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China's Venture Capital Markets: Nascent, but growing

Editor's Note: Brian Hoyt is a consultant with the Financial and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group.

The World Bank recently held a workshop on Closing the Private Equity Gap that discussed how government policy can nurture the growth and sustainability of emerging market private equity. Venture capital investments play an important role in filling the early stage funding gap, and China is one of the world's largest emerging markets for venture capital (VC).

No Public Will, No Accountability

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Last week and this, the Institute for Democracy in Africa (IDASA) piloted the new World Bank Institute's (WBI) new Core Learning Program "Introduction to Social Accountability" near Johannesburg, South Africa. CommGAP was invited to present a module on "Communication and Strategies for Constructive Engagement" - introducing our core concepts and messages on mobilizing public opinion to create genuine demand for social accountability. Here's a comment from the evaluations of our module: "The mobilization of public opinion is vital for social accountability. I have to admit that I was not aware of the importance of public opinion for social accountability before this course!"

What can Chindia do to cope with the crisis?

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One of the oft-cited causes of the financial crisis are the huge macroeconomic imbalances that developed between the United States and a number of emerging markets, particularly China. Neil Gregory, a senior adviser at the World Bank and author of New Industries from New Places, offers China and India some advice on coping with the crisis that should also help deal with these imbalances. From 

Radio Development and Indonesia's Democratic Transition

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More than a decade has passed since Indonesia embarked on the transition from authoritarian rule to building democratic institutions.  This week, CommGAP met with Santoso, Managing Director of KBR68H, a Jakarta-based radio news agency founded in 1999, at the dawn of the country’s democratic transition.  In addition to its long roster of domestic and international awards, KBR68H is the first media and Southeast Asian organization to receive the King Baudouin International Development Prize, named after the former king of Belgium (click here for a video on KBR68H prepared by the prize sponsor).

Regulating microfinance

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In response to Janine's post on mobile money in Mongolia, David Lembo from the zzzeitgeist blog expresses some concern: "One question worth considering - do all these development finance programs (mobile banking, microfinance, crop insurance) get a free pass on regulation because they are seen as helping the poor? I sure hope not..."

What do we know about using mobile phones in education? (part 2)

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image courtesy kiwanja.netRecent posts to this blog about the use of mobile phones in education in developing countries have generated a *lot* of page views.  News earlier this year that firms in the United States are beginning to make a pitch for greater use of mobile phones in the education sector highlights the increased attention that this topic is now receiving in OECD member countries as well.

What are financial literacy programs good for?

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Could they help us save the world from future financial crises? If we are to believe the work of economist Robert Shiller and the larger school of behavioral economics, then the answer is "yes", or at least a partial "yes." Households in OECD countries - particularly the U.S.