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  • Report  |   January 2018

    Transport Corridors and Their Wider Economic Benefits: A Critical Review of the Literature

    Author(s): Roberts, Mark ; Bougna, Theophile ; Melecky, Martin ; Xu, Yan

    Transport corridors can generate wider economic benefits and costs through their effects on a potentially diverse set of development outcomes, such as economic growth, poverty, jobs, equity, environmental quality, and economic resilience. To advance understanding of how corridors could generate wider economic benefits, this paper undertakes a...

  • Report  |   2015

    Introduction: Borders, Informality, International Trade and Customs

    Author(s): Cantens, Thomas ; Ireland, Robert ; Raballand, Gael

    This special issue deals with the “informal” cross-border trade in goods. Trading goods is an original human activity that precedes borders (Renfrew 1969). With the rise of nation-stateswith demarcated political boundaries, trade that crosses borders became regulated by government institutions such as Customs, with tariffs, quotas, or outright...

  • Report  |   2009

    IFC Advisory Services in Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons from Our Work in Infrastructure, Health and Education

    Author(s): Amoako, Brigid ; Bea, Sylvestre ; Beloe, William Trant ; Cariaga, Arturo Doria ; Faustino Coelho, Carla M. N. ; Fernando-Pacua, Marianna Alfa ; Ferozie, Muneer A. ; Flores, Juan-Luis ; Gupta, Neeraj ; Hodges, John T. ; Leroy-Themeze, Claude M.L. ; Mehra, Neha ; Morley, James ; O'Farrell, Catherine C. ; Onoka, Jane ; Prevost, Christophe ; Progri, Ariana ; Sevilla, Jed A. ; Sobek, Martin ; Taylor, Robert

    This IFC SmartBook is a compilation of twelve IFC SmartLessons published between February and November and 2009 that focuses on the topic of conflict-affected countries. IFC Advisory Services in Public-Private Partnerships helps governments implement public-private partnership transactions and expand private-sector participation to increase the...

  • Report  |   2018

    Biodiversity Conservation Should Be A Core Value of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

    Author(s): Lechner, Alex Mark ; Chan, Faith ; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa

    This article highlights what the authors describe as the potentially disastrous consequences for biodiversity and calls for BRI to put biodiversity conservation at the heart of its core values—not as an after- thought. The authors suggest that BRI could, for instance, implement a network of protected areas and wildlife corridors across Eurasia....

  • Report  |   May 2018

    Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

    Author(s): Wong, Jonathan ; Wong, Tengfei

    As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a revolution defined by frontier technological breakthroughs such as AI, robotics, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things amongst others, it will be critical that these technologies work for society and the environment as well as the economy if we are to achieve the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for...

  • Report  |   2014

    Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Economy 2014: Regional Integration and Value Chains in a Challenging External Environment

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

    The 2014 edition of Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Economy: Regional integration and value chains amid challenging external conditions has four chapters. Chapter I examines the main features of the international context and their repercussions for world and regional trade. Chapter II looks at Latin American and Caribbean...

  • Report  |   2014

    ICTs for Regional Trade and Integration in Africa

    Author(s): Souter, David ; Adam, Lishan ; Jagun, Abiodun ; Tusubira, Tusu

    Trade is critically important to Africa's economic prospects, as a source of revenue, investment and employment, yet Africa's trade is highly fragmented and the weakness of its trade performance constrains growth and poverty reduction. Africa today generates only about 2.5-3.5 per cent of world trade. African countries mostly export...

  • Report  |   2010

    Enhancing Regional Integration of Landlocked Developing Countries in North and Central Asia Through Infrastructure Connectivity

    Author(s): Handjiski, Borko ; Lucas, Robert ; Martin, Philip ; Guerin, Selen Sarisoy

    Countries of the Southeast Europe (SEE) region have witnessed significant economic improvement since the beginning of their transition to market economies in the early 1990s. Growth has been particularly strong in the past six years, but still lower than in other fast growing countries in the East Asia and Baltic regions, or some of the other new...

  • Report  |   2011

    Africa's ICT Infrastructure: Building on the Mobile Revolution

    Author(s): Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia M. ; Foster, Vivien ; Mayer, Rebecca ; Minges, Michael ; Williams, Mark D. J.

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a remarkable success in Africa. Across the continent, the availability and quality of service have gone up and the cost has gone down. In just 10 years dating from the end of the 1990s mobile network coverage rose from 16 percent to 90 percent of the urban population; by 2009, rural...

  • Report  |   2011

    Airport Economics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Bench Marking, Regulation, and Pricing

    Author(s): Serebrisky, Tomas

    This report presents the findings of a first-ever, comprehensive study of how Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region airports have evolved during a notable period of transition in airport ownership. It is an unbiased, positive analysis of what happened, rather than a normative analysis of what should be done to reform and to attract private...

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