Poverty Reduction

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Utility Provision: Contract Design in the Interest of the Poor

Access to basic utility services such as water, electricity and sanitation are essential for meeting internationally agreed development goals. For many of the world’s poorest people, however, these services remain unaffordable or unavailable. The losses in productivity and human potential are more

Trade for Poverty Reduction

This report examines how well trade policy and poverty reduction are integrated in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. It argues that although trade is figuring prominently in PRSPs, there is a lack of understanding as to how trade and poverty reduction strategies can be fully integrated to spread more


Reforming without Resourcing

Public water supply systems have increasingly been subject to commercialisation or corporatisation in the developing world. By reforming the public sector in the image of independent and self-sufficient private enterprises, the chief aim of commercialisation is to improve the efficiency of more


Aid for Trade and Human Development: A Guide to Conducting Aid for Trade Needs Assessment Excercises

This guide is designed to help policy makers, trade officials and researchers conduct needs assessment studies on trade and human development under the Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative conceived at the 2005 World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong. The AfT initiative is one more


Tariff Hikes with Low Investment: The Urban Water Sector in Zambia

According to current estimates, the MDG of halving the 1.1 billion people without access to safe drinking water by 2015 will only be achieved by 2040, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why will it take this long? Because tariffs are unaffordable and investments in infrastructure are extremely low. more


Lessons from the South African Electricity Crisis

South Africa is suffering an electricity crisis. Blackouts have been widespread and the impact disastrous. Electricity supply is predicted to constrain growth for at least the next five years. How could this have occurred when until recently South Africa had a surplus of cheap electricity? more


Equitable Access to Basic Services

Current practice in utility provision involves the following. Governments retain ownership and pay for capital investments, while privatising the operations and management of the companies. Does this modality guarantee equitable access to water and electricity services? more


Social Enterprise: A New Model for Poverty Reduction and Employment Generation

Social enterprises provide an innovative approach and are effective as poverty reduction agents that can contribute to the promotion of cohesive communities. This publication reviews the results of a two-year social enterprise study in Europe and the CIS. more


Low Skilled Workers and Bilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives

The lack of progress on trade in services through the movement of natural persons, particularly of low-skilled persons, under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) has been a matter of concern for Least Developed Countries. This paper attempts to understand how bilateral and unilateral more


Toward a Balanced Sui Generis Plant Variety Regime

The TRIPS Agreement requires members to provide intellectual property protection to plant varieties. This has potential impacts over farming practices in countries that have long depended on informal exchange of farm-saved seed and knowledge. In order to establish a balanced sui generis PVP regime, more

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