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New blogger: Giulio Quaggiotto

In rapid succession, I'd like to introduce a second Italian blogger. Giulio Quaggiotto has long been supporting PSD Blog behind the scenes, and I'm glad we've finally convinced him to take his ideas public. Giulio is a program officer in Knowledge and Innovation for IFC's Environment and Social Development Department.

THE key to poverty reduction, or not

Does having a good business environment help reduce poverty? The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development - a group of aid agencies which support private sector development - recently hosted a debate in Bangkok on the motion: "Business Environment Reform is the Key Element in the Reduction of Poverty". There were around 200 participants from donor agencies, Asian governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Does corporate governance pay?

Does corporate governance pay, even if your company is not seeking outside investors? It does, especially when dealing with competitors. When I was traveling in Serbia in November, I met with some company managers who said their firms were not too worried about corporate governance.

First impressions of Dushanbe

Dushanbe, Tajikistan. I must admit I hadn't heard of the city before I read the advertisement in The Economist. And the information collected for my interviews was not enough to prepare me for the hands-on experience. So, I found myself in Moscow's Domodedovo airport waiting for a flight to Dushanbe.


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