Juan Ferrero's article in today's New York Times discusses the poor results of water privatization and nationalization in Bolivia, as well as the country's turbid future as it struggles to reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.