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January 2006

Global risks in 2006

The World Economic Forum has released the ‘Global Risks 2006’ report. The four key scenarios they model are a severe oil price shock, influenza pandemic, terrorism and climate change. Notably, see these visual risk matrixes.

Acumen Fund Fellows Program

Acumen Fund is launching a Fellows Program to provide ten extraordinary young professionals with a unique opportunity to use their skills to effect real social change... Fellows will spend one year working with our team and with local entrepreneurs, gaining intensive experience in price performance, logistics, distribution systems, scaling and innovative technology.

Privatization in developing countries

Many public policies move in and out of fashion, but few have shifted in pendulum-like manner to the extent of privatization.

For more, see John Nellis’ new paper on ‘Privatization in Developing Countries: A Summary Assessment’:

Concrete canvas: a world-changing idea

Concrete canvas wins Saatachi & Saatachi World-Changing Ideas Award.

After all the recent disasters of the past year—from the tsunami to the Pakistan earthquake to Hurricane Katrina—Concrete Canvas is a fitting choice. The idea is to create hardened, concrete structures for disaster victims that are much more durable than tents… You have a package, you add water, you add air, and you have structure.

The development impact blues

Follow the bouncing red ball and sing along with IDRC’s Terry Smutylo: ‘Output outcome downstream impact blues’. Very funny, even though I wouldn't agree with it all - and you probably have to have worked in development to enjoy. (ht to PG)


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