It takes over $700 to open a checking account in Cameroon - more than the country's per capita GDP. In 10 percent of countries surveyed in a World Bank report, a person must have an equivalent of at least 50 percent of per capita GDP to open an account.
Less than 2 percent of Indonesians are insured. 120 million, nearly half of the population, survive on less than $2 per day.
A short, promotional video shows how some poor Indonesians are warming up to the idea of insurance priced at $0.40.
At the time when European societies are rapidly aging, 30 percent of the population in the Middle East is between ages 15 and 29 – the largest proportion of youth in the region's history.
On January 7, 2008 at the Brookings Institution, experts will discuss whether this 100 million of young men and women are a demographic gift or a potential for social and economic problems.
John Holmes, the UN's top aid official, will include private companies in his search for contributions in an effort to close an estimated $3.8 billion gap in funding.
Regardless of when you celebrate new year, we would like to wish you a prosperous 2008.
We are going to take a short break and will be back in early January, continuing to bring you news, resources and ideas on the role of the private sector in development.
If meditation is scientifically proven to increase the IQ, should governments interested in promoting socio-economic well-being invest in meditation rather than biotechnology?
This is apparently the type of questions that arise when you start applying futures thinking to development.
Feeling guilty at the excesses of yet another office party or Secret Santa exchange? Envirowise in the UK has come up with a company guide to a green Christmas. Most suggestions are pretty undemanding, but hopefully the impact adds up given the sharp spike in waste generated by the typical holiday season.
A short video shows Albion Village, Shell's $12billion facility housing 2,500 workers in Wood Buffalo, in Alberta, Canada, where oil deposits are comparable to those in Saudi Arabia.
As usual on Fridays, based on Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.
Gender and Macroeconomics
Disaggregating indicators of well-being by gender informs on the level of gender equality or inequality at a given time for a given place. When we examine gender issues we are interested in the meaning of these gender equalities or inequalities and their implications for development, both at the personal level and at the level of the economy.
Who benefits most from financial liberalization - incumbents or new entrants? A recent study of the U.S. branching deregulation from the mid-70s to the mid-90s suggests a differentiated answer.