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Adventure driving: why infrastructure matters

I keep bumping into this series of photos of the world's most dangerous roads. And each time I'm amazed. For the sake of the 200,000 residents of Yakutsk, Siberia, I hope the federal-highway-o-mud was a one-time occurence.

Related...our toolkits on private sector participation and performance-based contracting in highways.


EwomanshelldressWe've been evacuated from Chad again. I didn't get rushed out of the country, I was already abroad, but that doesn't make it any easier. Rebels approaching N'Djamena, streets swarming with military, continued reports of battles in the east, the future like a knife about to break skin.

Brazilian education gets failing grade

Brazil's scores on international tests of education have been dismal for years. Businesses have no choice but to fill in the gap with on-site remedial education, according to the Christian Science Monitor. At one furniture maker located outside Sao Paulo,

The Smell of Poverty

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I already blogged about the latest UNDP Human Development Report on water and poverty, but I can't help mentioning it again after reading Mario Vargas Llosa’s comment on the report.


For our Spanish-speaking audience, “El olor de la pobreza” (the smell of poverty) is an excellent read. His article, peppered with literary quotes, is as poignant and tough as Vargas Llosa can get.


Why isn't Africa attracting portfolio investment?

Why do the global emerging market funds ignore African-listed securities? Are mutual funds discriminating against Africa?

Not at all, said Todd Moss from the Center for Global Development in a presentation on his recent work to Bank staffers yesterday. Turns out there's no market failure at all. The problem lies with the African stock exchanges themselves.