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Cutting red-tape in Singapore

A colleague recently drew my attention to Singapore’s Web site campaign to cut red-tape. Apparently the program has been successful, and Singapore has had success with this approach regarding waste management.

More on Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT)

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The third International Conference on Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) took place in Istambul, organized by the Turkish Government and the World Bank. Participants from over 40 countries got together to discuss this hot topic.


Conference materials are available at:


Our friends from PSD Blog are also blogging about it, with more links related to the topic:

Should firms publish what they pay?

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Anglo American chairman and Shell ex-chairman, thinks multinational oil and mining firms are part of the long-term solution to African development. Anglo American has a robust AIDS prevention program and supports the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Landmark finance deal for Bangladesh’s poor

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BRAC, the renowned NGO based in Bangladesh, has helped create another groundbreaking financial product with the world’s first micro-credit securitisation programme. While microlending operations have proliferated in recent years, securitization had been difficult to arrange as most microcredit loans are typically so short term.

Peter Eigen will be blogging

Peter Eigen, the founder of Transparency International and now a member of Tony Blair's Africa Progress Panel, will be guest blogging next week on the Herald Tribune's blog: Managing Globalization. This week you can ask him your questions about corruption, development and the future of Africa.

Update: Here is the first round of Q&A.

Can competition cure healthcare?

On this blog we often trump the possible role of the private sector in improving healthcare service delivery in developing countries. However, many are quick to point out that a private and competitive approach to healthcare in the US has actually faired quite poorly in the eyes of many. This issue of private healthcare performance is the new focus of strategy-guru Michael Porter. For example, see a recent Q&A with him where he discusses whether competition might be the cure for healthcare.

Failures of electricity reform

In their paper Electricity reform in developing and transition countries: A reappraisal, J.H. Williams and R. Ghanadan find that the standard menu for reform of electricity markets in developing countries has been ill-suited to local conditions.

Despite fundamental differences in motivations and conditions, non-OECD reform policies were largely based on the theoretical analysis and policy recommendations of economists concerned principally with deregulation in the US and Europe.

Technology for development in Africa

Ict_in_africaMany are raving about the impressive upswing in African cell phone usage and the positive effects this might have on the continent's development. But what next? For Africa to fully reap the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT), investment in broadband Internet and other technology is also necessary.