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Anatomy of the Somali Economy

This survey considers the Somali economy’s primary sectors and analyzes the potential of new and growing sectors. It breaks down the economy both by sector and geographically to reveal a deeper understanding of constraints and…

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Country Profile: Yemen

ISE advised the Yemen National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and facilitated a conference on navigating Yemen’s transition. This paper surveys the most significant elements of Yemen’s current situation: economy; natural resources; governance and administration; rule of…

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment sets countries’ opportunities and constraints. High-quality infrastructure production and ongoing maintenance is vital for the security, economic growth and livelihoods of citizens. Worldwide, inadequate delivery of quality infrastructure impedes nations at all levels…

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Preparing for a Syrian Transition: Trust Funds

This note considers the application of a multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) to a possible Syrian transition. Firstly, it considers how an MDTF could act as the primary funding mechanism for short-term emergency support. Secondly, it…

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Economic Tools Mapping: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Impediments to foreign direct investment are a key constraint for developing countries seeking economic growth and poverty reduction. For many developing countries, political risk is one of the most significant impediments within this category. The…

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State Function: Market Engagement, Infrastructure
Insight & Analysis: Market Building
Topic: International Development Finance
Publication Type: Economic Tools
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…

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Himachal Pradesh: Understanding State-Level Transition 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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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