June 24, 2017

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Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

An evening in Dhaka Bangladesh. (Photo by mariusz kluzniak, CC License)

Whether Bangladesh succeeds in meeting its challenges will depend on its ability to improve its infrastructure and tax collection, its willingness to deal with governance and corruption, and to deepen economic inclusion. Few would, on the record of the last 20 years, bet against it. Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan Treaty on the Kabul River Basin?

The Kabul river flowing past Jalalabad. (image by Peretz Partensky, via thethirdpole.net)

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan would benefit from a treaty to manage the Kabul river basin, but deep mistrust, scaremongering, and a lack of preparation is damaging the chances. Read More »

Water Scarcity May Hit Economic Growth: World Bank

Climate change may seriously impact Pakistan in South Asia, which has poor water conservation record. (Photo by U.S. Embassy Pakistan, Creative Commons License)

The negative impacts of climate change on water could be neutralized with better policy decisions with some regions standing to improve their growth rates by up to 6 percent with better water resource management. Read More »

What the AIIB Can Learn from World Bank Shortcomings

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China pursuing the AIIB and other initiatives that do not include the US, while the TPP negotiations do not involve China, creates a risk of competing blocs and institutions. But the most likely outcome is that the world ends up with a more robust and inclusive set of institutions. Read More »

Dragon Power on Display

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With even U.S. allies scrambling to get on board the AIIB, China looks set to lead the global economy. Read More »

The Mixed Blessing of Asia’s Growing Middle Class

Dubai skyline. (Photo by felibrilu, Creative Commons License)

A growing middle class in Asia can mean more people lifted out of poverty and leading comfortable and productive lives. It can also mean more social inequality, more pollution, more congestion, and more loss of natural capital and public goods. Read More »

Causes and Consequences of Plunge in Oil Prices

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While volatility in oil markets will likely persist, prices are expected to remain soft over the next few years. The declining prices present a unique window of opportunity to reform inefficient fossil fuel subsidies everywhere, says a new World Bank estimate. Read More »

Asiaphoria or Asiaphobia?

Thousands of workers in this factory assembling and testing fiber optic systems. In many places of the Chinese economy, human labor replaces automation. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons License)

The rise of Asia might be better conceived as the re-emergence of a world in which population size and economic size are closely linked. The global diffusion of technology, and institutions, has given poor but populous countries an opportunity to catch up. Read More »

India, Nepal Sign Deal to Build Another Mega-dam

Nepal’s hydropower potential is estimated to be about 80,000 MW, of which only 700 MW has been exploited. (Photo by Global Water Partnership, via thethirdpole.net)

As Nepal signs a deal with India to build another 900 MW dam during the Indian prime minister’s visit to Kathmandu, concerns grow that the rush to develop hydropower is misguided Read More »

The Trouble With Statistics About Africa

Trucks lined along a highway in Abuja.

Bad and incomplete data bedevils African statistics. Seventeen African countries have not conducted a census in the past decade and five have not done so in 20 years. Read More »