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Leadership in Public Financial Management II, 2014-2018

Public financial management is inseparable from a country’s ability to achieve economic development that is socially inclusive and equitable. The public budget, for example, fuels investment in infrastructure and in basic services, such as health and education. Sound budget administration requires...

New: SME Financing—How to Topic Guide

May 5, 2016—The newly published SME Financing—How to Topic Guide focuses on the financial instruments available to help bridge the financing gap for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), reviewing existing financing programs and their impacts and drawing out lessons learned. The guideexplores...

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

September 30, 2015—Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan...

Foreign Policy Argument Will Prevail in Trade Debate, Bergsten Says

April 8, 2015—The Obama administration is pursuing six trade agreements, “the most ambitious set of negotiations in the country’s history,” while facing probably the toughest sell ever at home for any deals that result, trade policy analyst C. Fred Bergsten told economists and other analysts at...

Women’s Economic Empowerment—Anything wrong with this picture?

By Louise WilliamsAmes Room. By Ian Stannard on Flickr. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/This decade has seen a veritable revolution in public policy to strengthen women’s economic participation. That revolution is due in part to data that reveal severe disparity in how men and women...

Austerity Policies Come to a Head with Grexit Risk, Blyth Says

March 17, 2015—If a poll published last week by the German broadcaster ZDF gives any indication, just more than half of Germans no longer want Greece to be part of the 19-country eurozone. This is up from a month earlier and reflects a sentiment, as Bloomberg News reported, that the debtor Greeks...

The Spiritual Economist

By Pooja PokhrelMarch 16, 2015--We economists who work in development know that our task is more an art than a science. We know that our work requires more flexibility and judgment than rigor and rules. We know that life is not a laboratory. Yet, we insist on treating economics as a science in...

Solving the water problem is not quixotic, just difficult

By John BeyerMarch 12, 2015--Water is essential to human life and it is the world’s scarcest resource, even though at certain times and in certain places it is the most abundant. Supply and demand are rarely, if ever, in balance. To achieve balance should we be like Don Quixote and joust, filled...

If Data is the New Bacon, We Need More Bacon

By Louise Williams“Data is the new bacon?” Please. Data has been the bacon of economic development since the IFC plopped Doing Business, that irresistible basket of business-climate scores and rankings, on everyone’s desks in 2002. “What gets measured gets done,” said the bearers of the fresh...

Microfinance: Not Just for the Developing World

March 2, 2015—Sarah Livingstone, head of Nathan London’s financial sector development practice, typically works on projects to help the poor in places like Bangladesh and Uganda gain access to credit. She and other microfinance professionals recently looked homeward. “Whilst not on the scale of the...

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