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July 2009

Outlook for Remittance Flows 2009-2011: Remittances expected to fall by 7-10 percent in 2009

Dilip Ratha's picture


We have just released Migration and Development Brief 10 reporting latest data on remittance flows. In line with a recent downward revision in the World Bank’s forecast of global economic growth, we have lowered our forecasts for remittance flows to developing countries to -7.3 percent in 2009 from the earlier forecast of -5 percent.

Time for another look at labor laws in India?

Mohammad Amin's picture

India is known for its stringent labor laws—so stringent, in fact, that studies have shown they stifle employment creation. The current global financial crisis seems to have forced policy makers to take another look at these laws and their impact on employment. Last week, India’s Ministry of Finance presented the Economic Survey (2008-09) for the year to the Parliament. The Survey is an annual exercise taking stock of the economy and suggesting the way forward.

Comment: Spread of Global Norms - the EU Example

Sina Odugbemi's picture

A reader's comment to the blog post A Riot of Global Norms:

You raise an extremely relevant question. An interesting example is the European Union, where the consensus-building process may appear painstakingly slow, but once a norm has been adopted by all countries, it applies to 450 Million citizens across the 27 EU countries. In fact, more often than not, EU norms even serve as a reference for other geographical zones. Could this apply to norms in the area of governance? I do not know, but what is clear is that over the years this process has created a specific culture. As much as everyone may grumble against the "Eurocracy", we all follow the rules because we know participating is the best chance we have to get our voice heard.

Robert de Quelen

Comment: Media Development

Anne-Katrin Arnold's picture

A reader's comment to the blog post The Culture of Media Development on Both Sides of the Atlantic:

It has been very interesting to read the various Blogs regarding the development of media in conflict and post-conflict situations. Here at the Centre for Communication and Social Change at The University of Queensland, Australia we have been actively involved in a range of initiatives which seek to support the use of media and communication processes in development.

An open discussion on improving access to development- and aid-related information: Friday, July 10

James I Davison's picture

A few months ago, the World Bank released a new programming interface (API) that allows for a new level of access to the institution’s data. It is just one example of how the World Bank and other organizations are relying on new technology and the internet to increase transparency and improve access to information and data.

On Friday at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., several organizations are hosting an open discussion on the topic of transparency and open access to information. The event, which is dubbed Open Development Camp, is also sponsored by AidInfo, Development Gateway, Forum One Communications, and USAID's Global Development Commons.

According to the event's webpage, spots are filled to attend the conference in person. But it only seems appropriate that anyone will be able to join the discussion through the this website or follow the conversation via Twitter through the #OpenDevCamp hashtag. Tune in starting around 9 a.m. (Washington, D.C. time).

(via Global Development Commons)

The construction sector and crime

Mohammad Amin's picture

What are the sorts of firms that are most prone to crime? The question is important to properly understand how crime affects economic activity and how to direct crime prevention efforts across different target groups. I use firm-level data from twenty nine countries in the East Europe and Central Asia region (Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS), 2009) to explore the question.

A Riot of Global Norms

Sina Odugbemi's picture

Part of my job is to give advice to teams working on different projects and initiatives in the broad areas of governance and accountability regarding what I like to think of as people-related challenges. And one of the commonest threads running through the initiatives I look at is the challenge of transplanting global norms. Think for a minute about the norms around good governance, around work on anti-corruption. In almost every case, initiatives involve a set of global norms  that experts want developing countries to adopt.