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August 2007

Improving aid: consensus or competition?

The aid community has undergone sweeping changes since the 1960s when the number of donors per recipient country averaged at 12. Today this figure is 33 and the number of organizations exceeds 230.

Let's talk about microfinance technology

Banks and microfinance institutions have been applying new technologies to increase lending volume, reduce costs and reach new customers. Seeking ways to further improve efficiency IFC, CGAP and Visa International will bring lenders and borrowers from over 40 countries to Washington, DC from September 17th to 19th.

Economic malaise? Call the flying executive

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Development agencies have long accepted the need to prioritize medical aid to the sick, but Jonathan Legard, Africa correspondent for the Economist, argues it is high time that business expertise should also be available on call to boost local economies.