Are women as globalized as men? Daniel Altman provoked some gender-balanced debate by noting that 95% of the comments on his Managing Globalization blog are from men. The same is true on the PSD…

Christine Bowers |

Today is World Aids Day. Is there anything new that can be said? I found the chapter on Aids in Bill Easterly's "White Man's Burden" insightful. He criticizes the aid industry…

Laurence Carter |

The debate/celebrity economist deathmatch between Jeff Sachs and Bill Easterly continues to sizzle. (Click here for an earlier round.) Speaking of Easterly, he's wrapping up an online debate…

Christine Bowers |

Ntsiki Biyela is South Africa's first black female winemaker, at just 28 years old. If you're in the Western Cape, head to the Stellekaya winery to sample her work.

Christine Bowers |

Jeff Sachs, in Scientific American this month:
Von Hayek was wrong. In strong and vibrant democracies, a generous social-welfare state is not a road to serfdom but rather to fairness,…

Christine Bowers |

In our informality debate, Keith Hart and others have been vigorously taking me to task for arguing that states are 'indispensable for making markets work on a large scale.' Keith…

Tom Kenyon |

According to William Kramer at NextBillion, Oxfam continues to bash private sector approaches to development: As I read this report, the private sector is seen as the enemy at worst and a wild…

Christine Bowers |

Planting a tree is a beautiful, simple gesture. I was moved watching the Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai plant a tree with Kathy Sierra, World Bank Vice President and Head of the…

Lucie Giraud |

Some might call the talks on Climate Change a little schizophrenic - one arm is trying to mitigate climate change, while the other is busy thinking of ways to adapt to climate change's impact…

Lucie Giraud |

Doing Business in Mexico 2007, released today, tracks all 31 Mexican states on 4 areas of regulation - starting a business, registering property, getting credit and enforcing contracts. As the…

Christine Bowers |