Rwanda's privatization drive of the last decade is showing signs of success. From an FT article:

Christine Bowers |

I spent Wednesday in a training session on communication strategies to promote government reform. In development jargon - "policy advocacy". You might think business environment issues…

Christine Bowers |

Today is World Aids Day. Is there anything new that can be said? I found the chapter on Aids in Bill Easterly's "White Man's Burden" insightful. He criticizes the aid industry…

Laurence Carter |

The debate/celebrity economist deathmatch between Jeff Sachs and Bill Easterly continues to sizzle. (Click here for an earlier round.) Speaking of Easterly, he's wrapping up an online debate…

Christine Bowers |

Many thanks to Pablo for pointing me to an excellent note (PDF) from the World Bank on export promotion agencies (EPAs). It's the first cross-country statistical analysis of the impact of…

Christine Bowers |

There is a strong lobby within the [Russian] government to subject all foreign investors seeking minority stakes in certain industries to an approval process controlled by the FSB, the domestic…

Christine Bowers |

Ntsiki Biyela is South Africa's first black female winemaker, at just 28 years old. If you're in the Western Cape, head to the Stellekaya winery to sample her work.

Christine Bowers |

Jeff Sachs, in Scientific American this month:
Von Hayek was wrong. In strong and vibrant democracies, a generous social-welfare state is not a road to serfdom but rather to fairness,…

Christine Bowers |

In our informality debate, Keith Hart and others have been vigorously taking me to task for arguing that states are 'indispensable for making markets work on a large scale.' Keith…

Tom Kenyon |

The concept of ecotaxes on imported products resurfaced at the UN Climate Change Conference in Nairobi. Nelly Olin, French Minister for Environment, announced that France would apply a carbon tax…

Lucie Giraud |