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  • Wind Farm in South Africa Climate change: green light for growthClimate change is far more than just a long-term trend it's happening today, and its repercussions are all too real, threatening to overwhelm key development progress made over previous decades. EY's Arnaud Bouillé, though, says that green energy investment also represents a key economic opportunity for emerging markets
  • Farming in Africa - Shutterstock Growing from the ground upSupporting small businesses and social entrepreneurs to grow and develop in emerging markets is a mission shared by development professionals around the world. Jon Shepard explains how EY's new Enterprise Growth Services is contributing
  • Woman using sewing machine in factory istock Working toward a better worldToday, far too many people will wake up in extreme poverty, enduring a way of life far removed from their counterparts in developed countries. EY's Rohan Malik takes a look at some of the key challenges and potential solutions that continue to echo across the developing world.
  • USA: back to which schools?
    OECD research shows that the gap in educational achievement of American schoolchildren is widening not narrowing. Underlying this problem is a system of growing segregation...
  • Jumpstarting the eurozone economy
    The stagnating eurozone economy needs policy action. Its leaders should agree to coordinated tax cuts, extension of budget deficit targets and issuance of long-term public...
  • Italy's recession: new or same old?
    Italy is reported to have slipped back into recession. But this is based on the criterion of two successive quarters of negative growth. There are other ways of measuring...


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US budgeting: hope over expectation? By William Glasgall 

Both New York City and Nassau County are using opaque financing to justify spending plans. By setting budgets based on assumptions of savings and revenue that may be ephemeral, they are showing a lack of transparency and accountability.

  • IMF steps up support for Burundi PFM improvementsThe International Monetary Fund has approved a $7.6m loan for Burundi to help the landlocked southeastern African country strengthen its public finances and address weaknesses in debt management. 26 August 2014
  • Zambia launches $30m public finance reform programmeThe Zambian government has officially launched its $30m multi-donor public financial management reform programme to improve the efficiency and accountability of public resources. 20 August 2014
  • African farming technology project gets DFID fundingThe UK Department for International Development will hand over almost £11m to a Scottish research group to make available agricultural technology across ten African countries to improve the efficiency of small-holder farms. 18 August 2014

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