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xi, 303 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Think again, again
  • A billion hungry people?
  • Low-hanging fruit for better (global) health?
  • Top of the class
  • Pak Sudarno's big family
  • Barefoot hedge-fund managers
  • The men from Kabul and the eunuchs of India : the (not so) simple economics of lending to the poor
  • Saving brick by brick
  • Reluctant entrepreneurs
  • Policies, politics.
This title comes from the award-winning founders of the unique and remarkable Abdul Latfi Jameel Poverty Action Laboratory at MIT, a transformative reappraisal of the world of the extreme poor, their lives, desires and frustrations. Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs are dedicated to helping the world's poor. But much of the work they do is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, flat out harmful misperceptions at worst. Banerjee and Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab at MIT, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work transforms certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low. Throughout, the authors emphasize that life for the poor is simply not like life for everyone else: it is a much more perilous adventure, denied many of the cushions and advantages that are routinely provided to the more affluent: if they do not have a piped water supply the poor cannot benefit from chlorination; if they cannot afford ready-made breakfast cereals they cannot gain the enriched vitamins and other nutrients; they are routinely denied access to markets; and, they get negative interest rates on their savings, while exorbitant rates are charged on their loans. The daily stress of poverty discourages long-term thinking and often leads to bad decision-making. Add to that the fact the poor are routinely denied the information that might help them manage the nightmarish predicament that in most cases they are born into through no fault of their own. Bannerjee and Duflo are practical visionaries whose meticulous work offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781586487980 20160605
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-5103-01, LAW-5103-02
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xiii, 435 p. ; 24 cm.
An intensive global search is on for "the rule of law", the holy grail of good governance, which has led to a dramatic increase in judicial reform activities in developing countries. This work examines the standard methods of legal and judicial reform.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780804748025 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-5017-01, LAW-5103-01, LAW-5103-02, LAW-8011-01, LAW-8011-01
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xxiii, 260 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Laws and Developments-- Representing the Butterfly: Contributions from Economic Theory to Understanding Decision Making in a Regulatory Environment-- Juridifying Gender Justice-- Shifting Models of Law and Development-- Patents and Health in Developing Countries-- International Competition Law and Policy-- Technical Assistance and Trade Law Reform Post-Doha-- The OECD and Tax Competition-- International Courts and the Application of the Concept of Sustainable Development-- Legality and Legitimacy in the Kazakhstani Legislative Process-- Constitutional Options for a Constitutional Settlement of the Sri Lanken Ethnic Problem-- Lessons from South Africa and Some Thoughts for Nigeria-- The Singapore Model of Law and Development-- The Role of the Judiciary and Statutory Tribunals in Environmental Litigation in Hong Kong-- Human Rights-- Women in the Democratic Process in Uganda-- Good Governance as a Critical Aspect of Human Rights for Sustainable Development-- An Indian Perspective on the Role of Law and the Development Paradigm.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781859417980 20160527
This new book is an edited collection of papers arising from a conference on Law and Development in the 21st Century held in 2001. It is in honour of the work of Dr Peter Slinn. It draws together the lessons and challenges faced in relation to law and development in the 21st century, with particular reference to the concerns of Commonwealth states. It addresses practical and theoretical aspects of law and economic, social and political development at national and international levels. Students, academics and practitioners in the fields of law and development, development studies and public administration will find this book of interest.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781859417980 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-5103-01, LAW-5103-02