I've run across two stories of bloggers being arrested (or threatened with arrest) in relation to the financial crisis.
East Asia and Pacific
One of the enterprises that IFC has been working with in Cambodia is WING, a subsidiary of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). In late January, WING launched a mobile payments business that targets unbanked customers. Last week, I
When people speak of patriotism, they tend to think of war and of deeds on the battlefield. But even in peacetime, patriotism can actually be found in every facet of life. More than simply an idea, patriotism is an action. Today, as China faces serious difficulties and challenges both domestic and international, active consumption is a form of patriotism...
“Salary progression”—the difference in salary between junior and senior professors—in general appears modest compared to the situation in the professions outside academe. According to our research, for most of the 15 countries in the study, salaries seldom doubled between entry level and senior ranks.
Brian Schwarz of the China Challenges blog reports on the difficulties facing workers in China due to the financial crisis. Governments around the world are gearing up with various stimulus packages, but in the meantime prospects don't sound very good:
Back in November of last year, Bank Indonesia and IFC co-hosted a half-day forum focused on bringing efficiency to electronic money solutions in the country. The seminar – titled Peningkatan Efisiensi Penyelenggaraan Uang Elektronik (E-money) – was opened by Bank Indonesia Director Murniastuti and IFC Vice President Rachel Kyte.
I just finished reading Economic Gangsters, an excellent little book that summarizes in popular form a lot of recent evaluation work on corruption and violence.
The US Agency for International Development will be hosting the Development 2.0 Challenge Awards Ceremony this Thursday. USAID explains the rationale behind the contest: