August 2012

Sustainable water solutions provide investment opportunities: experts

The Huffington Post, 17 August, 2012
The informal sector — those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy — is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies. When informal firms move into the formal sector, they are able to create jobs, provide income, and assist in developing a nation’s economy.
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Africa’s poorest countries improving, report shows

Creamer Media, 17 August, 2012
The World Bank review of policies and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) indicates an improved policy environment for growth, as well as poverty reduction in 13 of the continent’s poorest countries.
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What Does the Informal Sector Mean for Global Economic Growth?

The Huffington Post, 17 August, 2012
The informal sector — those businesses and entrepreneurs who work outside of the formal market economy — is huge and largely undocumented in most developing economies. When informal firms move into the formal sector, they are able to create jobs, provide income, and assist in developing a nation’s economy.
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Government assisting SMEs development to reduce poverty

Pakistan Observer, 10 August, 2012
The Pakistan government has made strategic shift in its strategies to assist infrastructural development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in order to enhance productivity and exports of this particular sector to help reduce poverty in the country.
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ADB agrees $3.8b loan for Viet Nam

Viet Nam News, 10 August, 2012
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would lend Viet Nam US$3.8 billion to help promote socio-economic growth between 2013-15. About $2.6 billion would come from ordinary capital resources and $1.2 billion from concessional Asian Development Funds.
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UN launches sustainable development network to help find solutions to global problems

UN News Centre, 09 August, 2012
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organisations.
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Africa’s growth may rise to 7 percent a year by 2015

Business Recorder, 08 August, 2012
Africa’s growth could rise to 7 percent by the year 2015 Driven by a rush of investors attracted by its drive to improve its infrastructure, the head of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) in Africa said. Ranked as the poorest continent in the world, Africa has posted strong growth rates of about 5 percent in recent years, second only to Asia, drawing rising inward investment.
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