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Virtual gifts for a recessionary holiday

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A question for the economists out there - what gifts will turn out to be this holiday's most popular inferior good? It looks like the virtual goods industry (now worth an estimated $1.5 billion worldwide) is hoping they will win that prize. Dan Jansen, head of Virtual Greats, had this to say:

Web 2.0: Ignore it at your peril

As the Global Environmental Management Initiative releases its Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships, the Economist recently reminded us that in a Development 2.0 world, the balance of power in environmental campaigning is shifting. Thanks to the viral nature of tools such as blogs and Youtube, local issues can gain visibility and quickly become global.

Real Simple Reporting, continued: Can web 2.0 help companies report on their performance?

I recently ventured that "real simple reporting" could be the killer app for development 2.0. At that time, I had project reporting to donors in mind. But what about corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting: Is there a role for web 2.0 there?

Leveling the (business) playing field

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As I mentioned not too long ago in Women doing business, the World Bank Group has released a database of laws that entail differential treatment of women and men in business called the Gender Law Library, pictured here:

Apollo Group on partnering with government

Jorge Klor de Alva, Senior Vice President of the Apollo Group, contributes his views on the importance of developing regulatory frameworks in partnership between government and the private sector.  Dr. Klor de Alva was interviewed during the IFC's international conference in May 2008.  (Click on "Continue reading..." to see the video.)

Advantages of Policy Dialogue

What is the advantage of involving those who will be affected by a decision in the decision making process? At least two value added gains: relevance and effective communication. You either facilitate their buy-in or understand the rational behind any potential resistance. Knowledge of the policy/decision, understanding of the basic motivations of the decision/policy can lead to adequate implementation and more effective advocacy.

Options for engaging the private sector

If a government accepts that it cannot finance the demand for higher education on its own and does not wish to ask the beneficiaries to pay the full cost in the state-owned sector, it has no alternative to considering the private sector as a partner. It can then adopt various options:

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