A recent article by Timothy Ogden (Computer Error?) provides a pretty clear answer: forget the glitzy computers, and put your scarce resources into the provision of deworming pills. The One Laptop…

Ryan Hahn |

Call them taxpayers, citizens, or just simply the public—they are the reason why public private partnerships (PPPs) are created. They are the users and the ultimate financiers, whether by paying…

Filip Drapak |

Any social media evangelist surely knows the objection all too well: you try to make the case for Web 2.0 and the power of conversations that it enables when someone inevitably comes up with…

Giulio Quaggiotto |

Great advances in mobile telephony and internet access seem to promise a revolution in development. But Chris Kreutz on the crisscrossed blog reminds us just how big the constraints are. Among…

Ryan Hahn |

Some of the recent discussions around microfinance have been contentious, so I'll tread carefully here.

Ryan Hahn |

Recently I saw this paper by Leora Klapper, Anat Lewin, and Juan Manuel Quesada Delgado. The authors find that there are important benefits to making business registration simpler. They say:

David Kaplan |

I recently blogged about a website that allows people to bet with themselves on whether they will achieve certain weight loss goals. The smart minds behind the website, Dean Karlan and Jonathan…

Ryan Hahn |

If access to savings accounts helps the poor manage risk better, the answer may very well be "yes". A new working paper on Transactional sex as a response to risk in western Kenya …

Ryan Hahn |

Waiting for the bus and have nothing better to do than play around with your phone? Games are no longer the only options - now you can volunteer.

Giulio Quaggiotto |

The Economist discusses new research that revives the curious idea of physiognomy - the notion that people's characters are revealed in their faces. In short, researchers found that the…

Ryan Hahn |