I gave one of the keynotes (based on joint work with Markus Goldstein) at the recent ICASA 2008 in Dakar, Senegal on the title of this post. The fight against AIDS involves allocating scarce…

Shanta Devarajan |

Pictures with my students in the spring of 1986. The lives of college students in China have since changed tremendously. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the launching of China's…

David Dollar |

As virtual worlds gain increasing popularity, what should policy makers do with them (beyond, of course, visiting the Doing Business island)?

Giulio Quaggiotto |

At a recent AERC research workshop in Nairobi, I made a comment about African governments’ not spending enough money on public goods, and spending too much on private goods such as fertilizers. …

Shanta Devarajan |

In the last decade, conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs are probably the key social policy innovation around the world and in the East Asia and Pacific region. The targeted programs offer…

Ariel Fiszbein |

Financial wizardry has gotten a bad name lately - some in the U.S. have even called for a Financial Product Safety Commission. Innovation in financial products clearly has its uses, though.

Ryan Hahn |

I had to read the article twice before I could believe it, but it seems to be the case in Tanzania (Hat tip: University World News). From The Citizen:

Ryan Hahn |

CGAP has revamped its blog, so get your microfinance fix on over at the CGAP Microfinance Blog! Kate McKee asks whether the big will get bigger and Paulina Ibarra discusses the results of CGAP…

Ryan Hahn |

As the Global Environmental Management Initiative releases its Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships, the Economist recently reminded us that in a Development 2.0 world, the balance of…

Giulio Quaggiotto |

It’s now that time for me when you have to sit down and write goodbye and thank you emails, throw away all those trees you’ve cut over the years (that would be paper), wrap up work, pack up your…

Nanda Gasparini |