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    Corporate Responses to HIV/AIDS : Case Studies from India
    (Washington, DC : World Bank, 2007-01-01) World Bank
    This collection of case studies aims to contribute to the growing evidence on private sector engagement in the fight against HIV and AIDS and the challenges businesses are overcoming in this fight. By capturing the experiences of the local private sector, it seeks to foster a more active response from the business community and to encourage new partnership approaches from government, civil society, and development organizations to leverage the goodwill and competencies of the private sector. In a country as large as India, more active engagement of the private sector is critical to achieve the scale of intervention needed to get ahead of HIV and AIDS. The case studies illustrate the importance of integrating multiple stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS. They also highlight the growing investment of businesses in that fight-an investment that recognizes their vulnerability to the economic and social impact of the epidemic. And they show what businesses can achieve by tackling HIV and AIDS through the workforce. By showcasing their achievements and illuminating the lessons of their experience, these case studies seek to convince other businesses that taking part in the fight against HIV and AIDS is both within their reach and in their interest.
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    Dancing with the Giants: China, India, and the Global Economy
    (Washington, DC : World Bank, 2007) Winters, L. Alan; Yusuf, Shahid
    This report takes a dispassionate and critical look at the rise of China and India, and asks questions about this growth: Where is it occurring? Who is benefiting most? Is it sustainable? And what are the implications for the rest of the world? The book considers whether the giants' growth will be seriously constrained by weaknesses in governance, growing inequality, and environmental stresses, and it concludes that this need not occur. However, it does suggest that the Chinese and Indian authorities face important challenges in keeping their investment climates favorable, their inequalities at levels that do not undermine growth, and their air and water quality at acceptable levels. The authors also consider China's and India's interactions with the global trading and financial systems and their impact on the global commons, particularly with regard to climate. The book finds that the giants' growth and trade offer most countries opportunities to gain economically. However, many countries will face strong adjustment pressure in manufacturing, particularly those with competing exports and especially if the giants' technical progress is strongly export- enhancing. For a few countries, mainly in Asia, these pressures could outweigh the economic benefits of larger markets in, and cheaper imports from, the giants; and the growth of those countries over the next fifteen years will be slightly lower as a result. The giants will contribute to the increase in world commodity and energy prices but they are not the principal cause of higher oil prices. The giants' emissions of CO2 will grow strongly, especially if economic growth is not accompanied by steps to enhance energy efficiency. At present, a one-time window of opportunity exists for achieving substantial efficiency improvements if ambitious current and future investment plans embody appropriate standards. Moreover, doing so will not be too costly or curtail growth significantly. From their relatively small positions at present, the giants will emerge as significant players in the world financial system as they grow and liberalize. Rates of reserve asset accumulation likely will slow, and emerging pressures will encourage China to reduce its current account surplus.
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    Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growth : Insights and Lessons from Country Experiences
    (Washington, DC: World Bank and Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) Besley, Timothy; Cord, Louise J.; Besley, Timothy; Cord, Louise J.
    Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growth contributes to the debate on how to accelerate poverty reduction by providing insights from eight countries that have been relatively successful in delivering pro-poor growth: Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Tunisia, Uganda, and Vietnam. It integrates growth analytics with the microanalysis of household data to determine how country policies and conditions interact to reduce poverty and to spread the benefits of growth across different income groups. This title is a useful resource for policy makers, donor agencies, academics, think tanks, and government officials seeking a practical framework to improve country level diagnostics of growth-poverty linkages.
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    Explaining South Asia's Development Success : The Role of Good Policies
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2006) Ahmed, Sadiq
    South Asia has performed well over the past 25 years in reducing poverty, improving human development and increasing growth, but faster progress with poverty reduction will require a higher rate of growth. This book shows that the development performance is not a puzzle but largely explained by good policies. Countries in the region have maintained good macroeconomic environments, opened up their economies to greater domestic and international competition, and reduced the role of corrupt and inefficient public enterprises.
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    Fire without Smoke : Learning from the National Program on Improved Chulhas
    (New Delhi: The Energy and Resources Institute and the World Bank, 2004) Rehman, Ibrahim Hafeezur; Malhotra, Preeti; Rehman, Ibrahim Hafeezur; Malhotra, Preeti
    A major section of over 720 million rural poor in India continue to depend on biomass sources for meeting their energy requirements. Most of these poor people continue to burn biomass in energy-inefficient devices, locally called Chulhas. This study report is based on an evaluation of the National Program for Improved Chulhas (NPIC) conducted as part of a larger Bank study entitled India : household energy, indoor air pollution and health (World Bank 2002). This book synthesizes learning and insights from various programs implementation across different socio-economic and geographic regions of the country. The critical issues related to dissemination of improves cook-stoves discussed in the book will find wide application not only in India but in other developing countries as well. It is imperative that we take forward the initiatives undertaken in the past to provide energy-efficient option for meeting the cooking needs of rural communities, yet underserved by modern energy options.
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    Kolkata for Mother and Child : A Case Study
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2003) Duza, M. Badrud; Ramana, G. N. V.; Chowdhury, Sanchita
    This is a documentation of effective partnership that helped to improve Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) outcomes for the urban poor in Kolkata, India. This partnership was supported by the IDA financed (US$ 71.4 million) Family Welfare Urban Slums Project. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) implemented the project using a Credit of about US$17 million. A total of 3.8 million urban poor (family income less than US$ 32 per month) from three municipal corporations (Howrah and Chandan Nagar, and part of Kolkata), and 37 smaller municipalities benefited from this partnership. The project provided basic community outreach, as well as facility based Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) services, including counseling to the urban poor. Subsequently, nonbeneficiaries (above poverty line) also received services on payment of costs at lower-than-market rate. This model has subsequently been extended to 20 more cities in the state of West Bengal with support from the Department for International Development (DFID) and IDA.