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East Asia and Pacific

World Bank's Internal Evaluation Report is out now

Ieg_report_2 Since the mid-1990s, 86 middle-income countries (MICs), defined as having GDP per capital ranging from $1000 to $6000, have borrowed the total of $163 billion and their average real incomes grew by

When do creditors' rights work?

There's much talk about the need for creditor-friendly laws in order to provide more capital to private sector. But how much is a better lenders' right to collateral worth in an absence of effective enforcement?

FDI in 2011

The Economist Intelligence Unit together with the Columbia Program on International Investment released the World Investment Prospects to 2011 which forecasts FDI flows for 82 countries over the next five years. Eight out of top twenty recipient countries will be in emerging-markets.

The report focuses on political risk, and Jeffrey Sachs analyzes ways to address growing risks in the energy sector.

The graph shows predicted inflows to Asia + China:

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.