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Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
June 2017
Vietnam
Eastern Asia
Oceania

Governance quality plays a key role in private sector development: competent bureaucrats not only create good policies and regulations, but also effectively implement them to shape the business environment. This paper exploit Vietnam’s decentralization of administrative tasks since the early 2000s to test this hypothesis.

Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
June 2017
Oceania
Caribbean

This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common understanding of the blue economy; to highlight the importance of such an approach, particularly for small island developing states and coastal least developed countries; to identify some of the key challenges its adoption poses; and to suggest some broad next steps

Reports & Research
June 2017
Philippines
Eastern Asia
Oceania

This report adds value because its inclusive approach of engaging with a broad-based group of stakeholders at the time of both analysis and engagement has served a means of building support for needed reforms. The goal was to generate ownership among Mindanawons through consultations which were guided by mostly local technical experts.

Training Resources & Tools
Policy Papers & Briefs
May 2017
Philippines
Eastern Asia
Oceania

This policy note presents an analysis of and recommendations on the city competitiveness improvement and is part of a broader Philippines urbanization study. The analysis draws on the competitive city framework which includes four pillars: 1. institutions and regulations; 2. infrastructure and land; 3. skills and innovation; 4. enterprise support and finance.

Training Resources & Tools
Policy Papers & Briefs
May 2017
Philippines
Eastern Asia
Oceania

This policy note assesses the performance of existing land administration and management (LAM) system in the Philippines in creating an environment for competitive cities.

Training Resources & Tools
Policy Papers & Briefs
May 2017
Philippines
Eastern Asia
Oceania

This policy note discusses strengthening institutions for urban and metropolitan management and service delivery and is part of a broader Philippines urbanization study. Strong institutions are critical to the effective management of cities, the delivery of efficient urban services and infrastructure, and the establishment of an enabling environment for business and job creation.

Reports & Research
Training Resources & Tools
March 2017
Philippines
Eastern Asia
Oceania

Urbanization is a driving force for growth and poverty reduction. Globally, over 80 percent of economic activity is concentrated in cities, and cities are essential for lifting millions of people out of poverty through the opportunities that density and agglomeration can bring with jobs, services, and innovation.

Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2017
China
Eastern Asia
Oceania

Chinese municipalities have developed a large stock of capital assets during a period of rapid growth and urbanization, but have yet to modernize asset management practices. Cities face challenges such as premature decline of fixed assets and spiking liabilities related to operating and maintaining assets.

Reports & Research
Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2017
Vietnam
Eastern Asia
Oceania

Governance quality plays a key role in private sector development: competent bureaucrats not only create good policies and regulations but also effectively implement them to shape the business environment. The authors exploit Vietnam’s decentralization of administrative tasks since the early 2000s to test this hypothesis.

Journal Articles & Books
January 2017
Chile
Argentina
Oceania
South America

This paper analyses the climate change projected for the near and distant future in South America using MRI/JMA (Japanese Meteorological Agency) global model simulations with resolutions of 20 and 60 km. Changes in mean climate, as well as in the annual cycles and interannual variability of temperature and precipitation are discussed.

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