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

    Following his “flipping the switch” on political reform, Thein Sein, Myanmar’s president, has embraced the international...

  2. 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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  1. Working in the International Public Sector

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  2. The Future of Development Banks 2012

    The idea of rich countries funding development in poor countries is becoming a thing o...
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  1. July 20, 2014

    A few Brics short of a firewall

    During last week’s meeting of the Brics nations in Fortaleza, Brazil, one item of unusual substance emerged from the...

  2. July 18, 2014

    A peek into the IMF machine

    A couple of years ago, Liaquat Ahamed, a Washington-based fund manager turned writer, flew to Tokyo to participate in the...

  3. July 17, 2014

    Xi Jinping’s Latin American trip places trade ahead of ideology

    When Xi Jinping went to Latin America last year he visited US allies such as Mexico and Costa Rica – leading some in...

  4. July 17, 2014

    Adapt trade policy to reflect globalisation, economic bodies warn

    Countries need to do more to adapt trade policies to reflect the 21st century realities of globalisation and international...

  5. July 16, 2014

    Emerging economies: Taking a stand

    The airport of Fortaleza, Brazil’s northeastern beachside city, looked like a parking lot this week for the powers that are...

  6. Brussels Blog

    July 16, 2014

    EU summit: Leaked draft of new Russia sanctions

    A pro-Russian militant stands guard at a checkpoint outside Donetsk earlier this week. UPDATE: We’ve now posted the draft...

  7. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2014

    Guest post: does the world really need a Brics bank?

    By Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, Pramerica Investment Management Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are...

  8. July 14, 2014

    A world without water

    The River Nar, a minor waterway about 100 miles north of London, is barely known to the average Briton. And at first glance,...

  9. July 14, 2014

    The Brics try to reshape the world

    For those who love symbolism, the Brics summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, this week will be a banner occasion, a remarkable...

  10. July 13, 2014

    Students opt for internships with impact

    Creating marketing plans for Afghan artisans, enhancing nutrition in African food and developing healthcare in the Middle...

  11. July 11, 2014

    India and China – clash of the titans

    Britain’s chancellor George Osborne was in India this week, praising the new government of Narendra Modi for its “ambition,...

  12. July 9, 2014

    Developing world blazes trail for 2.5bn with no banking access

    It is a weekday morning and a dozen or so women are gathering in the patio of a house in Xochimilco, a working-class...

  13. July 9, 2014

    IFC review puts $3bn Latin America bank merger in the balance

    Latin America’s largest bank merger in recent years, between Brazil’s Itaú-Unibanco and Chile’s CorpBanca, is in the balance...

  14. July 2, 2014

    Isis advance reverses decade of growth in Middle East trade

    The rise of jihadis in Iraq and Syria is disrupting trade routes across the Middle East and casting a shadow over economic...

  15. July 2, 2014

    Shanghai leads race for Brics bank HQ

    Shanghai is leading a race to host the headquarters of a new “Brics” development bank that will challenge for the first time...

  16. July 2, 2014

    Macau overtakes Switzerland in income tables

    Macau has leapfrogged Switzerland to become the world’s fourth richest territory per person, according to the World Bank,...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Cat bond investors show their limits

    The World Bank attracted attention last week when the development institution issued its first ever catastrophe bond, the...

  18. The World

    June 29, 2014

    Xi harks back to China's 1950s foreign policy

    By Lucy Hornby It was a vintage 1950s moment as foreign diplomats based in Beijing streamed into the Great Hall of the...

  19. June 26, 2014

    World Bank sells first ever ‘cat bond’

    The World Bank has issued its first ever catastrophe bond as hunger for yield allows developing countries to transform their...

  20. June 26, 2014

    World Bank: Emerging nations have borne brunt of protectionism

    Manufacturers from emerging economies have borne the brunt of protectionist measures introduced since the 2008 global...

  21. beyondbrics

    June 26, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * StanChart warns of 20% profit fall | Emerging markets bank says operating profits for the first six months...

  22. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2014

    Mexico's tax regime: scaring off oil company investors?

    Mexico’s historic energy reform has understandably whetted the appetites of oil companies worldwide. But, concerns are...

  23. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2014

    Psychometrics help ease the huge EM funding gap

    How do you bank the “unbankable”? The question could hardly be of more importance to small businesses in emerging markets,...

  24. June 24, 2014

    China expands plans for World Bank rival

    China is expanding plans to establish a global financial institution to rival the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank,...

  25. The World

    June 23, 2014

    Ireland bags another gong: world's 'goodest' nation

    By Vincent Boland in Dublin It is tough being number one. Just ask the Irish. One of the things Ireland has had to get used...

  26. beyondbrics

    June 20, 2014

    Internet retailer tapping into diaspora dollars

    Money sent home by Nigeria’s emigrant workers traditionally covers basic expenses like housing, education and medicine....

  27. beyondbrics

    June 19, 2014

    A BRICS bank: can it outdo the World Bank?

    As a coordinated entity, the BRICS grouping of emerging markets has produced little except inspiring the name of a...

  28. June 19, 2014

    Focus on Africa: Aid agencies must recruit fresh talent to remain relevant

    Taking up a far flung post at a multilateral institution only to be confronted with suspicion, favouritism and even...

  29. June 19, 2014

    Ivory Coast cocoa reforms leave bittersweet taste

    In the past 15 years, the World Bank has been involved in not one but two shake-ups of the way Ivory Coast runs its vital...

  30. June 19, 2014

    Innovation fever breaks out as development landscape shifts

    Global development organisations have been doing a lot of soul searching recently. With multinationals and private...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 17, 2014

    Argentina's bond saga: Kicillof speaks

    Tuesday’s event in Argentina’s fast-unfolding debt saga will be a press conference by Axel Kicillof (pictured), economy...

  32. June 17, 2014

    IFC issues renminbi green bond in London

    The first renminbi-denominated “green bond” has been issued in London, marking a further step forward in the...

  33. beyondbrics

    June 12, 2014

    Kenya talks the talk but isn't out of the woods

    Henry Rotich, Kenya’s finance minister, said just about everything the country – and foreign investors – wanted to hear on...

  34. beyondbrics

    June 12, 2014

    Opinion: Mexican reform, an outlier or an exemplar?

    Ever eager to point out exemplars, the World Bank this week made a point of praising Mexico as one of the few countries...

  35. June 12, 2014

    Wall St hit by Iraq worries and soft data

    Thursday 21:00 BST. A rising tide of risk aversion left equities under pressure and top-tier government bonds higher, as US...

  36. FT Alphaville

    June 11, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville reminder: Now with a robot lottery. (Details here) Markets: Asia-Pacific markets were mixed as global...

  37. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2014

    Big risks still stalk EM markets, says World Bank

    Several big risks – including China’s cooling property market, instability in Ukraine and the prospect of tighter global...

  38. FT Data

    June 6, 2014

    Open data in Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso, which has gross domestic product per capita of about $700 (just under $1600 in purchasing power parity...

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