Ukraine’s People Have Spoken; Now The West Must Rise To The Occasion

Ukraine’s Maidan movement, the choice of President Petro Poroshenko last spring, and this past Sunday’s election of the most pro-European parliament in its history offers the West an historic opportunity.  With Sunday’s decisive outcome, the U.S. and Europe need to offer Ukraine assistance through the IMF and other aid channels, a medium term fix for Ukrainian and …

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Development Finance Institutions Come of Age

Bangladesh now has 117.6 million mobile phone users, and Afghanistan has 21.6 million - both upwards of 70 percent of the population.  Fifteen years ago there were essentially no cell users in either of these countries, yet a handful of entrepreneurs and investors in each decided they could create a telecom market in the heart of the developing …

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EITI’s Silent Revolution

n 2013, global mining revenues were an estimated $731 billion, or about five and a half times total annual official development assistance (ODA).  A huge portion of this mining activity is taking place in the developing world.  In Africa, 51 of 54 countries have ongoing or planned oil and gas exploration operations, and export data from 2010 indicates that about fifty …

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