Presentations, video and pictures from the World Bank's 2006 Private Sector Development Forum are now online.
In their guide to womenomics the Economist argues that the future of the world economy lies increasingly in female hands - perhaps the world's most under-utilized resource.
A common criticism of fair trade coffee is that very little of the price markup goes back to the farmers themselves. So now, if you really want to cut out the middlemen, you can buy 1,000 pounds of top-quality coffee beans direct from the farmers, thanks to Cup of Excellence. After a rigorous competition, these coffee-lovers select the best beans from six Latin American countries and auction them on their site.
In this lecture Anne Kruger ambitiously tries to summarize the economic history of the 20th century, as well as highlight key challenges for the 21st and possible lessons for going forward.
Every so often, the standard terminology of the natural and business worlds coincide - or perhaps more accurately, borrow from each other. Books like Biomimicry ('Innovation Inspired by Nature') and Natural Capitalism are well known examples - but I came across another while preparing for a panel session on partnerships at today's conference on Business, NGOs and Development.
Richard Caines of the IFC’s Environmental and Social Development Department has joined PSD Blog. His team has been one of the leaders in improving our monitoring and evaluation efforts and communicating our social and environmental experience. Plus, he is a marine biologist – and I here they are much more interesting than development economists.