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The world of super projects

Site Selection claims that massive infrastructure projects such as the Eurotunnel and the Three Gorges Dam are not one-shot events. They estimate that there are over 2000 global projects costing over a billion dollars. They choose and rank the top 20 of these – though admittedly with no clear methodology.

New private infrastructure research

Cleaning out the inbox, some recent publications on private participation in infrastructure (PPI):

1) An excellent new research database on the economic performance of infrastructure

2) ‘Coercive isomorphism’ and the political backlash against PPI

Small scale private infrastructure providers

Jordan Schwartz and Mukami Kariuki have just published an excellent new paper on small-scale private service providers (SPSPs) of water and electricity – including some great figures, maps and datasets.

I haven’t fully searched through yet – but from an initial dive it appears quite interesting. Tons of interactive country data on everything from aid as a % of GDP and gender income ratios to beer consumption and FIFA world rankings.

China vs. India, a visual essay

Deutsche Bank Research has released a short visual essay comparing the two Asian economies. Includes comparative graphs and charts on everything from FDI and the business environment to infrastructure and the labor force. (HT to New Economist)

New privatization database launched

One of the most frequent requests we get is for privatization data. Accordingly, we have launched a new privatization database. Building upon the efforts of previous World Bank privatization databases -and with kind collaboration from colleagues at Privatization Barometer, OECD and the EBRD- the database provides information on more than 9,000 developing country privatization transactions from 1988 to 2003.

HSBC goes carbon neutral

And ahead of schedule, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development reports. HSBC did not actually go carbon neutral but paid for offsets at around $4.40 per tonne of CO2. I find this more helpful than trying to plant trees in the car parks of HSBC branches around the world... some businesses will inevitably emit carbon dioxide in an early 21st century economy, and the costs of try to eliminate emissions can be prohibitive. The trading approach is likely to be much more effective.

A bag to carry the future?

With the Little Big Bag, Mortemard de Boisse may have struck gold. If enough people share her view that her invention is an environmentally sound, healthful and inexpensive alternative, Mortemard de Boisse may prove to be the savior of an increasingly litter-ridden continent and a boon to overburdened shoppers, students, moms and athletes throughout the world.