Weitzenegger's Instant Newsletter

CONTENT 1. Karsten’s Blog 2. Aid Agency News 3. Development Effectiveness News 4. Monitoring and Evaluation News 5. Economic Development News 6. Governance News 7. Social Development News 8. Migration News 9. Publications 10. Training and Events 11. Websites of the Moment _____________________________________________________________________ Dear Reader, When I started this Newsletter in 2002, social networking was… Read More Weitzenegger's Instant Newsletter

Easy Expert Registration is open

We are currently looking for economic development experts. Requested expertise includes: – Small and Medium enterprises (SME) support policy and assistance (advisory services for management, production, technology, research & development, marketing, partnership, safety, exports promotion, financing, human resources management incl. gender issues, training, environmental impact, production quality, etc.) – Banking, inclusive financial services to SMEs… Read More Easy Expert Registration is open

The World Bank Establishes a New Database on Grants

The Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group has developed a Database of grants financed by the Post-Conflict Fund and the Low Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS) Trust Fund. The Database features basic information on each of the projects supported by these two trust funds, including grant amounts, project components, recipients, etc. It also includes brief summaries… Read More The World Bank Establishes a New Database on Grants

12th UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD XII (http://www.unctadxii.org) will be held at ministerial level next April, 20-25, 2008 in Accra, Ghana. The conference is not only about defining UNCTAD’s programme but also about what is important for developing countries: a kind of development and trade paradigm which is later sometimes used, or abused by official institutions and donors. As developing… Read More 12th UN Conference on Trade and Development

Study: Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel

Study: Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel – What can we learn from promising approaches? This ECDPM study focused on the future demand for technical assistance, how TA personnel can best be mobilised, used and managed to strengthen national capacity. The study was commissioned to contribute to the current discussions on aid effectiveness and capacity development… Read More Study: Provision of Technical Assistance Personnel

Poor families hit hardest by bribery, even in rich countries, finds new TI poll

Poor families are hit hardest by demands for bribes in developed as well as developing countries, according to Transparency international’s Global Corruption Barometer 2007. The public opinion survey, published today ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, also found that citizens in countries across the globe continue to see political parties and parliaments as… Read More Poor families hit hardest by bribery, even in rich countries, finds new TI poll

New Microinsurance Initiative from the ILO and GatesFoundation

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced a new partnership to develop or improve insurance products to promote decent work for tens of millions of low-income people in the developing world. Over the course of the next three years, the facility will issue bi-annual requests for proposals and… Read More New Microinsurance Initiative from the ILO and GatesFoundation

Updated WTO trade statistics online

Updated WTO trade statistics online The WTO has released two updated statistical publications. This year’s edition of the annual “International Trade Statistics”, and an updated “Trade Profiles”, which offers a quick but comprehensive look at WTO members’ trade statistics and policy measures as well as those of countries negotiating WTO membership. http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/its2007_e/its07_toc_e.htm

IFC SME: Entrepreneurship Database

IFC SME: Entrepreneurship Database The 2007 World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey measures entrepreneurial activity in 84 developing and industrial countries over the period 2003-2005. The database includes cross-country, time-series data on the number of total and newly registered businesses, collected directly from Registrar of Companies around the world. In its second year, this survey incorporates… Read More IFC SME: Entrepreneurship Database

PSD blog is looking for experimental research in entrepreneurship

PSD blog is looking for experimental research in entrepreneurship The 2007 World Bank Entrepreneuship Database finds significant relationships between entrepreneurial activity and the quality of the enabling environment. The bank and the Kauffman Foundation are now jointly offering funding of up to $35,000 for research projects that will study what contributes to greater entrepreneurship and… Read More PSD blog is looking for experimental research in entrepreneurship

Upcoming Training and Events

Seven Training modules for Entrepreneurs http://www.bds-forum.net/training-modules/ Training module for business start-ups in French and English. Introducing the four steps of business implementation including practical exercises (action planning, business idea generation, analyse your competencies, SWOT analysis of the business idea (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats). These training modules are published without copyright and free for use. Modules: 1 on Steps… Read More Upcoming Training and Events

Publication Review January 2008

Aid for Trade: New OECD Report http://topics.developmentgateway.org/trade/highlights/viewHighlight.do~activeHighlightId=114720?intcmp=925 The WTO Aid for Trade Task Force argued that a global picture of aid-for-trade flows is important to assess whether additional resources are being delivered, to identify where gaps exists, to highlight where improvements should be made, and to increase transparency on pledges and disbursements. For that purpose… Read More Publication Review January 2008

Websites of the Month: January 2008

North-South Training, Research and Policy Network on Trade and Development http://www.acp-eu-trade.org/index.php?loc=nsn/ The NSN comprises universities and policy-oriented institutions from European and ACP countries. Its overall aim is to contribute to creating in ACP countries a cadre of professionals able to provide sound policy advice on trade and development matters, through the strengthening of linkages and… Read More Websites of the Month: January 2008

Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study

Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study We are currently in Belize to identify priority sectors offering economic diversification opportunities in the Districts of Corozal and Orange Walk as their economies adapt to change. We will recommend areas for required social and economic services/infrastructure and capacity building, and develop proposals for investments in the recommended areas. The… Read More Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study

Migration can help fight global poverty, according to new OECD report

Better and more coherent migration policies can contribute to the fight against global poverty. This is the main conclusion of “Migration and Developing Countries”, a new report by the OECD Development Centre that was presented at the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development. People, goods and capital move across international borders: this is what… Read More Migration can help fight global poverty, according to new OECD report

Sending Money Home: Worldwide Remittance Flows to Developing Countries

Sending Money Home: Worldwide Remittance Flows to Developing Countries Remittances, the portion of migrant workers’ earnings sent back ome to their families, have been a critical means of financial support for generations. But, for the most part, these flows have historically been “hidden in plain view”, often uncounted and even ignored. All that is now… Read More Sending Money Home: Worldwide Remittance Flows to Developing Countries

EC proposes new options to reinforce development of micro-credit in Europe

Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner presented an initiative which seeks to improve access to finance for small businesses and for socially excluded people, also ethnic minorities, who want to become self-employed. This initiative, in line with the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, aims to make small loans, or micro-credit, more widely available in Europe… Read More EC proposes new options to reinforce development of micro-credit in Europe

Microfinance Profits: Muhammad Yunus challenges Compartamos bank

Is it ok to make a big profit from lending to the poor? Where does microcredit end and loan sharking begin? Carlos Danel and Carlos Labarthe, the CEOs of Compartamos, a nonprofit-cum-commercial bank which charges an annual interest rate of nearly 100 percent, believe that only the lure of profits will motivate people to lend… Read More Microfinance Profits: Muhammad Yunus challenges Compartamos bank

World Bank calls for broader access to finance

Between 50 and 80 percent of adults in many developing countries have inadequate access to financial services, finds a new World Bank policy research report entitled “Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access”. According to the report, failure to provide more households and small and medium enterprises with the financial services they need… Read More World Bank calls for broader access to finance