Entrepreneurship: New Data on Business Creation and How to Promote It

The World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey continues to extend our knowledge of the importance of entrepreneurship for a dynamic economy. In its second year, with more countries participating, the survey again shows a strong relationship between entrepreneurship, the business environment, and governance. New data shed light on how the distribution of businesses among sectors varies… Continue reading Entrepreneurship: New Data on Business Creation and How to Promote It

Promoting Pro-Poor growth: A Practical Guide to ex-ante Poverty Impact Assessment

Enabling poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth is critical to creating a path out of poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Yet without ex ante assessment of likely impacts, policies and programmes often fail to achieve the desired pro-poor impacts. To help donors and partner countries identify… Continue reading Promoting Pro-Poor growth: A Practical Guide to ex-ante Poverty Impact Assessment

Innovation clusters: A statistical analysis and overview of current policy support

Clusters can be powerful engines of regional economic development and drivers of innovation. They enable companies to integrate in clusters where they can collaborate with and learn from research institutions, suppliers, customers and competitors. The Cluster Report published by Directorate General Enterprise and Industry offers an overview of the main statistical findings obtained so far… Continue reading Innovation clusters: A statistical analysis and overview of current policy support

Policy Coherence for Development – Migration and Developing Countries

What are the costs and benefits of migration for developing countries? How can migration flows be better organised to yield greater benefits for all parties concerned—migrant-sending countries, migrant-receiving countries, and the migrants themselves? This OECD book seeks to answer these questions, taking stock of what we know about the effects of migration on development, and… Continue reading Policy Coherence for Development – Migration and Developing Countries

Rural employment and migration: In search of decent work

This ODI Briefing Paper by Steve Wiggins and Priya Deshingkar looks at new thinking on rural employment which is needed to create more and better rural jobs. Growth in agriculture is essential, and growth in the rural non-farm economy is especially important. Job prospects improve as education, skills, health and early nutrition levels rise. Rural-urban… Continue reading Rural employment and migration: In search of decent work

Impact Analysis on the Application of the Nucleus Approach in Sri Lanka

This GTZ document by Rainer Mueller-Glodde and Simone Lehmann presents the results of the application of the Nucleus Approach 5 years after its introduction. The Nucleus Approach interlinks capacity building in business associations and chambers with the promotion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and lobbying aiming at improving the business environment. It was first… Continue reading Impact Analysis on the Application of the Nucleus Approach in Sri Lanka

The Trade Knowledge Network

The Trade Knowledge Network (TKN) is the collaboration of research institutions in developed and developing countries located in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Trade Knowledge Network is aimed at building long-term capacity to address issues of trade and sustainable development in developing country research institutions, non-governmental organizations and governments through increased awareness, knowledge… Continue reading The Trade Knowledge Network

Information portal on Value Chains for Development, by KIT

This VC4D portal and provides access to free, full-text electronic documents on the VC4D approach, both as an analytical concept and a development tool. The target audience is formed by professionals, researchers, policy-makers and students, who are active in the field of pro-poor value chain development. Furthermore, the portal provides access to newsletters, discussion groups,… Continue reading Information portal on Value Chains for Development, by KIT

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 improvements in methodology, and… Continue reading IFC SME Entrepreneurship Database

UNCTAD: Developmental states are best able to carry out Africa´s development agenda

Making greater use of domestic resources can help African countries achieve sustained and higher economic growth and over the long term will reduce overdependence on donor funding and on the rules that apply to it, a new UNCTAD report says. The report argues that increased use of domestic financial resources and more productive investments would… Continue reading UNCTAD: Developmental states are best able to carry out Africa´s development agenda

China and the end of poverty in Africa. Towards mutual benefit?

In 2006, China hosted the Third Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) attended by 48 African heads of state and high level representatives. This unprecedented high level meeting witnessed the birth of ”a new type of strategic partnership” between China and Africa. Chinese policies including its role as a donor and creditor… Continue reading China and the end of poverty in Africa. Towards mutual benefit?

Francis Appiah Receives German Africa Prize

The Executive Secretary of the National African Peer Review Governing Council (NAPRM-GC) Dr. Francis Appiah has received the 2007 German Africa Prize for his efforts at contributing to governance reforms in Ghana and the African continent in general. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member… Continue reading Francis Appiah Receives German Africa Prize

Asia´s Growth can Provide Economic, Social Benefits to All – Joint MDG Report

The Asia and Pacific region as a whole is forging ahead on many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but there is uneven progress within countries and many of the less developed economies need global support to plug some of their key development gaps, says a new report released by ADB and the United Nations.… Continue reading Asia´s Growth can Provide Economic, Social Benefits to All – Joint MDG Report

ADB Vice President stresses need for economic and social benefits to be shared by many

Asian Development Bank Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss stressed the need to ensure that access to economic and social benefits in Asia can be shared by many, not just by the few. ”Asia is the fastest growing region in the world, and yet if specific actions are not taken, there will be many people falling behind,… Continue reading ADB Vice President stresses need for economic and social benefits to be shared by many

The World Bank and Middle-Income Countries: Business as Usual?

The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group’s new report-Development Results in Middle-Income Countries (MICs) finds that the World Bank’s work with MICs over the past decade has contributed to the growth and significant poverty reduction achieved by those countries. Indeed four-fifths of respondents to an IEG survey of opinion-leaders in MICs said they value the Bank’s… Continue reading The World Bank and Middle-Income Countries: Business as Usual?

EU unveils plan to make small firms greener

The European commission has unveiled a plan to reduce the environmental impact of small and medium size businesses (SMEs) and boost their compliance with EU environmental legislation. The plan intends to strengthen efforts to reduce administrative burden on business as part of the EU’s ”better regulation” drive, in order to free resources for improving compliance… Continue reading EU unveils plan to make small firms greener

Doing Business 2008: It´s Regulation, Stupid

As countries reform their business regulation, more businesses are starting up. Eastern Europe has witnessed a boom in new business entry that rivals the rapid growth in East Asia in the past. Large emerging markets such as India, China, Egypt, Turkey, and Indonesia, are reforming fast and investors are taking notice. This year Egypt is… Continue reading Doing Business 2008: It´s Regulation, Stupid

UNCTAD World Investment Report 2007

Global inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) are on track this year to surpass the record USD 1,411 billion reached in 2000, despite the turmoil in financial markets, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said. The Geneva-based agency’s annual World Investment Report ((WIR07) showed that inflows of FDI amounted to USD 1,306 billion… Continue reading UNCTAD World Investment Report 2007

OECD: Private Sector Development in Poor Countries

Building a successful Public-Private dialogue (PPD) requires much more than legal procedures and administrative structures. Dialogue and compromise are necessary for governments to learn about the private sector’s problems and adjust policies to foster its growth and development. This study addresses the obstacles to efficient PPD in low-income countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan… Continue reading OECD: Private Sector Development in Poor Countries

ICT and Local Economic Development

ICT and Business development will be influenced by the extent to which people have access to ICT as clients, employees and citizens. Development may also influenced by the municipal approach to stimulating local economic growth. Without a critical mass of empowered users, the impact of ICT to stimulate local eco-nomic development will be limited. Similarly,… Continue reading ICT and Local Economic Development

Monitoring economic partnership agreements: A methodological overview

This InBrief by Southern African Regional Poverty Network presents a preliminary overview of some methodological issues linked to the design of a monitoring mechanism for the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states and the European Union (EU) countries. The authors conclude that there is no ready-made approach for monitoring… Continue reading Monitoring economic partnership agreements: A methodological overview

Peace, Prosperity, and Pro-Growth Entrepreneurship

Support for entrepreneurship is widely seen as a mechanism to facilitate prosperity and peace in a growing number of post-conflict states. This paper critically evaluates this view. It argues that entrepreneurship is a ubiquitous quality in post-conflict states but not necessarily always for the good. Unproductive and destructive entrepreneurship may inhibit the resurgence of the… Continue reading Peace, Prosperity, and Pro-Growth Entrepreneurship