East Asia and Pacific remains the world’s growth engine despite a challenging external environment, with developing economies growing by 7.2% in 2013. The proportion of people living in poverty in the region has steadily declined—less than 10% of the population lives on $1.25 a day—but much more needs to be done as there are still close to half a billion people living on $2 a day.
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Street Children Initiative. Too old, too
soon. Stationary lives, by Jacqueline Mia Foster. Artistic
License, Jacqueline Mia Foster. Red tape, by Ben Aris.
Children ... Show More +of war, Adele Sulcas. Street talk, by Catalina
Villamizar. Isolating children : the solution? by Eliana
Cardoso. The true cost of market collapse, by Karen Emmons.
Recognizing rights, by Craig Mauro. Vox Populi, by Ger
Philpott. Innocents abused, by Debbie Mesce. Subterranean
blues, by Dominc Ziegler. Show Less -
Barge-mounted diesel generators (BMDs)
can represent a useful addition to the array of power
generation technologies suitable for developing countries.
Where they h... Show More +ave been adopted, BMDs have proved highly
successful and a relatively low-cost option with low risks
for the operator. They are appropriate only for certain
circumstances, however. This note introduced BMD generation
by describing the technology, explaining why it may or may
not be an attractive option, and highlighting cases in which
it is likely to be a strong rival to more usual
alternatives. Some experience with BMDs in developing
countries is also reviewed. Show Less -
Independent Power Projects (IPPs) are a
major source of new power generation capacity in the United
States and some European countries, notable the United
Kingdom a... Show More +nd Portugal. Faced with serious capacity and energy
shortages that they cannot remedy from public resources,
many countries - including Columbia, China, Guatemala,
India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines - are
turning to private investors to expand electricity supply.
This trend has the potential to meet a large and immediate
financing gap by mobilizing direct foreign investment in the
power subsector; IPPs in developing countries have tapped
new forms of financing in international capital markets.
Private sector involvement in the power sector has also led
to impressive construction and operational efficiency gains,
and it has often been preceded by reform programs addressing
the structure and ownership of the power sector. Properly
structured IPPs can also stimulate the development of local
capital markets and bring the discipline of the capital
market to support competition in generation. This note
provides an overview of the issues faced and procedures
adopted in developing IPPs and directs the reader to sources
of further information and assistance. Show Less -