Monday, February 25, 2008
It is here. Check out Panel Two: Detailed Data for heavier numbers.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Here is the FAO search engine, which can query by country, sectors, region and different traits.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
150 million migrants worldwide sent more than US$300 billion to their families in developing countries during 2006, says the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
IFAD has become a leading knowledge base in the field of immigrants and the amount of remmitances they send home to their home countries. For example, an IFAD report found that the 30 million strong African Diaspora sent home more than $40 billion back to the continent in 2006. This money has become a significant form of development. In some countries, like Gambia and Mali, remittances make up more than 10 percent of the country’s GDP.
The report is called Sending Money Home and can be found here.
IFAD also organized what is called the Remittance Forum, which talks about the issues surrounding remitting money.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Some useful background information on the West African Power Pool group. Info from the U.S. government.
Here is a series of discussion papers from the World Bank. This one, Reforming Power Markets in Developing Countries: What have we learned?, provides a good overview on the lack of state reforms in the energy sector. It's long.
Here is the main link to a workshop that took place in Kenya titled "Electricity Access and Development Challenge in Africa." A few outtakes: The role of Energy in Achieving MDGs; A perspective from the African Energy Industry; Energy reform and the poor.
A magazine article on importance of energy to development.
Using GIS technology, they also create pretty cool maps.
Here is the link. (PDF)
Friday, January 25, 2008
Here's a link to documents for the 2007 version.
Here's a direct link to the Index.
From the website of Transparency International:
The 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index looks at perceptions of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories - the greatest country coverage of any CPI to date – and is a composite index that draws on 14 expert opinion surveys. It scores countries on a scale from zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and ten indicating low levels of perceived corruption.
One caveat: The Index is always two years behind.
The man who brought us the company Celtel (this is not a paid announcement) and the Ibrahim Prize for Good Governance.
All in all, a very handy device.
Here is the link.
It is located here.