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Does the World Bank foster business ? (English)

This study investigates the impact of World Bank development policy loans on the ease of doing business. It finds that the cumulative number of development policy loans enhances business climate, especially for less developed countries and when combined with an International Monetary Fund assistance program. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8047 APR 28, 2017

Giordano,Raffaela; Pagano,Patrizio Disclosed

Do private water utility operators care about regulatory agencies in developing countries ? (English)

This paper shows that the creation of an independent regulatory agency is often not a necessary or sufficient condition to help attract private participation in the operation and financing of the water and sanitation sector in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8045 APR 26, 2017

Bertomeu Sanchez,Salvador; Camos Daurella,Daniel; Estache,Antonio Disclosed

Financial inclusion and inclusive growth : a review of recent empirical evidence (English)

There is growing evidence that appropriate financial services have substantial benefits for consumers, especially women and poor adults. This paper provides an overview of financial inclusion around the world and reviews the recent empirical evidence on how the use of financial products -- such as payments services, savings accounts, loans, and insurance -- can contribute to inclusive growth and economic development. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8040 APR 25, 2017

Demirguc-Kunt,Asli; Klapper,Leora; Singer,Dorothe Disclosed

Tobacco taxation in the European Union : an overview (English)

The European Union has a long experience in tobacco tax harmonization, which provides useful lessons learned. In the European Union, tobacco tax harmonization took place in stages, and currently all Member States have agreed upon definitions, tax base, and minimum excise duty rates for all product categories of manufactured tobacco. ... See More +

Working Paper 114324 APR 25, 2017

Bouw, Annerie Disclosed

Statement by H.E. Arun Jaitley at the 95th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017 (English)

This is a statement by H.E. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defense, at the ninety-fifth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 114564 APR 22, 2017

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Statement by Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin at the 95th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017 (English)

This is a statement by Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury at the ninety-fifth meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017. ... See More +

Board Report 114576 APR 22, 2017

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Entry and exit, multi-product firms, and allocative distortions (English)

This paper proposes a multi-product model of firm dynamics to understand the implications of allocative distortions for the decisions of firms to enter, exit, and supply products to the market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8023 APR 04, 2017

Fattal Jaef,Roberto N. Disclosed

The PASET regional benchmarking initiative to strengthen African universities (English)

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced remarkable gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the last decade. However, it lacks the highly skilled human capital needed to take this vibrant growth to the next level. ... See More +

Brief 105382 APR 01, 2017

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Burundi - Coffee Sector Competitiveness Project : implementation support mission - 13-27 February, 2017 (French)

Aide Memoire 113888 MAR 28, 2017

Jenane,Chakib Disclosed

Nigeria - Economic Transformation Project (English)

Program Information Document 113656 MAR 21, 2017

Jaffrin,Guillemette Sidonie Disclosed

Vietnam - Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Projects (English)

The objectives of the Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Projects for Vietnam are to: (i) increase the production efficiency of household-based livestock producers; (ii) reduce the environmental impact of livestock production, processing and marketing; and (iii) improve food safety in livestock product supply chains in selected provinces. ... See More +

Inspection Panel Notice of Registration 114025 MAR 21, 2017

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Rwanda - Performance and learning review of the country partnership strategy for the period of FY14 - FY18 (English)

The CPS supports the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR) second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2), the country’s National Development Plan. ... See More +

Country Assistance Strategy Document 106731 MAR 20, 2017

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Tajikistan - Private Sector Competitiveness Project : procurement plan (English)

Procurement Plan 113276 MAR 10, 2017

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Lesotho - Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project : additional financing and restructuring (English)

The development objective of the Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project is to contribute to the development of selected non-textile sectors resulting in increased private sector investment, firm growth and job creation.The restructuring and AF will provide additional support to the three original components, as well assupport a new subcomponent on trade facilitation and logistics. ... See More +

Project Paper PAD2007 MAR 07, 2017

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Growing markets through business training for female entrepreneurs : a market-level randomized experiment in Kenya (English)

A common concern with efforts to directly help some small businesses to grow is that their growth comes at the expense of their unassisted competitors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7993 MAR 03, 2017

Mckenzie,David J.; Puerto,Susana Disclosed

Health impact and effectiveness of distribution models for plastic latrine slabs in Kenya (English)

Brief 113227 MAR 01, 2017

Disclosed

Board standing committees membership : term of membership - November 1, 2016 thru October 31, 2018 (English)

Board Report 113093 FEB 28, 2017

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Niger - Investment Climate and Competiveness Support Project (English)

The development objective of the Investment Climate and Competiveness Support Project for Niger is to improve critical elements of investment climate for the private sector and enhance competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in selected agriculture value chain. ... See More +

Project Appraisal Document PAD1459 FEB 27, 2017

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Paraguay - Performance and learning review of the country partnership strategy for the period FY15-FY18 (English)

This Performance and Learning Review (PLR) makes an assessment of the progress toward achieving the objectives of the Paraguay Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for the period FY15-FY18. ... See More +

Country Assistance Strategy Document 113123 FEB 27, 2017

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Does the World Bank foster business ? (English)
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APR 28, 2017 WPS8047 Policy Research Working Paper
Do private water utility operators care about regulatory agencies in developing countries ? (English)
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APR 26, 2017 WPS8045 Policy Research Working Paper
Financial inclusion and inclusive growth : a review of recent empirical evidence (English)
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APR 25, 2017 WPS8040 Policy Research Working Paper
Tobacco taxation in the European Union : an overview (English)
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APR 25, 2017 114324 Working Paper
Statement by H.E. Arun Jaitley at the 95th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017 (English)
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APR 22, 2017 114564 Board Report
Statement by Mr. Steven T. Mnuchin at the 95th meeting of the Development Committee held on April 22, 2017 (English)
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APR 22, 2017 114576 Board Report
Entry and exit, multi-product firms, and allocative distortions (English)
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APR 04, 2017 WPS8023 Policy Research Working Paper
The PASET regional benchmarking initiative to strengthen African universities (English)
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APR 01, 2017 105382 Brief
Burundi - Coffee Sector Competitiveness Project : implementation support mission - 13-27 February, 2017 (French)
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MAR 28, 2017 113888 Aide Memoire
Nigeria - Economic Transformation Project (English)
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MAR 21, 2017 113656 Program Information Document
Vietnam - Livestock Competitiveness and Food Safety Projects (English)
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MAR 21, 2017 114025 Inspection Panel Notice of Registration
Rwanda - Performance and learning review of the country partnership strategy for the period of FY14 - FY18 (English)
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MAR 20, 2017 106731 Country Assistance Strategy Document
Tajikistan - Private Sector Competitiveness Project : procurement plan (English)
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MAR 10, 2017 113276 Procurement Plan
Lesotho - Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project : additional financing and restructuring (English)
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MAR 07, 2017 PAD2007 Project Paper
Growing markets through business training for female entrepreneurs : a market-level randomized experiment in Kenya (English)
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MAR 03, 2017 WPS7993 Policy Research Working Paper
Health impact and effectiveness of distribution models for plastic latrine slabs in Kenya (English)
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MAR 01, 2017 113227 Brief
Republic of Cote d’Ivoire - Infrastructure for Urban Development and Competitiveness of Secondary Economic Agglomerations in Ivory Coast Project : environmental assessment : Plan de gestion des pestes (French)
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MAR 01, 2017 SFG3227 Environmental Assessment
Board standing committees membership : term of membership - November 1, 2016 thru October 31, 2018 (English)
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FEB 28, 2017 113093 Board Report
Niger - Investment Climate and Competiveness Support Project (English)
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FEB 27, 2017 PAD1459 Project Appraisal Document
Paraguay - Performance and learning review of the country partnership strategy for the period FY15-FY18 (English)
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FEB 27, 2017 113123 Country Assistance Strategy Document