Through 30 April 2019, explore Nature Sustainability!
Nature Sustainability is an online-only monthly journal from the publishers of Nature, showcasing peer-reviewed research on sustainability in the fields of natural and social sciences, engineering, and environmental policy.
Also through 30 April 2019, Brill is offering a trial of the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law!
An annual publication from the Max Planck Institute, with funding from the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the yearbook is divided into three parts: Law and Practice of the United Nations (legal fundamentals of the UN, agencies, and programmes); Legal Issues Related to the Goals of the United Nations; and an overview of key developments in the UN for a given reporting year. This trial covers all volumes published since 1997.
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La ayuda para el comercio en síntesis 2017 : fomentar el comercio, la inclusión y la conectividad en favor del desarrollo sostenible / Organización Mundial del Comercio y Organización de Cooperación y Desarrollo Económicos.
Panorama de l’aide pour le commerce 2017 : promouvoir le commerce, l’inclusion et la connectivité pour un développement durable / Organisation mondiale du commerce et Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques.
“Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure?”
The World Bank has launched the 2017 edition of their World Development Report. World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law addresses the above questions about policies and policymaking issues linked closely to development.
This publication looks at the challenge of making global value chains more ‘inclusive’ by overcoming participation constraints for small and medium enterprises and facilitating access for low-income developing countries. The findings of this report were presented at the annual ministerial meeting on 6 October 2015.
The Little Green Data Book 2015 is a pocket-sized ready reference on key environmental data for over 200 countries. Key indicators are organized under the headings of agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, oceans, energy, emission and pollution, and water and sanitation. For the third year, The Little Green Data Book presents a new set of ocean-related indicators, highlighting the role of oceans in economic development.
Full-text of the book is available in PDF, by chapter or in its entirety, through a subscription to the World Bank eLibrary.
Alexandre Marc, Neelam Verjee and Stephen Mogaka. (2015) The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa. Washington, DC: World Bank. [doi]
Since independence, the West African sub-region has been an arena for a number of large-scale conflicts and civil wars, as well as simmering and low-intensity uprisings. Contrary to perceptions, West Africa in its post-independence history has experienced fewer conflict events and fatalities from conflict than the other sub-regions on the continent. The turn of the millennium has witnessed the recession of large-scale and conventional conflict, and it has ushered in new and emerging threats. The specters of religious extremism, maritime piracy, and narcotics trafficking threaten to undermine some of the progress achieved in recent years. The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa critically examines the key drivers of conflict and violence, and the way in which they impact the countries of the sub-region. In addition to emerging threats, these drivers include the challenges of youth inclusion, migration, sub-regional imbalances, and extractives, as well as challenges related to the fragility of political institutions and managing the competition for power, reform of the security sector, and weakness of institutions related to land management. The book explores how the sub-region, under the auspices of the regional organization ECOWAS, has become a pioneer on the continent in terms of addressing regional challenges. The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa also identifies key lessons in the dynamics of resilience in the face of political violence and civil war drawn from Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, that can be useful for countries around the world in similar situations. It incorporates knowledge and findings from leading experts and provides insights from academics and development practitioners. Finally, the book identifies possible policy and programmatic responses and directions for policy dialogue at the national and international levels.
Full-text of this publication is available in PDF through a subscription to the World Bank eLibrary.
For Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic-Central America-free trade agreement (CAFTA-DR) has been more than a trade agreement. Costa Rica has used trade liberalization and promotion of international trade as a core development strategy for decades. CAFTA-DR consolidated benefits that had previously been unilaterally extended under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) into a multilateral FTA, providing a much more stable environment for trade relationships. Beyond just being a trade agreement, CAFTA-DR brought about the opening of state monopolies in telecommunications and insurance, which polarized the country. No other trade agreement has generated as much controversy as this one about the potential impacts on the economy. Following a referendum with a small margin in favor of the agreement, Costa Rica was the last member country to ratify CAFTA-DR in 2009. Given the controversy at the time, the current study takes stock of the early impacts of CAFTA-DR during the five years since its ratification, addresses the following questions: What actual changes did the agreement bring about and what was their context? What was the impact of those changes on trade and FDI flows? How have the high tech, insurance, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical sectors been impacted?
Full-text of the publication is available in PDF, by chapter and in its entirety, through a subscription to the World Bank eLibrary.