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Could a game win the Nobel Prize?

Probably not, but that won’t stop people from trying – at least not Eric Zimmerman, the man behind the Game Design Challenge. This year he has challenged game designers to concoct up something that could win the Nobel Peace Prize. The ideas include a game that aims to inspire players to spontaneously meet and carry out humanitarian acts such as food drives, another is meant to make players assume the role of their enemies – and see the human costs of their decisions.

European alliance for corporate responsibility

On March 22, 2006, a new business-led European Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was kicked off by the European Commission.  It's goal: to reconcile Europe's economic and environmental ambitions.

New bloggers: Michael Jarvis and Can Atacik

I am happy to announce that Michael Jarvis and Can Atacik of the World Bank Institute’s Business, Competitiveness and Development Program have joined PSD Blog. Who knows, Michael might even upload one of his DJ tracks?

New World Bank blog!

I am happy to say that we are no longer the only World Bank Group blog on the block. (It would of course be hypocritical for a blog praising private sector development to unwelcome competition!) Our colleagues at the World Bank Institute have just launched the Poverty & Growth Blog. Click over, bookmark, subscribe and comment!

Lessons from the World Water Forum?

During the World Water Forum in Mexico, there was a lot of debate bout public versus private service delivery.  It was argued that private sector involvement has left the poor un-served.  Others argued that the private sector is the best way to move forward.  One thing everyone can agree on is that the poor do not have sufficient access to water and sanitation services. 

New blogger: the GPOBA team

The team members of the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, have joined PSD Blog and will be blogging under the penname “GPOBA Team.” The trust-fund’s team is one of the most innovative at the World Bank – as they strive to promote the great potential of leveraging performance-based grants to improve basic service delivery to the poor.