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Friday round up: Women in Ukraine, new fund for women entrepreneurs, women and the law, WBG President and staff on women in development

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Anne Marie Slaughter of New America has a podcast on women's role in the Ukraine uprising.

Philanthropy News Digest reports on the launch of a new Gloldman Sachs-World Bank Group $600 million fund for women entrepreneurs.

How legal reforms improve women's welfare is a question being studied by World Bank economist Mary Hallward-Driemeier.

Friday roundup: Participatory development, Fed up in India, Migrants, Young women in Africa, and ag breakthroughs

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L. van Kempen has written an in-depth review in the Journal of Economics of the Bank's Policy Research Report titled 'Localizing Development.' Kempen finds that 'evidence catches up with the narrative.'

The Economist conducts a poll of young Indians, and concludes that young Indians are fed up and desperate for change.

Friday round-up: Agriculture for the future, seafood, ideas trumping interests, plus the locust effect

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William Dar of ICRISAT describes how global farm innovators can help re-green the Sahel.

A new World Bank study, 'Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture', analyzes the rise in seafood demand and how to sustainably expand aquaculture.

Dani Rodrik has an article in the Journal of Economic Perspects on when ideas trump interests.

Friday round-up: Of tapering, output gaps, microfinance, cows and world warnings ahead of Davos

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Ylan Mui writes in the Washington Post about 'Why the World Shouldn't Fear the Taper,' which draws from Global Economic Prospects (GEP), launched earlier this week.

The Economist has a daily chart drawing from the GEP that illustrates output gaps in developing countries.

David Roodman has a new paper titled 'Armageddon or Adolescence? Making Sense of Microfinance's Recent Travails.'

Friday round up: Antipoverty policies, academia and the developing world, inequality redux and five questions for 2014

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Martin Ravallion's NBER working paper titled 'The Idea of Antipoverty Policy' is now accessible online and provides a long view on how the narrative around poverty evolved from the 1800s til now.

America's war on poverty turned 50 this week and Nick Kristof has a column titled 'Progress in the War on Poverty.'

A Free Exchange post draws from a paper by the WB's Quy-Toan Do, Jishnu Das and others in the JED. Their research analyzes the tendency of academic research to focus excessively on the US and to under-study the developing world.

Friday Roundup: Inequality demystified, CCTs, GiveDirectly, post offices to expand financial inclusion, and malaria in Africa

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Globalization has benefited an emerging “global middle class,” mainly people in places such as China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil, along with the world’s top 1 percent, said Branko Milanovic at a recent Policy Research Talk. But people at the very bottom of the income ladder, as well as the lower-middle class of rich countries, lost out.

In an article published by The Economist today, World Bank researcher Berk Ozler contends that conditional cash transfers work better when the problems individuals face go beyond mere shortage of cash.  If families do not appreciate the real value of education, for instance, or if part of the benefit of doing something comes when everyone does it (vaccination is a case in point), people left to themselves may not spend enough on education or health. CCTs help to overcome that.

Weekly round up: Fresh water, India's economy, the Global Fund and the next wireless revolution

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How clean water is reaching India's slums via solar-powered ATMs.

And newly discovered aquifers as a potential source of fresh water in Kenya.

Ashutosh Varsney in the Indian Express on Democracy v. Capitalism in India and Raghuram Rajan on making, 'The Case for India.'

Friday round up: Basu on India, Krugman on age of bubbles, Egypt, Syria and Cash transfers

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Kaushik Basu on the world economy and India's rough patch, during a visit there.

Paul Krugman on how India and some of the other BRICs hitting a rough patch in his piece titled 'This age of bubbles.'

Egypt needs truth and reconciliation, says Hafez Ghannem, via Brookings.

Friday Roundup: Gates on Buffett, Studwell's book on Asian industrial policy, WSJ on herd instincts, Letters from Dads to Daughters

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Bill Gates blogs on three things he's learned from Warren Buffet. 

In a review on Joe Studwell's 'How Asia Works,'book Tyler Cowen hails this latest book on successes and failures of Asian industrial policy, including some of the more ruthless aspects of chaebols in South Korea: 

The WSJ's Real Time Economics has a piece titled "Emerging-Market Volatility Shows 'Herd Mentality'" by Ian Talley based on this week's launch of Global Economic Prospects 2013 (summer edition).  

Friday Roundup: Post-2015, Benchmarking Global Poverty, Small Farms and Other Links

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As the 2015 deadline to meet all the MDGS draws near, many are asking what comes next, including a recently appointed 26 member panel of development and political big-shots.  The high-level panel, which met last Tuesday for the first time, faces huge pressure working on a post-2015 “development vision.” 'Stakes are high,' says Paige McClanahan in an insightful post on the Poverty Matters blog.&

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