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January 2009

Where does it pay to be a politician?

Ryan Hahn's picture

Apparently, the answer is Kenya. According to an article in

Members of Parliament each receive total monthly salary, allowances and benefits of Sh 1,435,846. This is an average figure. Some MPs may get more, some may get less. Considering it is mostly tax free, this equates to monthly remuneration in excess of Sh 2,000,000.

Documentary shorts highlight impact of climate change on people in East Asia & Pacific

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Por tercera vez en sus 66 años de historia, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha declarado una emergencia de salud pública a nivel global. Esta vez se trata del brote del virus del Ébola en tres países de África occidental: Guinea, Liberia y Sierra Leona. Después de la terrible experiencia de los últimos meses, los Gobiernos y las comunidades de estas tres naciones están buscando desesperadamente señales de que la enfermedad se puede detener.

Como médicos, que comprendemos bien tanto la situación del continente africano como el control de las enfermedades infecciosas, estamos seguros de que el plan de respuesta al ébola, que llevan adelante los países y la OMS, puede contener este brote y acabar con él en cuestión de meses. Tengamos presente también que no se trata solo de un problema de África, sino también de una cuestión humanitaria que casualmente ocurre en una pequeña parte de ese continente.

Brain train

Ryan Hahn's picture

Writing on the World Bank People Move blog, Sonia Plaza reports that U.S. Census numbers show that non-natives residing in the U.S. are more likely to hold a masters degree than native-born U.S. citizens.* This leads her to ask the following questions in a post on "Brain drain" and the global mobility of high-skilled talent:

It's the model, stupid!

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“The essential problem is that our models – both risk models and econometric models – as complex as they have become, are still too simple to capture the full array of governing variables that drive global economic reality.[...] But risk management can never reach perfection. It will eventually fail and a disturbing reality will be laid bare, prompting an unexpected and sharp discontinuous response..”   Alan Greenspan, former Governor of the US Federal Reserve, writing in the "Opinion" column of the FTMarch 16 2008.

Some optimism during gloomy mood of Davos 2009

James I Davison's picture
版本: English
 National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Tim Wendelin tests techniques for solar energy storage at a testing facility in Colorado. Dennis Schroeder / NREL
(美国)国家可再生能源实验室工程师Tim Wendelin在科罗拉多州实验室测试太阳能存储技术
Dennis Schroeder / 国家可再生能源实验室



Helping people escape from poor geography or poor governance - from World Development Report 2009

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World Development Report 2009, the World Bank's annual flagship, has devoted a significant chapter to the migration of people. “Throughout history, mobility has helped people escape the tyranny of poor geography or poor governance,” argues Indermit Gill, the lead author, “ people and products form the cornerstone of inclusive, sustainable globalization.”

BBC World Service Trust: "Sanglap" and "Story Story"

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CommGAP, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Demand for Good Governance Peer Learning Network and the World Bank Institute, organized a roundtable yesterday on “The Role of Media in Strengthening Governance.” Dr. Gerry Power, Director of Research & Knowledge Management at the BBC World Service Trust, presented examples from work done in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. World Bank colleagues Verena Fritz, Governance Specialist and a contributor to this blog, and Sahr Kpundeh, Senior Public Sector Specialist, served as discussant and chair, respectively. Participants included representatives from the media sector, civil society, and other international organizations.

Angola's economic prospects (revised)

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Students trying their business inside Dubai Mall
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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries differ from SMEs elsewhere in that they employ mostly expatriate workers and very few of their own nationals. How do we know this? We see it in the labor force statistics: The share of expatriates in the private sector labor force ranges from 80% to 98% in the six GCC countries— Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)— the lowest being in Oman and Bahrain, and the highest in Qatar and the UAE.