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With Success, IDA Must Begin to Reinvent Itself

Fast forward to the year 2025.  IDA will begin negotiating its 21st Replenishment Agreement.  As with every other replenishment since 1960, donor countries will sit around a table and haggle over what sectors to promote, how to measure IDA’s impact, and how to allocate its resources.  And, they will be fiercely negotiating how much money to put in IDA’s

Getting Better Contest Winner

At the launch for my new book Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, And How We Can Improve the World Even More, Nancy Birdsall announced a twitter competition –tweet what was getting better and win a copy of the book.   We had a number of entries to #gettingbetter in response, including:

A Tragedy of the Commons in Selling Tragedy

This recent Columbia Journalism Review article on Hiding the Real Africa reports:

And now for some good news out of Africa. Poverty rates throughout the continent have been falling steadily and much faster than previously thought... The death rate of children under five years of age is dropping… Africa is “among the world’s most rapidly growing economic regions,” according to the McKinsey Quarterly… Yet US journalism continues to portray a continent of unending horrors…

In Memory of Philip Musgrove

Last night, I received the tragic news that Philip Musgrove, my friend and colleague, died in an accident at Iguazu Falls. It is hard for me to write this because it is hard for me to believe Phil is gone. The hole he leaves behind is so very large. Phil appreciated friends, humor, and analytical twists. His criticism could be sharp but the encouragement he offered people was also boundless.

MCC Board Meeting Wednesday: Whither Malawi, Three Compact Completions, Heeding MCC Lessons

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors meets Wednesday. Likely on the agenda: whither the Malawi compact signing; upcoming completion of compacts in Georgia, Vanuatu and Nicaragua; and no decisions on threshold countries. The still unresolved FY2011 budget will hang over the meeting. And eyes are on President Obama in El Salvador today for mention of the MCC and a new U.S. Partnerships for Growth focus.

Malawi:

The Untapped Potential of Global Public Investors: Vijaya Ramachandran

Vijaya Ramachandran

Looking for an investor with billions? Want to know where the money is? If you’re a country with a sound financial and political record seeking money for infrastructure, you can find it in the hands of “global public investors” (GPI’s), a growing group of little-known foreign investment vehicles on the prowl for safe investment opportunities.

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