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February 2008

Internet for all

It is estimated that 1.1 billion people have Internet access world-wide. That still leaves out a large number of potential Internet users, or potential costumers, depending on how one looks at it. That's probably why some entrepreneurs have been tackling the issue of how to close this divide.

Is China de-linking from the U.S. economy?

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The year 2007 was an important milestone in modern economic history.  While the U.S. grew well, China contributed more to global GDP growth than the U.S. did.  That pattern is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.  Roughly speaking, the U.S. economy is about four times the size of China’s.  If the U.S.

Too much or too little - the paradox of information for development

"The paradox of the human rights community is that it is an information-processing industry that has limited access to information technology" says Jim Fruchterman, the winner of the Skoll Award for Social Enterpreneurship in 2004 and 2006 and founder of Benetech – an organization that creates technology used by human rights and literacy program workers.

Gemloc Program selects PIMCO and Markit

In a new development, the World Bank Group chose PIMCO and Markit for Gemloc Program to increase investment in emerging markets.

The World Bank Group launched the Gemloc Program last October to help emerging market countries attract more investment and develop their local currency bond markets.

How can we improve?

It's that time of the year again when the Rapid Response Unit – a joint World Bank and International Finance Corporation initiative, which hosts the PSD Blog – asks its users for feedback. The survey is short (took me 42 seconds to answer all questions) and as a thank you perk, two responders will win an iPod shuffle red.