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Broadband Strategies Handbook (World Bank Publications)
Broadband Strategies Handbook (World Bank Publications)

The world is shifting from narrowband to broadband. Services that were only available in the form of static, text-based websites a decade ago are now offered in full-motion, high-definition video. A whole new generation of Internet entrepreneurs is ready to take their ideas to the stock market.

Nevertheless, a gap remains between...

Poverty in Guatemala
Poverty in Guatemala
Poverty in Guatemala is part of the World Bank Country Study series. These reports are published with the approval of the subject government to communicate the results of the Bank's work on the economic and related conditions of member countries to governments and to the development community. This report is part of a collaborative multi-year...
Education in Rwanda: Rebalancing Resources to Accelerate Post-Conflict Development and Poverty Reduction (World Bank Country Study)
Education in Rwanda: Rebalancing Resources to Accelerate Post-Conflict Development and Poverty Reduction (World Bank Country Study)
Ten years after the 1994 genocide in which an estimated 10 percent of the country’s population perished, Rwanda’s devastated education system is now back on its feet. Classrooms have been repaired and new ones built; teachers who fled the mayhem have been reintegrated into the teaching force; arrears in teacher pay have been cleared up;...
The Power of Survey Design: A User's Guide for Managing Surveys, Interpreting Results, and Influencing Respondents
The Power of Survey Design: A User's Guide for Managing Surveys, Interpreting Results, and Influencing Respondents
Are you in favor of financial incentives for poor countries?" If this question were asked in a survey many would be inclined to agree. Yet the result of this poll would be different if the question asked was "Are you in favor of subsidies for poor countries?" This is a simple example of how one single word, incentives or subsidies,...
Financing Information and Communication Infrastructure Needs in the Developing World: Public and Private Roles
Financing Information and Communication Infrastructure Needs in the Developing World: Public and Private Roles
Over the past ten years, private-sector-led growth has revolutionized access to telecommunications. Every region of the developing world benefitted in terms of investment and rollout. This revolution would have been impossible without government reform and oversight. Advanced information and communication infrastructure (ICI) are increasingly...
Cities in a Globalizing World: Governance, Performance, And Sustainability (Wbi Learning Resources Series)
Cities in a Globalizing World: Governance, Performance, And Sustainability (Wbi Learning Resources Series)
World Bank research shows that in 2003, 48 percent of the world’s population (3 billion people) lived in urban areas—a 33 percent increase from the 1990 level. By 2020, 4.1 billion people (55 percent of the world’s population) will live in urban areas. Almost 94 percent of the increase will occur in developing countries. By 2015,...
Doing Business in 2005: Obstacles to Growth
Doing Business in 2005: Obstacles to Growth
Doing Business in 2005: Obstacles to Growth is the second in a series of annual reports investigating the scope and manner of regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. New quantitative indicators on business regulations and their enforcement can be compared across more than 130 countries, and over time. The indicators...
A Model for Calculating Interconnection Costs in Telecommunications
A Model for Calculating Interconnection Costs in Telecommunications
The liberalization of the telecommunications markets in Sub-Saharan Africa led to increased competition on the provision and pricing of communication services. But, due to the lack of appropriate regulatory tools, newly established regulators are poorly equipped to arbitrate increasing interconnection disputes between competing operators.
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Telecommunications Challenges In Developing Countries: Asymmetric Interconnection Charges For Rural Areas
Telecommunications Challenges In Developing Countries: Asymmetric Interconnection Charges For Rural Areas
Telecommunications Challenges in Developing Countries addresses an important aspect of interconnection—the settings of call termination charges. In rural telecommunications, network costs are known to be high. The traditional consensus has been that many rural areas cannot be connected without subsidies. This paper investigates the...
Competitive Voucher Schemes in Health: A Toolkit
Competitive Voucher Schemes in Health: A Toolkit
A Guide to Competitive Vouchers in Health provides a broad outline of the problems health systems face, the rationale behind government intervention particularly in the form of subsidies, and the different ways that governments and donors subsidize health care.

The guide provides readers with an understanding of the concept of competitive...

Access to Financial Services in Brazil
Access to Financial Services in Brazil
There has been a growing awareness worldwide that financial exclusion reduces the potential welfare of individuals and the productivity of enterprises in an economy. This study focuses on the delivery of financial services to one of the world’s most important emerging financial markets, Brazil.

Despite concerns regarding diminishing bank...

AIDS in South Asia: Understanding And Responding to a Heterogenous Epidemic (Health, Nutrition, and Population Series)
AIDS in South Asia: Understanding And Responding to a Heterogenous Epidemic (Health, Nutrition, and Population Series)

South Asia's HIV epidemic is highly heterogeneous. As a result, informed, prioritized, and effective responses necessitate an understanding of the epidemic diversity between and within countries. Further spread of HIV in South Asia is preventable. The future size of South Asia's epidemic will depend on an effective two-pronged...

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