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The Puppet Masters

by Emile van der Does de Willebois & J.C. Sharman

Billions in corrupt assets, complex money trails, strings of shell companies and other spurious legal structures. These form the complex web of subterfuge in corruption cases, behind which hides the beneficial...


Eco2 Cities

by Hiroaki Suzuki & Arish Dastur

The Eco2 Cities approach is a point of departure for cities that would like to reap the many benefits of ecological and economic sustainability. It provides an analytical and operational framework that offers...


Revitalizing Industrial Growth in Pakistan: Trade, Infrastructure, and Environmental Performance

by Ernesto Sanchez-Triana & Dan Biller

Pakistan's development efforts are guided by its 2011 Framework for Economic Growth, which identifies actions needed to create a prosperous, industrialized Pakistan through rapid and sustainable development....


Cleaning Pakistan's Air: Policy Options to Address the Cost of Outdoor Air Pollution

by Ernesto Sanchez-Triana & Santiago Enriquez

The extent of urban air pollution in Pakistan-South Asia's most urbanized country-is among the world's most severe, significantly damaging human health, quality of life, and the economy and environment of Pakistan....


Skilling up Vietnam: Preparing the Workforce for a Modern Market Economy

by Christian Bodewig & Reena Badiani-Magnusson

Education has played an important role in making Vietnam a development success story over the last twenty years. In the 1990s and early 2000s Vietnam experienced rapid economic growth and poverty reduction in...


Understanding the Poverty Impact of the Global Financial Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean: Vietnam's Remarkable Progress on Poverty Reduction

by Margaret Grosh & Maurizio Bussolo

This study documents the effects of the 2008-09 global financial crisis on poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In doing so, it describes and decomposes the effects of the crisis on poverty using...


Analyzing Markets for Health Workers: Insights from Labor and Health Economics

by Barbara McPake & Anthony Scott

This publication is part of the Bank's multiyear program to enhance its knowledge of HRH policies. The program's ultimate objective is to strengthen knowledge and capacity to collect evidence, analyze, and evaluate...


Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods

by Iain Christie & Eneida Fernandes

Tourism energizes economies and fuels the economic transformation of countries from Cape Verde to South Africa. Its benefits are clear: it can trigger infrastructure improvements, create good jobs, increase...


The Little Green Data Book 2014

by World Bank

The Little Green Data Book is a pocket-sized ready reference on key environmental data for over 200 countries. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, oceans,...


Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries: Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture

by Sebastian B. Scholz & Thomas Sembres

Biochar is the carbon-rich organic matter that remains after heating biomass under minimization of oxygen during a process called pyrolysis. Its relevance to deforestation, agricultural resilience, and energy...


The Eurasian Connection: Supply-Chain Efficiency Along the Modern Silk Route Through Central Asia

by Cordula Rastogi & Jean-Francois Arvis

The Modern Silk Route is offering a potential land-bridge between China and Europe through Central Asia and Russia that offers a complement to existing shipping routes, and is attracting growing interest by...


Municipal Finances: A Handbook for Local Governments

by Catherine D. Farvacque-Vitkovic & Mihaly Kopanyi

The Municipal Finance Handbook aims to help local government practitioners, particularly staff of medium and large cities, improve strategic management of municipal finances. The demands for pragmatic knowledge...


Making Remittances Work: Balancing Financial Integrity and Inclusion

by Emiko Todoroki & Wameek Noor

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development stated that 'the impact of helping migrants and their families will be lasting...


Working Toward Better Pay: Earnings Dynamics in Ghana and Tanzania

by Paolo Falco & Andrew Kerr

Improving the returns to labor for low-paid workers is a key policy challenge, especially in low-income countries (LICs) where earnings increases are the single most important source of poverty reduction and...


Reducing the Vulnerability of Armenia's Agricultural Systems to Climate Change: Impact Assessment and Adaptation Options

by Nicolas Ahouissoussi & James E. Neumann

Agriculture is one of the most climate-sensitive of all economic sectors. Armenia is one of the many countries where the majority of the rural population depends on agriculture-directly or indirectly-for their...


Building the Skills for Economic Growth and Competitiveness in Sri Lanka

by Halil Dundar & Benoît| Millot

Despite armed internal conflict and the global financial crisis, Sri Lanka has made remarkable progress in recent years, enjoying healthy economic growth and substantially reducing poverty. Moreover, Sri Lankans...


Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?

by Björn-Sören Gigler & Savita Bailur

This book is a collection of articles, written by both academics and practitioners as an evidence base for citizen engagement through information and communication technologies (ICTs). In it, the authors ask:...


Trade and Transport Corridor Management Toolkit

by Charles Kunaka & Robin Carruthers

Trade and transport corridors-major routes that facilitate the movement of people and goods between regions and between countries-have existed for millennia. They enable regions and countries to offer high-capacity...


Information and Communications in the Chinese Countryside: A Study of Three Provinces

by Michael Minges & Kaoru Kimura

The report first summarizes the key findings from the following three studies in three provinces (Guizhou, Jilin, Shandong): (a) a demand survey to assess rural ICT access and attitudes; (b) a library study...


Entrepreneurship Education and Training Programs Around the World: Dimensions for Success

by Alexandria Valerio & Brent Parton

Entrepreneurship has attracted global interest for its potential to catalyze economic and social development. Research suggesting that certain entrepreneurial mindsets and skills can be learned has given rise...