The road to development: Why we need more economists in the driver’s seat


Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Poverty Social inclusion

Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?

Boosting trade in Central Asia: How we’re making sure this paper doesn’t stay on the shelf

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

We are excited to announce that we are publishing a new paper today on trade and human development in Central Asia in both English and Russian! We believe the ideas and recommendations of the paper have the potential to influence major policy discussions within the five countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)… Read more »

Employment and the #post2015 development agenda: The Uzbekistan experience


Filed under: Central Asia Development Development 2.0 Poverty Social inclusion

Employment is a hot topic in discussions related to the post-2015 development agenda. Taking into account that employment-friendly policies have a lasting impact and can make a difference, the United Nations launched series of e-discussions about growth and employment. The global discussions involving the experiences of various countries will be shared with global leaders as they… Read more »

Live tweeting and streaming from Jan Vandemoortele’s lecture on poverty in Africa


Filed under: Development Governance Poverty

Will faster economic growth, more foreign aid and better governance guarantee achievement of the Millennium Development Goals? Jan Vandemoortele, closely involved with the creation of the Millennium Development Goals, will challenge this view at the Kapuscinski lecture “Are the 3Gs enough to reduce poverty in Africa? Is it all about Growth, Grants or Governance?” You… Read more »