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David South Consulting
1997 to 2014

People are the real wealth of a nation.”
UNDP Human Development Report 1990

David South Consulting (davidsouthconsulting.com) brings together two decades’ experience in health and international development. It includes groundbreaking work in Mongolia for the United Nations during its late 1990s transition and economic and social
crisis (called a role model for the wider UN), as well as work in UN missions around the world (Ukraine, South Africa and Turkmenistan), and consulting for various international agencies (World Bank, UNDP, Harvard Institute for International Development,
USAID, NHS, UNICEF). Since 2007, this has included work guiding the United Nations’ embracing of South-South solutions as a
development paradigm (southerninnovator.org), while influencing the UN development programme’s (UNDP) Strategic Plan
to include innovation as a new problem-solving tool. The magazine Southern Innovator has been the flagship brand to do this.
A common thread has been the ability to collaborate with global professionals to supercharge their work and impact. This
includes pioneering and award-winning work with the UK’s top children’s hospital and child health research institute; and twice
working with senior UN officials on transforming how the UN views its work, championing innovative approaches. In 2001, the UN
was awarded the Nobel Prize for “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”. Communications achievements, as
done in Mongolia from 1997 to 1999, were cited as integral to this success. Another thread has been the ability to take a complex
brief and deliver concrete actions and results that inspire others and lead the way forward.

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Making Urban Environments Liveable

Turning Waste into Wealth in the 21st Century

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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CITIES

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How to Engage for a Brighter Future

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Empowered lives.
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DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES,
SOUTH-SOUTH SOLUTIONS

This is part of the global creative economy, which is thriving
despite the recent years of economic turmoil. Musicians
offer many lessons for businesses in the South, both in their
adaptability to new conditions and their resourcefulness in
experimenting with new business models to earn an income.

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Afrobeat stars and pioneers like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti (http://
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fela_Kuti) have been popular outside
Africa for many decades. But Afro Beats - a new name with
the addition of the crucial letter “s” - is being declared as the
beginning of a new phase in taking African music global.
As the digital music revolution has rocked the global music
business, artists have had to adapt and change their business
models. For all but a very few “big names,” it is no longer possible
to build a career on royalties from recordings and hits. Stars
and novices alike must battle with music pirates, who sell CDs
and downloads of other people’s tunes and keep the money for
themselves. Legitimate income often comes in micropayments
from large music platforms like iTunes as people pay to download
an individual song or mix and match tunes they like from an
artist’s catalogue, rather than buying a whole album as they
would in the past.

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2013

Empowered lives.
Resilient nations.

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2014

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But some things remain the same as in the past, such as the
importance of having a champion, such as a radio DJ (disc jockey),
who acts as a “taste maker,” discovering new acts and telling their
audience about them.

“I’ve been playing this music to three or four thousand people
at African events in the U.K. for years,” DJ Abrantee told The
Guardian. “For years we’ve had amazing hiplife, highlife,
Nigerbeats, juju music, and I thought: you know what, let’s put it
all back together as one thing again, and call it Afro Beats, as an
umbrella term. Afrobeat, the 60s music, was more instrumental this Afro Beats sound is different, it’s inter-twined with things like
hip-hop and funky house, and there’s more of a young feel to it.”

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Clever musicians have turned to building their brand, using
live performances and the ability to sell other services and
merchandise to make a living. They create their own web
platforms, or mobile phone apps (applications), and do the
marketing and distribution on their own to build a loyal fan base.
Others are creating their own mobile radio stations by distributing
CDs to the ubiquitous taxi mini buses that are the main means of
transport in most African cities.

The DJ most associated with pushing the Afro Beats sound and
scene is London-based DJ Abrantee (http://www.facebook.com/
djabrantee).

RECYCLING
Building Green Businesses That Work: From Fashion to Fuel to Farms

Great Housing Solutions and Building Technologies

KEY DATA

STATE OF PLAY

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Making the 21st Century Farm: A How-to Guide
Empowered lives.
Resilient nations.

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WASTE
Turning Waste into Wealth in the 21st Century

Making Urban Environments Liveable

CITIES

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Venture Capital Surge in Africa to
Help Businesses

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URBANIZATION

Agribusiness Models and Success Stories

Great Ideas for Pro-poor Businesses

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African Afro Beats Leads New
Music Wave to Europe

FOOD SECURITY
From Crisis Strategies to Small-scale Farming Innovators

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

KEY DATA

Facts and figures

Afro Beats draws its inspiration from the “Afrobeat” sound
popularized in the 1970s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrobeat).
Afrobeat recordings from that time are still making money as
long-forgotten tunes are re-packaged by so-called ‘crate divers’
- enterprising people who rummage through old vinyl record
collections and re-brand scenes and sounds.

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February 2012

1. African Afro Beats Leads New Music
Wave to Europe
A surge in interest in African music in Britain is creating new
economic opportunities for the continent’s musicians. The new
sound heating up the U.K. music scene is “Afro Beats” - a high
energy hybrid that mixes Western rap influences with Ghanaian
and Nigerian popular music.

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Championing innovation in the global South
through two media: e-newsletter Development
Challenges, South-South Solutions and
magazine Southern Innovator.

2007-2014

2004-2006

Consulting with UN missions in Mongolia,
South Africa and Turkmenistan.

“Great economic and business
reporting! Very helpful for us.”
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Section, Strategic Communications Division, United Nations Department of Public
Information
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Dates: 1997 to 2014

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NHS (National Health
Service)
Budget (2002-2003):
US $100bn (£65.4bn)

US$100bn
US$5bn

Source: The Guardian

UNDP (United Nations
Development Programme)
Budget (2014): US$5bn
(6,400 staff)

US$27.5m
Budgets

UNDP Mongolia
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Progress: US$27.5m
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Source: IPS, UN System Human
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