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  • Who Watches the Watchdogs?

    Wolfowitz, Ending African Tour, Calls for ChangesUnsurprising conclusions made by Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank: the Bank needs to make changes in its bureaucratic structure, and government corruption doesn?t help in resolving the problem of poverty.? Indeed, back in 2002...

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  • The Role of Government in BOP Investment

    Article from The Economist: Banking on the UnbankedThe success of South Africa’scontroversial Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) legislation in encouraging SouthAfrican firms to engage low-income communities as clients suggests analternative optimal...

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  • The Trouble with Aid

    At the launch of ?The Market for Aid? yesterday, authors Michael Klein and Tim Harford described how the market for development aid was changing ? indeed, growing more competitive.? Will this increase in competition lead to more efficient aid agencies that will, in turn, make important...

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  • ’Bottom of the Pyramid’ and ’Next Billion’ on Wikipedia

    Key terms to the Development through Enterprise discussion, Leah and I, interns at the World Resources Institute, have posted definitions of ?Bottom of the Pyramid? and of ?Next Billion? on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. We want these definitions to...

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  • Rob Katz

    Off-grid rural electrification for $25

    A recent article (available here, PDF)in the journal Science tackles theproblem of electrification in low-income households with analysis showcasing arobust technical solution that could be made available for US$25 fixed-cost,without subsidy. The technology,solar-powered...

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  • John Paul

    The Sustainable Livelihoods Experience

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has released its ’Sustainable Livelihoods video library’, an online video gallery showcasing the views of global business leaders about Sustainable Livelihoods and how they are actually implementing the approach in their companies. The...

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  • Rob Katz

    Business Skeptical of the Millennium Development Goals

    Fast Company’s Jessica Silverman reports from the UN in Friday’s FCNow blog. Ms. Silverman may represent business’ point of viewwhen it comes to issues surrounding the MDGs - that is, the MDGs are sowide-ranging and vague, they risk becoming trite. I don’t know if Icompletely agree...

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  • John Paul

    Resources for Cross-Sector Collaboration aimed at Pro-poor Enterprise Development

    I’ve recently come across several reports written by Linda Mayoux that may be of interest to readers of this blog, particularly those looking for a better understanding of how to go about establishing cross-sector partnerships aimed at pro-poor enterprise development.? The first -...

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