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View Resource Debt Relief Remains at Center Stage in G-8 Summit

Leaders of the seven largest industrial nations were sharply criticized at the start of their annual economic summit, held this year in Okinawa, for not following through on last year's pledge to write off $100 billion of the $260 billion owed to the West by the most indebted states. Most of the opening discussions have focused on how the debt forgiveness process might be sped up or at least how...
View Resource Aid Effectiveness Research: Assessing Aid

The latest in a series of World Bank Policy Research Reports, this major new report summarizes the findings of a multi-year research program on aid effectiveness. The 1990s has seen official Development Assistance fall by one-third in real terms. One of the reasons for this has been "a sense that aid does not work very well. Assessing Aid aims to understand when aid works and when it does not, so...
View Resource IMF Staff Country Reports in Full Text

The International Monetary Fund has begun to make selected staff country reports available (Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] format only). At present reports covering ten countries are available. The reports are in-depth studies that discuss such issues as recent economic developments and policies, poverty issues, banking systems, income developments and growth, among others. Topics covered vary by report. As...$V&404;http://prdwww-legac...
View Resource Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID)

Founded in 1974, the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) is an interdisciplinary center at Harvard University whose mission is to assist the economic growth of developing nations. Publications on-site include an extensive compilation of Development Discussion Papers (1974-present) with selected full text on agricultural and food policy, education, taxation, economic reform, and...
View Resource Centre for the Study of African Economies

A research center within the Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) applies macroeconomic and microeconomic methods to African sociological, demographic, and political contexts. Selected abstracts and working papers from 1993 to present are available on topics ranging from central bank policy to health, crop choice, wages,...
View Resource Debt Initiative for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC Initiative)

A joint project from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the Debt Initiative for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) consists of an outline for adjustment and reform programs sponsored by these two organizations. The Website contains the framework for the project, which targets the 41 most heavily indebted poor countries, and gives examples as to how the initiative will...$V&404;http://prdwww-legac...
View Resource The International Budget Project

The International Budget Project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities works with non-governmental organizations mainly in developing countries and new democracies "in their efforts both to analyze budget policies and to improve budget processes and institutions." This organization's Website is rich in resources including the comprehensive "A Guide to Budget Work," which spans the steps of...
View Resource Developing Countries: Debt Relief Initiative for Poor Countries Facing Challenges

Released in June 2000, this 184-page report from the General Accounting Office reviews the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. Originally undertaken by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in 1996 as a way of providing financial relief to the most indebted countries in the world, the initiative was enhanced in September 1999 as a response to the continuing vulnerability of...
View Resource The Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries: Brussels 14-20 May 2001

The Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries was held 14-20 May 2001 in Brussels. At the official site, visitors can access the full text of the declarations, programme of action, documents, and related publications. Also available are official statements, press releases, the conference program, and other information.
View Resource World Development Report 2002: Building Institutions for Markets

A carefully weighted, well-conceived document, the World Bank’s World Development Report 2002 (last mentioned in the October 5, 2000 Scout Report) discusses the viable options available to developing nations attempting to open their markets to the world and thereby better the circumstances of their peoples. Honestly recognizing that free market economies are not one-size-fits-all, the report...
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