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Jenny Lanjouw

jlw.jpgJenny Lanjouw, a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development, died on Tuesday.
Jenny was an inspiration and a friend. She fought poverty with passion and a brilliant mind. One of her legacies will be her ingenious proposal to increase access to drugs in developing countries.

The Politics of Food Aid

Andrew Natsios, the Administrator of USAID, put the politics of US food aid back on the agenda when he proposed converting a quarter of the food aid budget to cash instead of directly procuring commodities in the US. For 50 years, the farm bloc, large multinational food processors, the US shipping industry, and charitable organizations engaged in relief and development activities in poor countries have supported generous funding for America’s food aid program.

What does blogging have to do with development?

When I suggested that the World Bank launch a blog on remittances a couple of years ago, friends there asked: “what does blogging have to do with development?” Today the answer might go something like this: “What do telephones, fax machines, e-mail and websites have to do with development?” Answer: “like blogs, they are part of the 21st Century communications tool kit. We decide which to use depending on what we want to achieve.”

Poverty and the Social Sectors: The World Bank in Pakistan 1990-2003

This report by Nancy Birdsall, Adeel Malik and Milan Vaishnav was prepared for the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. The report focuses on the role of the World Bank in support of poverty reduction during the period beginning in 1990 and concluding in 2003. It reviews and discusses the Bank's analytic work and its efforts to bring change through policy dialogue and lending programs.

A buyback to resolve Nigeria's debt problem

Debt relief and African poverty are firmly on this year’s global agenda, most recently from the Tony Blair-sponsored Africa Commission. But little attention is going to the big elephant in the room: Nigeria.

Even with its oil wealth, Nigeria’s debt burden is enormous given its huge population of 130 million and its extreme poverty—average income is just $330 per year. Increasingly vital to Western energy security, Nigeria is also a worrying source of transnational security threats, including Islamic radicalism, disease, drug trafficking, and international crime.

Effective Economic Growth for People: The Role of the United States

Political stability and sound domestic economic policies are the main ingredients in making development possible, according to William R. Cline, joint fellow of the Center for Global Development and the Institute for International Economics. In a presentation to the Society for International Development on December 12, 2004 Cline suggested three areas the U.S. should focus on in order to increase global development and reduce poverty.


How much does the U.S. help?

Why did a U.N. official’s remark soon after the tsunami hit that rich countries are “stingy” stir such a furor in the U.S.? We are a thick-skinned people, inventors of “Crossfire” and the NFL, led by a president who takes pride in disregarding foreign opinion. Yet even though Jan Egeland, the U.N. point person for disaster relief, did not single out the U.S., his words hit a raw nerve.