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October 2006

Fridays Academy: Economic Literacy Internet Course

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At the Poverty and Growth Program of the World Bank Institute we are organizing an E-learning course on "Economic Literacy for Civil Society", which will be based on the lecture notes we have been posting in the Fridays Academy series during the last few months.


Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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The Day seeks to promote increased awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and serves to remind all people that sustained and concerted effort is vital to achieve the millennium development goal (MDG) of halving, betwen 1990 and 2015, the number of people living in poverty (less than 1 dollar a day).


More information about the Day.


Poverty Analysis and Data Initiative (PADI)

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PADI, which stands for Poverty Analysis and Data Initiative, is a network of data producers, analysts and policy makers that had its original roots in East Asia.   PADI has organized a number of training activities in East and South Asia.  Now, the secretariat of this network is housed at the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC).  


China in the Age of Globalization

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In a little over a quarter of a century, economic reforms and openness have let to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in China with her international trade soaring to reach $1.1 trillion in 2004 when China became the world’s third largest trading economy (WTO 2005, 16).  Policymakers and development practitioners the world over are wondering how.  In a recent NBER paper “China’s Embrace of Globalization”, Lee Branstetter and Nick Lardy (2006) provided an excellent overview of China&

Monday Press Brief: Brazil, Tanzania, Vietnam, Armenia

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News on Poverty and Growth issues from around the world.


Elections in Brazil


Lula was unable to secure a victory in the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections. He has a wide support among the poor, thanks to anti-poverty programs such as Bolsa-familia. The challenger Geraldo Alckmin criticizes what he describes as “pathetic” growth, falling short of its potential at a projected three percent this year.