Friday, June 22, 2012
The much anticipated UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, is finishing up today. Watch the live webcast and visit Zunia for access to all the discussions and content that have surrounded the conference.
Seth Kaplan, a contributor to the Global Dashboard blog, discusses the difference between fragile states and transition countries and how development strategies should vary accordingly.
The popularity of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for development continues to grow. The IFC recently held a conference to bring together over one hundred government officials and private sector representatives to discuss how to increase the number of PPPs in water services, and learn from past successes and failures. The Kenyan minister of finances plans to submit to Parliament his draft of a Public-Private Partnership Bill which would provide a framework for how PPPs would be governed within the country. Rajiv Shah, the head of USAID, touted PPPs during the Frontiers in Development conference and then again following the conference in an interview with Forbes magazine. A new Roland Berger study urges private investors to shed long-held assumptions about investing in emerging and developing countries and recognize the great opportunities these countries offer.