karol Boudreaux, senior research fellow, Mercatus Center, and member of the Working Group on Property Rights at the United Nations Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor; John Kasaona, assistant director, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation, Namibia; Charles Matlou, smallholder team member, Monsanto South Africa; Temba Nolutshungu, director, Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa.

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