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  • Economic Tools Mapping: Overseas Private Investment Corporation

    The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s developmental finance arm, mobilizes private capital to simultaneously solve global challenges and advance US foreign policy. This note considers how OPIC helps US businesses unlock emerging and frontier markets and what financing, insurance instruments and mechanisms it uses to achieve this. This note reviews OPIC’s activities.. Read more

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  • Himachal Pradesh: Understanding State-Level Transition in in India

    How did Himachal Pradesh evolve to become one of India’s wealthiest states, with low poverty levels and above average literacy?  The prospect appeared unlikely when 30 princely Hill states merged to form a state characterized by subsistence farming and India’s lowest literacy rate. It now has a developed banking sector and India’s highest levels of.. Read more

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  • Economic Tools Mapping: Small Enterprise Assistance Funds

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets often struggle to attract capital, although SMEs typically generate countries’ largest source of employment, goods and services. Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) provides such enterprises with financing and business assistance for positive community development. While initial focus was Central and Eastern Europe, it later concentrated.. Read more

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  • Economic Tools Mapping: Special Economic Zones

    This note reviews special economic zones, the variety of fiscal and economic regimes that govern them, and the potential they offer governments. It considers how they can stimulate foreign investment, regional development, technology transfer, foreign exchange income and employment, as well as some less tangible benefits.  This note seeks to understand why local and national.. Read more

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  • Key Economic Tools

    This note proposes 29 economic tools, detailing the pros and cons of each, illustrated by successful examples. For each tool it also considers potential means of implementation, sequencing and recommends relevant implementation levels, e.g. village, district, province or state. The rationale for these tools is that in certain cases (we use Afghanistan by way of.. Read more

  • Economic Tools Mapping: Homestrings

    The Homestrings investment firm raises equity and debt capital to target emerging and frontier markets. It aims to offer diaspora populations from the developing world access to funds and projects with development potential that were previously only available to institutional investors.  

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  • New Models for Engaging in Fragile States

    Recommendations from the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Fragile States The citizens of fragile states are not waiting for change; they now take to the streets demanding inclusion in decision-making and marketplace opportunities. They need new models for creating accountable institutions, market-friendly environments and systems for social justice, security and prosperity. How can.. Read more

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