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… Continue reading Weitzenegger's Instant Newsletter

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… Continue reading The World Bank Establishes a New Database on Grants

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008 (WESP 2008)

According to WESP 2008, the world economy is facing serious challenges in sustaining the strong pace of economic growth seen over the past few years. While the baseline forecast is for world economic growth to moderate somewhat in 2008, the risks associated with the bursting of the housing bubble in the United States, the related… Continue reading World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008 (WESP 2008)

Human Development Report 2007/2008

The HDR provides evidence of the mechanisms through with the ecological impacts of climate change will be transmitted to the poor. Focusing on the 2.6 billion people surviving on less than US$2 a day, the authors warn forces unleashed by global warming could stall and then reverse progress built up over generations. The Report argues… Continue reading Human Development Report 2007/2008

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… Continue reading 12th UN Conference on Trade and Development

Measuring Well-Being Beyond GDP

The European Commission is working on a new tool to measure the wealth and well-being of countries beyond the traditional GDP. The new tool will aim to measure ‘true’ progress, taking environmental and social indicators into consideration. The initiative was presented at a high-level conference in Brussels that aimed to clarify which indices are most… Continue reading Measuring Well-Being Beyond GDP

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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading Websites of the Month: January 2008

Check out our daily Newsbox zine and RSS feed

Check out our daily Newsbox zine and RSS feed It has been kept as a secret, but most of the input we compile for our newsletters is now open for our readers. Visit our Newsbox at http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/newsbox/ It has a fast search facility, that leads you to latest partner newsletters. With the full version with… Continue reading Check out our daily Newsbox zine and RSS feed

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… Continue reading Northern Belize Economic Diversification Study

World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development

The WDR 2008 calls for placing the sector at the center of the development agenda if the goals of halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 are to be realized. The last time a WDR on agriculture was published was in 1982, making this a landmark report that comes when many are calling for an… Continue reading World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development

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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading 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… Continue reading World Bank calls for broader access to finance

The EC allocates Euro 97.4 million for its neighbours from the Mediterranean area

€ 97.4 million have been allocated to the Mediterranean region under the 2007 ENPI Regional Action Programme for the South adopted by the European Commission (EC) on 24 October. Eight regional projects and programmes will be financed in a wide range of domains such as peace, disaster prevention, investment promotion, support to the private sector,… Continue reading The EC allocates Euro 97.4 million for its neighbours from the Mediterranean area