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  • Design and Performance of Policy Instruments to Promote the Development of Renewable Energyby Gabriela Elizondo Azuela; Luiz Augusto Barroso

    World Bank Publications 2012; US$ 14.99

    Renewable energy plays an important role in contributing to the transition toward low-carbon development growth, in enhancing technology diversification and hedging against fuel price volatility, in strengthening economic growth, and in facilitating access to electricity.The global trends indicate a growing commitment to renewable energy development... more...

  • Revisiting Public-Private Partnerships in the Power Sectorby Maria Vagliasindi

    World Bank Publications 2013; US$ 19.99

    Given the chronic power shortages faced by numerous developing countries, and the need everywhere to keep pace with demand, understanding the drivers of public private partnerships (PPPs) in energy is critical. While many private electricity projects have been delayed and financing costs have increased, the impact of the global financial crisis was... more...

  • Vocational Education in the New EU Member Statesby Mary Canning

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 9.99

    Vocational education often is ignored during discussions of secondary education reform even though it accounts for between 25 percent and 79 percent of upper secondary enrollment in the former centrally-planned countries of the European Union. Based on information, data, and feedback from most of these countries, this paper develops a set of propositions... more...

  • Engaging with Fragile Statesby Soniya Carvalho

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 9.99

    During fiscal 2003-05, World Bank lending and administrative budgets to fragile states amounted to $4.1 billion and $161 million, respectively. IEG's report assesses the effectiveness of this Bank support. The report finds that the Bank and the donor community have improved their operational readiness to engage with fragile states, and made substantial... more...

  • The Environment for Women's Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africaby Nadereh Chamlou

    World Bank Publications 2008; US$ 19.99

    The commonly held perception is that businesses owned by women in the Middle East and North Africa are small and informal, that they’re less sophisticated, and that they’re huddled in low-value-added sectors. In fact, as The Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa shows, there is very little difference... more...

  • Integrity in Mobile Phone Financial Servicesby Pierre-Laurent Chatain

    World Bank Publications 2008; US$ 9.99

    Governments are challenged to make an innovation-friendly climate while simultaneously ensuring that business development remain sustainable. Criminal use of the technology—terrorist financing and money laundering—challenges long-run business viability via risk of massive investment flight and public distrust of new players entering the market.... more...

  • Health Care Spending in the New EU Member Statesby Mukesh Chawla

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 9.99

    Following the transition from central planning toward market-based economies, the formerly communist states of Central and Eastern Europe introduced a number of reforms in the finance, management, and organization of the health sector. While health sector reforms in these countries have involved deep structural changes, they have generally been less... more...

  • From Red to Grayby Mukesh Chawla

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 24.99

    Conventional wisdom holds that aging populations are unfavorable for economic growth because of their potential impacts on labor supply, productivity, and savings. When this is coupled with the increased spending pressures because of pension requirements and health care, aging societies are likely to face serious fiscal problems. This report addresses... more...

  • The U.S.-Guatemala Remittance Corridorby Hela Cheikhrouhou

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 9.99

    This study gives an overview of the intermediation of worker remittance flows from the United States to Guatemala. In contrast to other remittance corridors in the world, most transfers in this corridor are channeled in the United States through the formal sector, and distributed in Guatemala through the banking system. However, both senders and receivers... more...

  • Climate Change and the World Bank Group, Phase Iby Kenneth Chomitz

    World Bank Publications 2009; US$ 19.99

    Climate change threatens to derail development, even as development pumps ever-greater quantities of carbon dioxide into an atmosphere already polluted with two centuries of Western emissions. The World Bank, with a newly-articulated Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, must confront these entangled threats in helping its clients... more...