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  1. September 30, 2014

    US and Afghanistan sign security deal

    The new government in Afghanistan signed security pacts with both the US and Nato on Tuesday which will allow around 12,000...

  2. September 30, 2014

    Low US soyabean stocks fail to halt price slide

    A report revealing the lowest US soyabean stockpiles in more than four decades failed to arrest a steep price slide for the...

  3. September 30, 2014

    Kenya sees economy grow 25% after statistical revision

    Kenya has been newly classified a middle-income country after a statistical reassessment increased the size of its economy...

  4. beyondbrics

    September 29, 2014

    Guest post: Ukraine must push ahead with reform

    By Dmytro Shymkiv of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration In cooperation with the European Union, Ukraine is pushing...

  5. September 28, 2014

    From Bentleys to fish, Russia’s economy feels sanctions’ sting

    More than once, Mikhail Zub was driven to the verge of failure in his attempts over the past 20 years to transform a rotting...

  6. September 25, 2014

    Kazakhstan revives conflict-hit bond sale

    Kazakhstan has once again announced its intention to borrow money on international debt markets as political tensions...

  7. September 24, 2014

    ‘Supranationals’ borrow at record levels

    The effects of the global financial crisis have pushed “supranational” organisations such as the World Bank to issue record...

  8. September 23, 2014

    Commodities: Cereal excess

    Towering like a missile above the Illinois prairie town of Monticello, the galvanised metal silo that Topflight Grain...

  9. September 23, 2014

    IFC launches India’s first Maharaja bond

    The International Finance Corporation on Tuesday sold the debut tranche of its $2.5bn “Maharaja” rupee bond programme, the...

  10. September 21, 2014

    Axa joins IFC in developing markets insurance push

    Axa is to partner with the private investment arm of the World Bank in what is set to be the most wide-ranging...

  11. September 21, 2014

    Barclays adds to its ‘green’ portfolio with £1bn bonds investment

    Barclays is to invest more than £1bn in green bonds to finance environmentally friendly projects, representing one of the...

  12. September 19, 2014

    Why the world is getting safer

    The bad news just doesn’t seem to let up. The other day my publisher friend Mariia emailed from Kharkiv in Ukraine. When I...

  13. beyondbrics

    September 18, 2014

    Tunisia's unfinished revolution

    It is not news that under its ousted dictator, Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali (left), Tunisia was a kleptocracy, its...

  14. September 17, 2014

    IMF and World Bank pledge $300m for Ebola campaign

    The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have pledged $300m in emergency aid for the three most affected countries...

  15. September 17, 2014

    Somalia to rewrite contracts in response to corruption concerns

    Somalia is cancelling or renegotiating a series of high-profile contracts ranging from oil exploration to port operations as...

  16. beyondbrics

    September 15, 2014

    Slowing China and lower commodity prices claim a Peruvian scalp

    There are two known unknowns when looking at South America’s economies: China, and everything else. Over the past decade,...

  17. FT Tech Hub

    September 12, 2014

    Facebook partners with Cherie Blair to boost female entrepreneurs

    At a conference this April, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, got chatting to Cherie Blair, a lawyer and...

  18. beyondbrics

    September 10, 2014

    Africa rising: for whom, and for how long?

    Africa is, or has been, rising: on that most people seem agreed. The question is: which parts, and for how long? The...

  19. September 9, 2014

    World’s leading economies warned over ‘global jobs crisis’

    The world’s largest economies are still failing to create enough jobs and too many of those that are being produced are too...

  20. September 8, 2014

    Congo renews push for Grand Inga dam, an African white elephant

    On a wooden stake planted in Africa’s equatorial forest, a small hand-painted sign reads: “Here will be erected the water...

  21. beyondbrics

    September 8, 2014

    Xi's cancelled trip is credit negative for Pakistan, says Moody's

    In another unhappy turn for Pakistan, China’s president Xi Jinping postponed a state visit to the country on Saturday after...

  22. beyondbrics

    September 8, 2014

    Guest post: two China investment stories reveal the benign and the ugly

    By Andrew Colquhoun, Fitch Ratings Does China invest too much? The country has been investing about 48 per cent of its GDP...

  23. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2014

    Guest post: the trillion dollar scandal of financial secrecy

    By David McNair of the ONE Campaign While the newswires are dominated by the threat of Isis, a critical opportunity to cut...

  24. The World

    August 26, 2014

    Are 12 million Americans living on less than $2 a day?

    The biggest development story of the last two decades has been the vast reduction in the number of the world’s extreme poor...

  25. August 20, 2014

    Asians poorer than official data suggest, says ADB

    The Asian Development Bank has joined calls for a rethink of the way poverty is measured, saying the number of poor in Asia...

  26. August 20, 2014

    IFC launches $2.5bn rupee bond programme

    The International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, has launched a $2.5bn rupee bond programme, the largest...

  27. beyondbrics

    August 18, 2014

    Guest post: capital is the key to unlocking Angola's SMEs

    By Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais Small and medium-sized enterprises are the real engine of growth. In developed markets they...

  28. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    Record remittance inflows boost Bangladesh GDP outlook

    Remittances sent home by Bangladeshi workers overseas rose 19.7 per cent to a record monthly high of $1.4bn in July,...

  29. August 10, 2014

    China kicks off second round of privatisation

    China is pushing a fresh round of state-owned enterprise (SOE) privatisation, but local governments’ efforts to spin cash...

  30. August 5, 2014

    Beijing invites US to link up over Africa

    China has invited the US to co-operate in financing and building infrastructure in Africa and other parts of the developing...

  31. August 5, 2014

    US considers partnership with China in developing world

    US president Lyndon Johnson famously remarked of FBI director J Edgar Hoover that it was “probably better to have him inside...

  32. August 5, 2014

    US seeks to catch up with China in Africa

    Barack Obama has announced more than $14bn of investment by US companies in Africa and helped mobilise a further $17bn in...

  33. August 4, 2014

    World Bank pledges $200m to fight Ebola

    The World Bank pledged up to $200m in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola virus in west Africa, as the death toll in...

  34. beyondbrics

    July 29, 2014

    Egypt: World Bank sees widening of 'shadow' economy

    It is not hard to find evidence of Egypt’s extensive informal economy. It is present everywhere from the rickety microbuses...

  35. July 27, 2014

    Leadership lessons in Haiti

    The poverty-stricken Caribbean country of Haiti faces intense challenges. A World Bank report in 2014 states that Haiti...

  36. beyondbrics

    July 23, 2014

    Guest post: the Brics Bank and Bretton Woods

    By Lucy O’Carroll of Aberdeen Asset Management The Bretton Woods conference aimed to reshape the international financial...

  37. beyondbrics

    July 23, 2014

    Guest post: Myanmar must choose between resource curse and export-led development

    By Stuart Larkin of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Following his “flipping the switch” on political reform, Thein...

  38. July 21, 2014

    Asean: Long on optimism

    When online travel search company Skyscanner wanted to expand in Asia, its management decided not to try China first, even...

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