After more than two decades of service, Dani Kaufmann will be leaving the World Bank. If you didn't catch his farewell lecture last week, you can still see a video of it here. I highly…

Ryan Hahn |

Lorsque l'on parle du secteur de la microfinance au Niger, on entend souvent les termes de restructuration et de réforme, comme si la faible pénétration du crédit dans les zones rurales était…

Quy-Toan Do |

In the midst of the very serious resumption of violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, an interesting debate has broken out between Paul Collier and Adekeye Adebajo on the question of who should…

Shanta Devarajan |

I gave the Jerome A.Chazen lecture at Columbia Business School the other day. The gist of my talk was that:

Shanta Devarajan |

I attended a very interesting seminar today on the role of the media in governance and anti-corruption. Key speaker for the session was the first African-born winner of the Pulitzer Prize,…

Gözde Isik |

Chris Blattman is right to question my enthusiasm for information as the solution to seemingly intractable development problems. (By the way, thanks for the complimentary plug for AfricaCan, Chris…

Shanta Devarajan |

The world has undergone enough banking crises that some useful lessons might be gleaned from past experience. A working paper from the IMF attempts to do just that with a database of all systemic…

Ryan Hahn |

Get ready to hear it ad nauseum: creative destruction! If you're an ardent supporter of the free market, there is little else to fall back on in the face of today's events on Wall Street…

Ryan Hahn |

While telemedicine is nothing new, improvements in telecommunications are creating the possibility of previously unthinkable innovations. The text message, as I've commented before, is…

Ryan Hahn |

Doing Business 2009 launched last Wednesday. So Friday found us in Baku to celebrate Azerbaijan's place as DB09's top reformer. We determine top reformers by looking at countries that…

Penelope Brook |