QUALITY OF LIFE
BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY
CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
RULE OF LAW
PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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AbstractThis is the sixth edition of the World Development Indicators in its current format, the 25th since the World Bank began publishing a comprehensive set of development indicators. It begins with a report on the Millennium Development Goals, which set specific, measurable targets for development in the early 21st century. To measure progress, results have to be measured and for that good statistics are needed. Most of the statistics in this report are produced by national statistical agencies. The World Bank supports investments to improve the quality of statistics through a wide range of efforts. The Bank is a member of the Partnership in Statistics for the 21st Century, the Bank is working closely with its development partners to raise awareness of the need for the value of good statistics and to increase the resources available for statistical capacity building in developing countries. The World Bank Institute is offering training programs to build statistical capacity building in the countries preparing poverty reduction strategies. Through the International Comparison Programme (ICP), the Bank is working to improve the quality of data for comparing standards of living across countries. The Bank has established a trust fund for building statistical capacity.
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it documents the changing global landscape before and after
the crisis, emphasizing the shift towards multipolarity. In
particular, it emphasizes the ascent of developing countries
in the global economy before, during, and after the crisis.
Second, it explores what these global economic changes and
the recent crisis imply for shifts in the direction of
research in development economics. The paper places a
particular emphasis on the lessons that developed countries
can learn from the developing world.
International Development Cooperation : Set of LecturesBartenev, Vladimir; Glazunova, Elena; Bartenev, Vladimir; Glazunova, Elena (World Bank, Moscow, 2013)This set of lectures is structured in accordance with the aforementioned objectives. It is divided into four parts. Part one examines the theoretical-methodological issues of development studies that remain largely a terra incognita for the Russian audience. The authors deliberately differentiated between two terms, development and international development assistance . The most voluminous Part two examines the key issues pertaining to aid architecture. In the beginning the authors reconstruct the terminological and institutional-legal system in which international development assistance is provided currently, classify the main criteria, forms, and modalities of aid, as well as identify key international development actors. The first introductory lecture is followed by a description of the latest trends in composition and distribution of aid flows with breakdowns by donor group, aid modality, region, country, income group, and sector. There is an analysis of those trends which hinder progress in increasing aid effectiveness. The authors develop the idea that international development assistance is a form of cooperation in which both donors and recipients (regardless of the differences in their motivation, interests, goals, and strategies) are engaged as partners. However, it is still the donors that drive the agenda. That is why most of attention in part two is paid to donors, both established and emerging ones. An analysis is provided of commonalities and particularities of donor national strategies of participation in international development cooperation. Part three is entirely devoted to the practical aspects of providing assistance, management, financing, monitoring and evaluation of aid programs. This section explores a wide range of issues, such as specifics of aid management systems, planning expenditures for bilateral and multilateral aid programs, advantages and shortcomings of various aid modalities and channels of aid delivery, as well as the project-based and program-based approaches. The last part, part four, sheds light on the provision of development assistance in specific spheres, such as support for production growth (including aid for trade), infrastructure (transport, energy, information and communications technologies), social services (education, health, water supply, and sanitation), and environment.
Growth Poles and MultipolarityAdams-Kane, Jonathon; Lim, Jamus Jerome (2012-03-19)This paper develops an empirical measure
of growth poles and uses it to examine the phenomenon of
multipolarity. The authors formally define several
alternative measures, provide theoretical justifications for
these measures, and compute polarity values for nation
states in the global economy. The calculations suggest that
China, Western Europe, and the United States have been
important growth poles over the broad course of world
history, and in modern economic history the United States,
Japan, Germany, and China have had prominent periods of
growth polarity. The paper goes on to analyze the economic
and institutional determinants, both at the proximate and
fundamental level, that underlie this measure of polarity,
as well as compute measures of dispersion in growth polarity
shares for the major growth poles.