"Testing Times Ahead" is the title of the World Bank’s just released April 2008 East Asia and Pacific Update. As one of the team that put it together, I thought – before tottering off to bed – that readers might like a quick take - and a chance to comment - on some of the findings.
What is good governance, and how should we measure it? What impact does governance have on growth? Even if good governance predicts positive outcomes over the long term, what effect does it have in the short term? Dani Rodrik, well-known development economist and head of Harvard’s graduate program in public administration and international development, raises as many questions as he answers in this blog post; a recent
The Grassroots Business Initiative (GBI) is the brainchild of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). Launched in 2004, the GBI supports innovative social enterprises – dubbed Grassroots Business Organizations (GBOs) – that directly engage the poor as
|Only pedestrians and bikes are allowed on Pingyao's main street.|
|Arrived at Ban Navang! Arlyne and Tony with some of the villagers who were working on the wildlife monitoring.|
Jennifer Conlin of The New York Times reported recently on a global trend already sweeping through Asia and the Pacific -- the green hotel. It was just a matter of time before environmentally-friendly practices and the business “bottom line” struck up what looks to be a promising long-term relationship. Add growing consumer interest, combined with the cost s
Feb. 8, 2007* - Second day of transect for us and third for the team. Arlyne and I joined a different group today, while Tony and Jim joined our group from yesterday.
|Mr. Xaypanya signals on the map where we went that day while Tony and Arlyne, on the left, and Jim and I, on the right, watch.|
I'm a wildlife biologist. I'm among the very few lucky World Bank staff to get paid to climb up mountains, go down caves, trek through forests, meet remote forest inhabitants, and to argue the conservation case with senior government officials. But how does this fascinating work translate into Bank projects?
|Making a stop on the way to Camp 6 to have lunch. My favorite was the meng da geo, a gel-like substance in which to dip the rice, except this one was made of crushed, dry insects.|
Last week the World Bank hosted a workshop on the social dimension of climate change, a good chance for insights from the dark side of the moon.
Jim, Buaseng and Lakhon making their way across the forest.
Feb. 4, 2007* - Wow, it’s cold! Who would’ve thought I’d ever be cold living in Lao, but it’s nearly zero degrees where I am….
The IFC's Rapid Response Unit that is behind the successful Doing Business map has expanded on it and created Business Planet, adding info from their other databases: enterprise surveys (70,000 firms in 104 countries), privatization transactions, and trends in private infrastructure projects.
You may be surprised to know that Indonesia has emerged as the world's third largest emitter of carbon, following the U.S.
For over a decade, the World Bank has emphasized the centrality of good public sector governance and anticorruption efforts in achieving sustainable development impact in low- and middle-income countries. But more recently the Bank has widened its analytic and operational lens on governance to include what is being called the “demand-side” of governance. What does this mean, and what are the implications for Bank work in its client countri