Where are the Development Political Scientists?

Economists dominate the development field, but politics is more important to promoting it. This contradiction explains why the policies often recommended by international institutions (such as the World Bank) do not sufficiently take into account the local political, social, and institutional context. The problem is echoed in other fields, with some blaming the inability of [...]

BIF News Briefing, July 2012

1. TIPNIS consultation begins 2. Mallku Qhota: government nationalises mining concession 3. Indian steel company Jindal abandons Mutún project 4. Santa Cruz governor faces suspension 5. Cristina Fernández visits Bolivia to negotiate gas deal 6. The Bolivian economy grew 5.17% in 2011 1. TIPNIS consultation begins Consultation with communities that live in the TIPNIS national [...]

Kenya’s Debt, Kenya’s Promise

So, what does it mean that Kenya’s debt is low low that if the country were part of the Eurozone it would have the third lowest debt ratio? Probably not a great deal. It means, of course, that Kenya has managed its debt well. It means that data can reveal a great deal, but that [...]

Best employers in Africa to be identified by independent index

Business is booming on the African continent, which means an increased need for talent management. In recognition of this, the popular Best Employers research is being extended to include the best HR performers on the continent. Africa is thriving: GDP is increasing at an average of 5% each year and, in anticipation of the typical [...]

Islamic Banks and Renewable Energy in MENA

Islamic banking involves activity that is consistent with the principles of sharia law. Sharia prohibits the fixed or floating payment or acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans of money. It is also prohibited to invest in businesses that provide goods or services considered contrary to Islamic principles. Many Islamic banks were formed in [...]

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