IFC's GEM (Gender Entrepreneurship Markets) have released their quarterly newsletter, which includes IFC and World Bank news on female entrepreneurs, a profile of artist and entrepreneur Nella Kumafo, and links to resources and events.
Transparency International has published their 2005 Corruption Perception Index. The report claims that corruption remains rampant in 70 countries and that most of the world’s least developed nations bear the double burden of poverty and corruption.
Garry Emmons hypothesizes that skyrocketing demand might make water, not oil, the century’s most essential resource – and that the private sector will play a key role in its delivery and treatment.
Steve Radelet blogs about the future of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). One of his conclusions:
It makes little sense for the United States to be considering providing grants to the new lower middle-income country group. These countries are three times richer than the low-income group on average, have access to other sources of financing, and for the most part have already graduated from other aid programs.
What kind of books do people want World Bank staff to write?
We private sector development types are keen on market tests, so it's good to see that the World Bank's list of best sellers is currently dominated by works focusing on the investment climate and the role of the private sector: