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Connecting Pension Funds with Emerging Market Infrastructure

It might sound improbable to hear a CFO say this, but I consider one of my roles since joining the World Bank Group to be that of matchmaker. Let me explain. As I have noted in other blogs over recent months, the world’s emerging market and developing economies—EMDEs for short—face an enormous gap in infrastructure investment. Certainly it is not the only big financing challenge that countries face as they work to reduce poverty and extend prosperity to more of their citizens. But infrastructure underpins many aspects of economic growth, getting people to jobs and schools, connecting goods to markets, reducing the isolation of the poorest areas in many countries

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Panama Canal expansion: A smart route for boosting infrastructure in Latin America

Since it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal has been one of the world’s most important trade assets and a marvel of engineering. Its expansion has doubled the canal’s cargo capacity, adding a new lane and bigger locks that will shake up shipping routes and make seaborne trade less costly and more efficient. Panama, already projected to be Latin America’s fastest-growing economy over the next five years, was the big winner when the expanded canal opened its locks on June 26. New port projects and related logistics hubs are in the works to attract global manufacturers and further enhance the country’s competitiveness.

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Public-private investment to close the infrastructure gap

In a world of slow growth and very low interest rates in most major economies, there is increasing interest in infrastructure development. Building quality infrastructure helps spur economic activity and jobs in the short term and expand countries’ capacity and potential growth in the medium term. It also contributes to higher confidence levels — a key ingredient to macroeconomic stability. Today, the private sector still provides only a small share of the total investment in infrastructure for emerging markets, despite the importance of private operators in many countries, especially where there are strong fiscal constraints to financing public investment.

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World Needs Strengthened Public Health Infrastructure, International Coordinating Agency,…

The Guardian: A global defense system to fight virus threats is urgently needed Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, and Trevor Mundel, president of the global health division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The world needs … systems to protect against epidemic and pandemic diseases. We need a fit body — a…More

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Health infrastructure gaps drive Ebola crisis

The picture depicts a grim scene – a derelict room in a clinic furnished by a cot and a bucket; a blood splatter on the floor. The blood, from an Ebola patient’s gastrointestinal hemorrhage , was there for days after that patient’s death, Rob Fowler said today during an IDWeek presentation. Fowler showed the picture […](Read more…)

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The Disruption of the “See-And-Treat” Paradigm: Cervical Cancer Prevention in LMICs

In recent years in global health, visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), or “the vinegar test,” has widely been heralded as a simple and cost-effective cervical Read More

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Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi

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Pakistan Problem: A Big Dam in Times of Small Development

By Alexis Sowa – At a recent CGD roundtable, water expert John Briscoe gave a whistle-stop tour of Pakistan’s water economy.  In a conversation framed by comments about Pakistan’s history of resilience and ingenuity, he laid out the compelling facts about Pakistan’s dire situation: ; Already one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, Pakistan is dependent on

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A Bold New Idea for Infrastructure in Africa

By Vijaya Ramachandran – This is a joint post with Julie Walz. It is no secret that Africa faces an infrastructure crisis.  The low-income economies of the region have fewer miles of paved roads and fewer modern freight and passenger-transport systems than any other region in the world.  Electricity is also highly unreliable; businesses in many African countries suffer

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Mobile Phone Appropriation in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

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French-Led G-20 Focuses on Infrastructure and Food Security for Development

By Kimberly Ann Elliott – Last Friday, I had the pleasure of co-chairing, with research fellow Ben Leo, a CGD event on the priorities and prospects of the G-20’s recently adopted development agenda. The two panels focused on African infrastructure and global food security, the central pillars of France’s development agenda for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Cannes. It’s encouraging

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Mobile Mapping for Rapid Field Assessment of Health Infrastructure in Indonesia

The rural population of eastern Indonesia generally has limited access to health services due to rugged topography, poor roads and limited health resources. Moreover, there are no comprehensive audits of health infrastructure at the district level resulting in poor coordination of health resource allocation. This project is using mobile field data collection techniques to identify gaps in health services to enable more effective and equitable delivery of scarce health resources to remote and poor regions.

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