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Private equity for the poor

What's different about it? The Acumen Fund's business model views poor people are as customers rather than passive recipients of help. It provides equity and loans to entrepreneurs who bring water, health, housing and renewable energy to populations living on below $4.

New health database

Under the name Private Sector Health Projects Database hides a searchable database of over 140 projects supported by private sector in developing countries.

The information, updated every six months, is organized by keyword, country, region and organization.

World Economic Outlook - April 2007

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The International Monetary Fund's latest World Economic Outlook is out.


The World Economic Outlook (WEO) presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups (classified by region, stage of development, etc.), and in many individual countries. It focuses on major economic policy issues as well as on the analysis of economic developments and prospects.

Donor coordination

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There have been numerous discussions recently on the need (or lack thereof) of more aid for developing countries. An article in the Economist reminds us that the quality of aid is as important as its quantity.


After the Indian Ocean tsunami, according to a report in El Pais, an Acehnese girl developed measles symptoms thanks to three identical jabs from different aid agencies.

Limits to microfinance?

The microcredit movement has been built on the assumption that the poor need credit to invest in microenterprises, which will help them get out of poverty. Household survey data from Indonesia suggest otherwise, with substantial use of microcredit for consumption rather than investment purposes.