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Blogs, wikis and development

Blogging can possibly emerge as a tool for individual or grassroots journalism. Whether it can make social or political changes would depend on the level of reach…I think with speed and connectivity available to the masses, blogs can play a role not only in socio-political change but also in development efforts.

Leveraging knowledge for investment

Reymond Voutier, Executive Chairman of eNotus, will be participating in a discussion on ‘Leveraging Knowledge for Investment in Africa: The eNotus Framework’ at the World Bank this coming Thursday, from 12:30-2:00 pm. Discussants from the World Bank side will be Axel Peuker, Manager in the investment climate unit, and Peter Mousley, lead PSD specialist in the Africa region – both great speakers. If you are in D.C.

Open source software and development

Was walking down the hall upstairs and came across “Open Source Software: Perspectives for Development” by Paul Dravis. Still leafing through it, but the ‘open’ vs. ‘proprietary’ software debate is sure to play an increasing role in future development discussions. This short note includes case-studies from Brazil, Tajikistan, India, and Laos. - P2P microfinance

The blogosphere is a-buzz about Kiva – the world’s first peer-to-peer, distributed microloan website. The site allows you to lend a small amount of money, say $25, to needy microenterprises in developing countries (for now just Uganda). You receive repayment at the end of the loan period (normally 6-12 months) without interest. If they default on the loan, your loan becomes a donation – though none of the businesses have defaulted yet.

World Summit on the Information Society

WsisInfoDEV is hosting an online discussion in advance of the Tunis Nov. 17-18 World Summit on the Information Society. The discussion will run through November 14. The WSIS is sure to be a great event... more to follow.

A market for virtue

This Wednesday Brookings will be having an event for David Vogel’s latest book, The Market for Virtue: The Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility. Vogel claims that while CSR has resulted in numerous achievements, it should be seen as a compliment to more effective public polices - not a substitute.

Performance of state owned enterprises

Last chance! We have received numerous requests to extend the deadline of our current online discussion on ‘how to improve the performance of state enterprises' – so the discussion will now be closing on Nov. 2nd. 70 people have already sounded in.