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 |

According to William Kramer at NextBillion, Oxfam continues to bash private sector approaches to development: As I read this report, the private sector is seen as the enemy at worst and a wild…

Christine Bowers |

Planting a tree is a beautiful, simple gesture. I was moved watching the Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai plant a tree with Kathy Sierra, World Bank Vice President and Head of the…

Lucie Giraud |

Some might call the talks on Climate Change a little schizophrenic - one arm is trying to mitigate climate change, while the other is busy thinking of ways to adapt to climate change's impact…

Lucie Giraud |

Doing Business in Mexico 2007, released today, tracks all 31 Mexican states on 4 areas of regulation - starting a business, registering property, getting credit and enforcing contracts. As the…

Christine Bowers |

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have sprouted like mushrooms after a rain. The trend seems likely to accelerate, as PPPs are advocated in areas as diverse as education, prisons and…

Christine Bowers |

Click over to NextBillion for the Zambia Journal. Like our own Alex Burger, FINCA's Brian McBrearity is supporting the development of small businesses in Africa.

Christine Bowers |

Ashoka just launched an ambitious subtitling project with dotSUB, a new site that lets you translate films line by line. The plan: volunteers translate three video profiles of Muhammad Yunus into…

Christine Bowers |

Globalization, or trade liberalization more specifically, walks a fine line between improving our overall quality of life and costing large groups of people their jobs. Just ask the automakers in…

Christine Bowers |