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Are consultants a waste of money?

Chicken Yoghurt and Owen debate. I'm with Owen: there's nothing wrong with knowledge transfer and there's nothing wrong with using consultants to do it. My usual caveat, of course: evaluation, evaluation, evaluation.

2010 is just around the corner

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188 countries are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, one of the highest levels of global consensus around any multilateral environment agreement. The parties have set themselves a 2010 goal to:

Achieve a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth.

New guest blogger: Rachel Kyte

The IFC has released for public comment a revised version of its Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability. Others have been blogging about them – so how could we be left behind? Accordingly we are happy to have Rachel Kyte, Director of the IFC Environment and Social Development Department, blogging with us for the next few days.

Lord of the Rings: uniting government and the private sector

Would anyone doubt that the ‘one ring’ would have the power to unite the government and private sector in purpose?

When the stage version of J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" opens here next spring, the show is expected to feature about 18 songs, a cast of 55 and about 12 million investors.

Aid and the resource curse

Too few donors have acknowledged the possibility that aid flows may damage the policy environment... what practical steps suggest themselves?

The private sector can help here: one output-based model of disciplined aid uses the private sector to deliver results, providing grants only after those results are confirmed.