The new Indian Economy blog complains that the government is stepping away from much-needed privatization of public-sector undertakings:
The latest AccessFinance newsletter has come out, with links to the most recent articles, research and events on pro-poor financial services.
Governments that listen to the private sector are more likely to design credible and workable reforms, while entrepreneurs who understand what their government is trying to achieve with a program of reforms are more likely to accept and support them.
The New York Times reports that corruption has become commonplace in Russia:
Bribes [are] an unavoidable cost of doing business in Russia today. ‘If you want to be competitive you have to play the game,’ he said… ‘It used to be called bribery,’ he added. ‘Now it is just called business.’
And the trend appears to be on the rise:
The Washington Post article, The Rise of a Market Mentality Means Many Go Hungry in Niger, has generated a lot of heat in the blogosphere. Here's an extract:
Woe is me! After riding high in the charts for two months, The Market for Aid looks like it may slip out of the World Bank's top 20. Everybody buy copies at once, please.