Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion

The nonprofit community cleared a path for private-sector institutions to provide financial services to the poor on a for-profit basis. This achievement has created a conundrum: What is the next … Continue reading

Monday, 20 October 2014 · Leave a comment

The violence of neoliberalism

As austerity measures intensify in the wake of the most recent global financial crisis, it is becoming ever more clear that neoliberalization exhibits a distinct relational connection with violence. This … Continue reading

Friday, 17 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Open Data – What Now? 7 Ideas for Your City

Originally posted on Places.:
by Valentin Schipfer Everbody talks about smart cities while nobody really knows what hides behind it. Is it about open data and communication technologies or about…

Thursday, 16 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Aid and tax in Ethiopia: is there a crowding out effect?

Based on the Ethiopian case and on other available evidence, the argument of a crowding out effect to justify lower aid levels seems misplaced. Instead aid can be beneficial to … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Social protection for older persons: Key policy trends and statistics

This policy paper: (i) provides a global overview of the organization of pension systems, their coverage and benefits, as well as public expenditures on social security, in 178 countries; (ii) … Continue reading

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Understanding Latin America’s Financial Inclusion Gap

This paper analyzes Latin America’s Financial Inclusion Gap, the difference between the average financial inclusion for Latin America and the corresponding average for a set of comparator countries. At the … Continue reading

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Economics versus Politics: Pitfalls of Policy Advice

The standard approach to policy-making and advice in economics implicitly or explicitly ignores politics and political economy, and maintains that if possible, any market failure should be rapidly removed. This … Continue reading

Monday, 29 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Delay and secrecy: does industry sponsorship jeopardize disclosure of academic research?

The viability of modern open science norms and practices depend on public disclosure of new knowledge, methods, and materials. Aggregate data from the OECD show a broad shift in the … Continue reading

Thursday, 18 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Being LGBT in Asia: Thailand Country Report

The history of homosexuality and transgender behaviours in Thailand has led to a complex and contradictory situation with the outward appearance of acceptance, and higher visibility of transgender people than … Continue reading

Thursday, 18 September 2014 · Leave a comment

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