Microsoft, the global software giant, will begin selling a poor man's version of Widows for $3 in selected developing countries.
Drawing on civil war incidences in 41 countries between years 1960 and 2003, a new World Bank paper compares economic, social and political developments in the pre and post-war periods.
The World Economic Forum released a national competitiveness survey for 13 Arab countries. The United Arab Emirates ranked as the most competitive and Mauritania as least competitive economy in the Arab world.
Similar to the Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid report, Harvard Business School (HBS) released its own study.
The idea: create sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa, get college students interested in social entrepreneurship, and keep making lots of fraternity and sorority T-shirts. Oh, and there's a Bono connection, of course.
Brazil's scores on international tests of education have been dismal for years. Businesses have no choice but to fill in the gap with on-site remedial education, according to the Christian Science Monitor. At one furniture maker located outside Sao Paulo,
My colleague Jishnu Das sends word of two new World Bank policy papers he's coauthored on public and private schools in Pakistan. I'm pleased to see that their results mirror similar work from India (by researchers James Tooley and Pauline Dixon). The authors find that, contrary to perceptions, the average private school is cheap and heavily used even among the poor.