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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...

  • The Many Faces of Corruptionby J. Edgardo Campos

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 29.99

    Corruption... How can policymakers and practitioners better comprehend the many forms and shapes that this social pandemic takes? From the delivery of essential drugs, the reduction in teacher absenteeism, the containment of illegal logging, the construction of roads, the provision of water and electricity, the international trade in oil and gas, the... 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...

  • Higher Education Financing in the New EU Member Statesby Mary Canning

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 9.99

    This paper summarizes the experiences to date of the new EU countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia—the EU8) in the reform of higher education systems in a period of growing demand; changing patterns of access; rapid expansion and increased participation rates; and an apparent dilution... 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...

  • Technology, Adaptation, and Exportsby Vandana Chandra

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 24.99

    The literature on technological change and growth has mainly used econometric models to establish that factors, such as the degree of openness, skills, research and development expenditures, number of patents etc., are critical determinants of innovation and its effect on growth. However, this approach fails to explain the role of institutions and... 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...

  • Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorism Financingby Pierre-Laurent Chatain

    World Bank Publications 2009; US$ 29.99

    Money laundering and terrorist financing are serious crimes that affect not only those persons directly involved, but the economy as a whole. According to international standards, every bank has the obligation to know its customers and to report suspicious transactions. Although these obligations sound straightforward, they have proved challenging... 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...