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 |

So says the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, which just released a note based on new data on private infrastructure projects in developing countries: From Aug to Nov 2008, 31 PPI […

Ryan Hahn |

Avid users of instant messaging, beware! Your habit is about to become very expensive. Well, at least if you live in Russia. Apparently, the Russian patent agency has awarded a patent on the…

Ryan Hahn |

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 |

The Economist reports this week on new research on the relationship between Health and Wealth. The long and the short of it is that improvements in health don't necessarily lead to higher…

Ryan Hahn |

 “When I was a boy of fourteen,” Mark Twain once said, “my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he…

Shanta Devarajan |

China’s stimulus package, announced this week, focuses on more than just building up the industrial and export capacity. Some investments will also be in housing, schools, and health facilities.…

David Dollar |

It's 11 p.m. and Barack Obama has just been elected President of the United States.  I am thinking of what this historic election will mean for Africa.  My colleague Bob Zoellick has already…

Shanta Devarajan |

In some villages in Laos, a household of six people live on US$320 a year, living with whatever means their environment offers them.

Nanda Gasparini |