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  • Efficient Learning for the Poorby Helen Abadzi

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 24.99

    Large-scale efforts have been made since the 1990s to ensure that all children of the world go to school. But mere enrollment is not sufficient, students must become fluent in reading and calculation by the end of grade 2. Fluency is needed to process large amounts of text quickly and use the information for decisions that may ultimately reduce poverty.... more...

  • Explaining South Asia's Development Successby Sadiq Ahmed

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 9.99

    South Asia has performed well over the past 25 years in reducing poverty, improving human development and increasing growth, but faster progress with poverty reduction will require a higher rate of growth. This book shows that the development performance is not a puzzle but largely explained by good policies. Countries in the region have maintained... more...

  • Empowerment in Practiceby Ruth Alsop

    World Bank Publications 2005; US$ 24.99

    "This document offers an excellent explanation of the concept of empowerment and develops a very useful framework for disentangling and clarifying the concept. It is both practical and well justified on the basis of the literature. The approach and survey instruments developed to measure empowerment are innovative and very useful. Developing an... more...

  • Anticorruption in Transition, 3by James H. Anderson

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 14.99

    This is the third in a series of World Bank studies that examines patterns and trends in corruption in business-government interactions in the transition countries of Europe and Central Asia. The message of this series is positive: Corruption has fallen since 2000 in many transition countries in the region. Firms are paying bribes less frequently and... more...

  • Pension Reform and the Development of Pension Systemsby Emily S. Andrews

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 9.99

    Formal pension systems are an important means of reducing poverty among the aged. In recent years, however, pension reform has become a pressing matter, as demographic aging, poor administration, early retirement, and unaffordable benefits have strained pension balances and overall public finances.Pension systems have become a source of macroeconomic... more...

  • Strategies for Cotton in West and Central Africaby Ilhem Baghdadli

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 9.99

    Based on comprehensive empirical studies, the paper identifies key reforms and defines strategies to enhance the competitiveness of the cotton sector in West and Central Africa. Lessons learned from the 1990s suggest that transferring public property to private enterprises is not enough, by itself, to put the sector back on a sustainable path. The... more...

  • Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growthby Tim Besley

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 19.99

    Broad-based growth is critical for accelerating poverty reduction. But income inequality also affects the pace at which growth translates into gains for the poor. Despite the attention researchers have given to the relative roles of growth and inqequality in reducing poverty, little is known about how the microunderpinnings of growth strategies affect... more...

  • The Evolving Regulatory Context for Private Education in Emerging Economiesby Svava Bjarnason

    World Bank Publications 2008; US$ 9.99

    Governments around the world, and particularly those in developing countries, face significant educational challenges. Despite progress in raising education enrollments at the basic education level, much remains to be done. Today, about 77 million children in developing countries are not in school, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.... more...

  • Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 2007, Regionalby Francois Bourguignon

    World Bank Publications 2007; US$ 14.99

    This annual conference is a global gathering of the world's leading scholars and practitioners. Among the attendees are participants from developing countries, think tanks, NGOs, and international institutions. The papers included in this book concern issues such as:-inequality and growth in transition; -trade liberalization, inequality and poverty... more...

  • Africa's Silk Roadby Harry G. Broadman

    World Bank Publications 2006; US$ 9.99

    China and India's new-found interest in trade and investment with Africa - home to 300 million of the globe's poorest people and the world's most formidable development challenge - presents a significant opportunity for growth and integration of the Sub-Saharan continent into the global economy. Africa's Silk Road finds that China and... more...