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East Asia economy - How low can this cycle go?

Milan Brahmbhatt's picture

"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. 

Let's talk governance and growth

Deborah Perlman's picture

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

Grassroots Business Initiative shows social enterprises how to fish

Michael Figueroa's picture

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

Asian Eco-Trend: “Green” Hotels

Michael Figueroa's picture

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

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