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FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE: Global Poverty and the World Bank

with Douglass C. North, James Wolfensohnvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1 billion—primarily in North America, Europe, and East Asia—receive 80 percent of the global income. Meanwhile more than 1 billion people subsist on less than one dollar a day. Despite billions in development aid, many Third World nations are no better off than they were half a century ago. Why are developing countries still so poor? And what can international development agencies such as the World Bank do to help?

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The Next Battleground in the Terror War

by Lisa D. Cookvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 2004

The failed states of Africa might only too easily become a breeding ground for terrorism. It is time for us to make certain that they don’t. By Hoover fellow Lisa D. Cook.

If Economists Are So Smart, Why Is Africa So Poor?

by Barry R. Weingast, Douglass C. North, Stephen Habervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Despite an enormous inflow of foreign aid, most African countries today are poorer than they were a generation ago. What’s gone wrong? By Hoover fellows Stephen Haber, Douglass C. North, and Barry R. Weingast.

When It’s Not Just Humans Who Are in Trouble

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Robert Mugabe, the autocratic president of Zimbabwe, has begun enacting misguided “land reform” policies that would confiscate virtually all of the private property in the country. The program is proving disastrous for the country’s people—and its wildlife. By Hoover fellow Terry L. Anderson.

Analysis and Commentary

Wildlife, Too, under Siege in Zimbabwe

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 1, 2002

Before Mugabe's attack on private property, Zimbabwe had demonstrated how wildlife could be privately protected.

Analysis and Commentary

The New IMF Orthodoxy for Russia Is the Old Protectionism for Africa

by Alvin Rabushka, Michael S. Bernstamvia
Tuesday, July 31, 2001

The IMF released its mid-year report on the Russian Federation in July 2001. It recommends a new protectionism modeled on the lines of the old (failed) African policy of import substitution that was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s.

Analysis and Commentary

Compassionate Conditionality for Africa

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 24, 2000

Unless African countries lay the institutional foundations of limited and accountable government, under a true rule of law, they have no hope of relief from their burdens.

African Atrocities and the "Rest of the World"

by Mark Bowdenvia Policy Review
Thursday, June 1, 2000

Resisting the temptation to dehumanize tragedy

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Building a Democratic Africa

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

In Africa, in any given year, twenty civil wars are being fought. The first step toward peace and stability? Establishing the rule of law. Hoover fellow Larry Diamond explains how.

Democracy in Congo? Laugh On

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

No sooner had Laurent Kabila overthrown the dictator of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, and renamed the country the Democratic Republic of Congo than Westerners began clamoring for Kabila to hold elections. The response of Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro? "You have to be kidding."