A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that there may be a viable market for voluntary private health insurance in developing countries.
No, it’s not a joke—the World Bank Group is undertaking consultations right now on its Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development. Yesterday I attended an internal consultation, and the turnout – over 100 staff – made it clear that World Bank staff are seeing that climate change affects their work.
The following item is the conclusion of an earlier post discussing the goings-on at the Partnership Forum on Making Finance Work for Africa, held in Ghana on the 17th and 18th of June.
This is perhaps related to PSD only indirectly, but I couldn't help posting this picture of an intersection in Manchester during rush h
I don't usually look to Time Magazine for insightful reporting on development issues, so I was a bit surprised when I ran across this recent article on microfinance.
I'd like to welcome Colleen as a new guest blogger here on the PSD Blog. She is a learning analyst at the Bank working on financial and private sector development. Colleen just finished participating in the Partnership Forum on Making Finance Work for Africa, held in Ghana earlier this week. She'll be reporting on the conference proceedings, where she met a mix of some 300 central bankers, donors, financiers, and other contributors to the marketplace of ideas.
I decided to follow up on an earlier posting that cast some doubts on the value of the XO laptop for students in developing countries. Two commentors pointed out that even if the XO laptop does not produce direct improvements in classroom learning, there still may be other kinds of benefits.