Editor's Note: Murat Seker recently presented the findings of the paper discussed in the following blog post at a session of the FPD Academy. Please see the FPD Academy page on the All About...

Murat Seker |

As Christmas tourists replace COP delegates in the Moon Palace, post-mortems abound. From the World Bank’s standpoint the important question is: what did this really do for the prospects of long...

Andrew Steer |

  Photo: istockphoto.comHow long have we been talking about “economic development”? And what about concepts like “economic growth, ” “poverty” and “inequality”? How old are they in the literature...

Martin Ravallion |

For all of us working towards providing a better business and regulatory environment, it is important to know whether economic analysis has improved the quality of regulatory decisions. A proper...

Mohammad Amin |

 Photo: Istockphoto.com As snow covers ground in Washington, D.C., debt markets swoon, and another year comes to a close, it seems like a good time to look at what actually happened to...

Shahrokh Fardoust, Malvina Pollock |

One of the concrete things to come out of Cancun was the agreement on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The "+" includes the role of conservation,...

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough |

How did developing countries fare during the crisis and what are their medium term prospects? These questions are at least partly answered in a new book covering 10 countries. Titled 'The...

Vamsee Kanchi |

Negotiators have worked through the past three nights in search of agreements that all nations can sign up to (see my last blog).  At 3 am this morning they reached consensus on a package of...

Andrew Steer |

  Here in Cancun, the discussions on energy efficiency made me reflect on the "big picture" about energy efficiency in Africa. For years this subject has been near and dear to my heart....

Jamal Saghir |

 Photo: Istcokphoto.com In the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, many observers thought that the G-20 had a chance to succeed in the development arena where the G-8 foundered. Expectations...

Shahrokh Fardoust |