Across Africa, statistical offices gather and calculate crucial economic data that help guide policy making for their own governments as well as international development agencies. There’s just one problem: The numbers are often guesses — and sometimes flat out wrong.
These are men who make hundreds of trips a week, up and down the steep winding trail, ferrying literal bags of rocks on their heads in weather that hits 35 degrees every day.
It’s hard enough to figure out what Canada’s development aid is doing in Ecuador. But following the money is going to get even harder, since the development assistance from Canada is being stopped. Brett Popplewell reports.