It has been a long time since I’ve written, but the past two months have been quite hectic for us! I just returned from China, where we were working with the capital market supervisor, and the issue of the financial sector regulatory architecture, or how market supervisors should be organized, was a topic of discussion. In early June, there was a conference with all of the key financial supervisors on the topic of integrated regulation and supervision,
The first Development Marketplace for the African Diaspora in Europe (D-MADE) ended in Brussels last week, awarding close to a million dollars for sixteen investment projects in Africa. The winning projects will be implemented in 11 African countries, including Mali (4), Cote d'Ivoire (2) Benin (2) and one each for Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
As average Russians have seen steady improvements in their income for almost a decade, they have gotten a taste for luxury goods - you can see many in Moscow flaunting their Gucci and Prada, recently returned from a trip to Milan. But this is not the only thing their improved incomes are buying, at least according to a recent article in the Moscow News:
|Talking to some of the students, many of which are preparing for the college entrance examination.|
As usual on Fridays, from Raj Nallari and Breda Griffith's lecture notes.
Gender Inequality and the Labor Market
Colleagues have previously argued on this blog that public opinion is a critical force in conflict transformation and peace building. It makes intuitive sense that serious assessment of the viability of peace processes requires taking stock of various societal forces -- not just the political will of elites but also the public will comprised of the preferences of various stakeholder groups.