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Rooting new kinds of public service in new kinds of relationships

Are private investors the best people to decide development priorities in poor countries?

Development Impact Bonds were supposed to be the next big thing. But do they give power to the right people?

Death on the roads is an epidemic: better jobs for transport workers is part of the cure.

As long as working people are seen as a cost to development rather than its agents there will be no holistic policy.

Will payment-by-results (PbR) scupper Development Impact Bonds?

Six months after the launch of the Development Impact Bonds idea there are still none in operation.

Mobilising informal economy workers for urban resilience

Workers in the informal economy and slum dwellers can be active and organised contributors to raising the triple bottom line

Doing Business as usual? Not if the World Bank listens to Trevor Manuel

A review panel chaired by the South African planning minister is highly critical of the World Bank's Doing Business report

How do labour markets adjust to economic crises?

The economic crisis has caused both job losses and wage reductions among both formally and informally employed workers

Sustainable Development Goals: is this the post-2015 agenda?

Jeff Sachs says global institutions should set goals that link economic, social and environmental sustainability. Is he right?

Jobs, growth and the private sector: beware the false syllogism

Just because the private sector creates most jobs doesn't mean that if the private sector grows good jobs will follow.

The World Bank: facing both ways on labour market regulation

The 2013 Doing Business Report says less regulation means more jobs, contradicting the 2013 World Development Report!

How do power relations affect job creation?

Former World Bank staffer Steve Commins argues for more political economy analysis about winners and losers in job creation

Jobs and development: the World Bank’s new message

The World Bank published its 2013 World Development Report, on Jobs, on 1st October. Here we have our say and invite yours.