Building a Nation

As South Sudan gets ready to celebrate it's creation as an independent nation, we visit one of the few towns in the country that's got a power plant - a key ingredient for economic development.

Our reporter Nyambura Wambugu talks to the government, and the plant manager about how electricity will power the country's development. Plus Mike chats to Roger Middleton, a specialist in the region of East Africa, about why it matters that the new country develops into a stable economy as quickly as possible.

Also in the show, we consider whether the best way to beat poverty is to simply ask the poor. As ever, tune in and have a listen, then let us know what you think. You can contact the team at, or join us on Facebook, the link's below.

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18 minutes

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Mon 11 Jul 2011 15:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project