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The first comprehensive comparison of cross-country environmental composite indicators evaluates their conceptual and methodological strengths and weaknesses. The study also assesses how useful these environmental indices are in the context of developing countries.
In the context of high levels of violence, El Salvador and the Philippines have had relatively successful democratization processes. But despite decades of external institutional support, these countries have not yet achieved peace nor fully consolidated democracy.
Burchi, Francesco (2013)
Discussion Paper, 23/2013
The paper shows that a 10% increase in women’s political agency in Indian districts causes a 5.9% increase in primary school completion rates. Moreover, the effect is significantly higher for girls than boys. This should be considered in the current discussion about the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Wennubst, Pio / Timo Casjen Mahn (2013)
Discussion Paper, 22/2013
What is the future role of the United Nations development system, how will it function and what are the necessary means? This paper proposes a system-wide strategy and “quiet revolution” reforms to position the UN development system for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
A core element of the international policy response to the crisis has been to strengthen the macroprudential orientation of financial market regulation. Macroprudential policies stand for enhanced regulatory focus on systemic risks in the financial system and their repercussions for the macroeconomy.
Only few micro and small enterprises succeed to upgrade in low and middle income countries - and these tend to be the privileged ones: Most of them are owned by people with above-average education, financial reserves, good personal and business networks, motivation and readiness to take risks.