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More development scenarios

Scenarios seem to be hot, whether they are aiming at 2020, 2025 or beyond.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has announced they are close to finishing their project looking at the future of water (2030). Previous WBCSD scenarios include: sustainable technology, biotechnology and energy (2050).

Spyglass, spigot, spoon or spanner?

Simon Maxwell of the ODI offers four visions of bilateral aid. The spyglass is dominated by multilateral programs; the spigot is 'one cheque a year'; the spoon concentrates on health and education programs; the spanner picks up infrastructure. (Expect to see this paper on the ODI Blog, but you heard it here first.)

This brief paper got me thinking about other analogies for aid. Spanish omelette? Spandex? Spiral? or Spaghetti?

The "Failed States" index

Failed states have made a remarkable odyssey from the periphery to the very center of global politics.

No kidding. Foreign Policy have published a Failed States index. Check it out. Hat-tip to Marginal Revolution.

G.E. becomes a general store

Many developing countries have implemented one-stop shops to facilitated international investment. General Electric has turned the coin, launching a one-stop shop catering to developing country buyers.