The latest version of the always interesting Latinobarómetro poll on Latin American is out. Some findings include:
Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata is interviewed in the latest edition of McKinsey Quarterly.
On the reluctance of firms to invest in India he comments:
In its biggest privatization deal to date, the government of Ukraine sold the country's largest steel mill for $4.8 billion to the steel magnate Lakshmi N. Mittal, the world's third-richest person.
This World Bank-IFC report (pdf) aims to discredit three common myths regarding private sector health care in Africa:
It would be hard to disagree with the objectives of the international aid industry. But how much are donors contributing to their achievement? Despite recent progress, we still know surprisingly little... We are still in the dark about which donors, or which projects, are achieving the best results.
Soutik Biswas of the BBC reports on the informal earthquake relief effort in India:
As is the case with most Indian relief operations, there are a lot of hit-and-run gigs where 'volunteers' throw old clothes, food and plastic to screaming hungry and shivering throngs and depart. It is a very Darwinian way of relief distribution - the old, sick and women practically get nothing.
Back in July we hosted this online discussion on the role of the private sector in disaster recovery and mitigation. Unfortunately, due to Katrina and the recent South Asia earthquake this archived discussion has been receiving considerable traffic.
Following up on Tim's Milton Friedman post:
“Business is for profit, and profit is for a purpose,” [Frandsen] says. “This makes business sustainable and profit responsible.” …The crucial thing to remember, he adds, is that profit is a key tool but not the ultimate goal. “We are business people, but this is not capitalism in its purest form. The profit is for a purpose.”
Tim and I have written a short editorial at id21 venturing some guesses as to what the impact of blogs on development might be. We are optimists. What do you think? Can blogs inform and energise the development debate, or is this blog part of a passing fad? Are there creative ways in which blogging can be used to maximize the results of development dialogues and efforts? Do you know of a blog that is having an impact on development?