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September 2005

Jeffrey Sachs in Scientific American

Nothing terribly new here if you have read "The End of Poverty" or his other recent articles inspired by his work with the UN Millennium Project – though this one has a slightly more “scientific” twist:

Governments turn down private debt

More than ever, governments in developing countries have access to capital markets, but most are not using it. Instead, they have restructured their debt portfolios, cutting the share of private sector debt and increasing the share of longer-term multilateral debt... The evidence suggests that most governments are sensibly taking advantage of their menu of financing options.

Sports, business and development

Sports are universally popular – it doesn't matter if the ball is made out of leather, rags, or whether it is just a tin can. Sport also has the unique ability to engage across cultural differences, while incorporating built-in mechanisms that promote aspiration, reward effort and encourage teamwork. Accordingly, many groups (such as IBLF) have suggested that sport is an area where development partnerships between donors and businesses might flourish.

The effect of spam on the poor

Foreign Policy reports that the spam divide is yet another obstacle to developing country growth:

For people in poor countries, [Spam is] a costly threat to development… In developing nations, bandwidth is expensive and connection speeds are often slow. Spammers can effectively bring a nation’s network down.

10 governance and corruption myths

Governance expert Daniel Kaufman takes us back to the basics and addresses 10 prevailing ‘myths’ of this sensitive and misunderstood topic. To select three at random:

  • Governance and anticorruption are one and the same
  • Governance is a luxury that only rich countries can afford
  • Donors can “ringfence” projects in highly corrupt countries and sectors

More on WBI's governance and anticorruption program.