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October 2006

Poverty Analysis and Data Initiative (PADI)

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

PADI, which stands for Poverty Analysis and Data Initiative, is a network of data producers, analysts and policy makers that had its original roots in East Asia.   PADI has organized a number of training activities in East and South Asia.  Now, the secretariat of this network is housed at the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC).  


The economics of vaccine commitments

The Center for Global Development has released a working paper that puts some numbers and momentum behind the G8's advanced market commitment idea for vaccines in developing countries. Sponsors would commit to paying a minimum price per person immunized against common diseases if a vaccine is developed, but they pay nothing upfront.

Aceh Diary: an Indonesian Esperanto

David Lawrence's picture

Indonesia has more than 300 languages spread over its 6,000 inhabited islands. But incredibly, there is a single, national language: bahasa Indonesia, which literally means the language of Indonesia. This is an amazing accomplishment. How did they manage to linguistically unite so many diverse people?

China in the Age of Globalization

Yan Wang's picture

In a little over a quarter of a century, economic reforms and openness have let to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in China with her international trade soaring to reach $1.1 trillion in 2004 when China became the world’s third largest trading economy (WTO 2005, 16).  Policymakers and development practitioners the world over are wondering how.  In a recent NBER paper “China’s Embrace of Globalization”, Lee Branstetter and Nick Lardy (2006) provided an excellent overview of China&

Special economic zone or land grab?

The Indian government has approved proposals for 170 special economic zones (SEZs) and counting. SEZs can invite foreign direct investment, provide jobs, and promote the development of secondary industries to service firms. Why, then, the spirited outcry over India’s recent moves in this direction? For one thing, many of the approved sites are located on prime agricultural land – leading to complaints that the SEZs are more of a coordinated land grab by the rich than coordinated economic development.