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  • Stale Focus

    The Economist: HelpingAfrica Help Itself, The$25 Billion Question, DoingBusiness in AfricaIn light of the G8 summit, The Economist published several articlesrelated to foreign aid to Africa in this week’s edition.One, HelpingAfrica Help Itself, advocates foreign aid on...

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  • William Kramer

    Live from Edinburgh 2

    The conference “Raising Living Standards in Africa: A Role for the G8” began this afternoon in Edinburgh.? The former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, opened the event.? Mozambique is considered among the ’success stories’ of the effectiveness of aid in recent days.?...

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  • Companies in BOP markets will be forced into being ethical

    Any long-term development plan of a multinational corporation is going to eventually turn to the market at the bottom of the pyramid. How long it will take for this approach to business to become popular is still to be determined, but with increasing globalization and emphasis on developing...

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  • William Kramer

    Report from the G8 Edinburgh

    Having been in the UK for the past couple of days, and not reading the American press, I don’t know how it is reporting on the events leading up to the G8 meeting scheduled to start July 6 a few miles from here, but I can tell you that it’s big news here.? A peaceful march of more than 250,000...

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  • A Dissenter Among Dissenters

    In the spirit of the G8 protests, an activist that my friend saw in Bostonlast week carried a sign that said ’Abolish Poverty.’ No explanation on how todo it. Just a call to action.That sign best describes the G8 protests that I saw in Edinburgh, UK last Saturday. BobGeldorf...

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  • William Kramer

    It’s expensive to be poor — but remittance costs are coming down

    I’ve been attending a conference -- the International Forum on Remittances -- sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank here in Washington for the past several days. The IADB has been very active in analyzing remittance flows, and just put up a new website on the subject at...

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  • Rob Katz

    Africa: The Impact of Mobile Phones II

    ?The ultimate aim of policymakers must be to create the conditions for private enterprise to make poverty history in Africa?Vodafone is at it again ? first, with their Social Impact of Mobile report; now, CEO Arun Sarin has penned an op-ed in today?s Financial Times (subscription...

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  • Two Portraits of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

    The New York Times: A Timely DepartureThe Economist: MCC hammeredLast Sunday on their editorial page, The New York Times trashed the Millenium Challenge Corporation, President Bush’s flagship development assistance program, for not spending enough money and for focusing on land-titling and...

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