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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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  • Bihar: Transformation from a Dysfunctional to a Redistributive State

    Confronted by set of deeply entrenched obstacles, the government of Bihar adopted a carefully structured approach to state-building. In this paper we assess the measures it took to consolidate the rule of law, build key infrastructure, deliver services, grow revenues and expenditure, and improve bureaucratic function. We explain and assess how these individual approaches combined.. Read more

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  • A Framework for a New Silk Road in Asia Report 2

    Just as ancient transcontinental trade networks generated prosperity, security and political stability in Asia, a 21st-century Silk Road could secure Asia’s future. The Asian continent is undergoing a great economic transformation that presents tremendous opportunities for all countries in the region. At present, however, regional tensions mean that this potential is not being harnessed. Without.. Read more

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  • A Framework for a New Silk Road in Asia Report 1

    The old Silk Road was not only a fixed route, but a constellation of rules, agreements, relationships and institutions that created an integrated economic and political system across Asia. The New Silk Road should similarly consist of much more than just physical infrastructure. A New Silk Road represents a path towards ending the long wars.. Read more

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