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March 2007

Shoes (not) optional

David Lawrence's picture

Shoes_big_2 I hadn't worn shoes in nearly a month. I'm not used to shoes anymore. This is probably the only IFC office I know of where you work barefoot. Staff and visitors alike leave their shoes at the front door before coming inside, sometimes hopping while trying to undo their laces.

Analysing and Achieving Pro-Poor Growth

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

The latest issue of UNDP International Poverty Centre's journal, Poverty in Focus, is fully devoted to the analysis of pro-poor growth and its policy implications and results. The authors spell out and apply different definitions and measures in discussing various policy-related aspects of pro-poor growth.

Featured articles:

  • Global Estimates of Pro-Poor Growth, by Hyun H. Son

Death and resurrection

Hands1One of our staff died today. The rest of the team has gathered from the South of Chad to N'Djamena for training, and we get a call around 8am. He has passed away with first light. He has been sick for a while, and so the news is not unexpected, although still shocking. We sit in silence, stunned.

Tough terms in Algeria

[In Algeria] public-sector managers who leave their posts for jobs in the private sector will be liable to severe penalties, including prison terms of six months to a year and fines of up to AD500,000 (US $6,900), according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette on March 13th. The decree states that managers in state-owned enterprises wanting to work in the private sector must first spend two years unemployed.