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  1. Library Resource
    March, 2012
    Sudan

    This policy note was prepared in
    response to a request from the Government of Southern Sudan
    (GoSS) for World Bank assistance in developing legislative
    and institutional policies and strategies that will take
    advantage of the potential of the region's forest
    resources to contribute to poverty alleviation, food
    security, sustainable agriculture, economic growth, and to
    protection of forest-related environmental services such as

  2. Library Resource
    August, 2012
    India

    In India, as in many developing
    countries, land continues to have enormous economic, social,
    and symbolic relevance. How access to land can be obtained,
    and how ownership of land can be documented, are questions
    essential to the livelihoods of the large majority of the
    poor, especially in rural and tribal areas. Answers to these
    questions will determine to what extent India's
    increasingly scarce natural resources are managed. Moreover,

  3. Library Resource
    August, 2012

    On Boxing Day morning, 2004, a 9.3
    magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean. The quake
    unleashed a blast of energy and created a tsunami three
    stories high. The disaster claimed more than 228,000 lives,
    affected 2.5 million others and caused close to US $11.4
    billion of damage in 14 countries. By far the highest price
    was paid by Aceh, where more people died than in all the
    other countries combined. In Banda Aceh, the capital of the

  4. Library Resource
    June, 2012
    Albania

    This sector report claims that in the
    three years between 2002 and 2005 alone, almost 235,000
    people have moved out of poverty in Albania. Strong economic
    growth and large inflow of remittances are at the center of
    this impressive achievement. However, low productivity of
    predominantly small family farms has put a drag on rural
    growth prospects. Moreover, Ndihma Ekonomike (NE) program,
    the means-tested income support program is small in scale,

  5. Library Resource
    May, 2012
    Albania

    This report was prepared in close
    collaboration with the Bank of Albania. This report focused
    on trade, services, and agriculture; however, the limited
    scope of their operations still leaves a potentially large
    unmet demand for credit in agriculture. This report focuses
    on problems related to the operation of Immovable Property
    Registry System (IPRS) and other institutions and the
    formalization of property rights and inscription of

  6. Library Resource
    June, 2012
    Botswana

    The objective of the Botswana Investment
    Climate Assessment (ICA) is to evaluate the investment
    climate in Botswana in all its operational dimensions and
    promote policies to strengthen the private sector. The
    investment climate is made up of the many location specific
    factors that shape the opportunities and incentives for
    firms to invest productively, create jobs, and expand. These
    factors include macroeconomic and regulatory policies; the

  7. Library Resource
    June, 2012
    Vietnam

    The 2003 land law defines that the Land
    Tenure Certificate (LTCs) carries both the wife's and
    husband's names. Theoretically, the requirement of both
    the wife's and husband's names on the LTCs aims at
    enabling the wife to participate more actively in household
    economic production for poverty reduction, and to protect
    the rights of the woman in the event of civil disputes over
    the land that has been provided with a LTCs. A field-based

  8. Library Resource
    Approaches to Urban Slums : A Multimedia Sourcebook on Adaptive and Proactive Strategies cover image
    Training Resources & Tools
    May, 2012
    Global

    Approaches to urban slums are a
    multimedia sourcebook that comprises 14 self-running
    audiovisual presentations and 18 video interviews. It is
    organized into four broad sections: adaptive approaches,
    proactive approaches, case profiles, and thematic
    interviews. The sourcebook itself, which contains more than
    nine viewing hours of content on CD-ROM, does not exist in
    printed format. This guide provides an overview of the

  9. Library Resource
    August, 2012
    Armenia

    This approach resulted in the
    fragmentation of agricultural holdings, with families owning
    noncontiguous plots. Land use was inefficient, owing in part
    to the low rate of use of agricultural machinery. Making
    land use and farming more efficient will require the
    establishment of a functioning land market. Granting farmers
    the right to sell, exchange, and lease their land will
    enable them to use it as collateral and to consolidate

  10. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    June, 2012
    Global

    Slum upgrading programs are being used by national and city governments in many countries to improve the welfare of households living in slum and squatter settlements. These programs typically include a combination of improvements in neighborhood infrastructure, land tenure, and building quality. In this paper, the authors develop a dynamic general equilibrium model to compare the effectiveness of alternative slum upgrading instruments in a second-best setting with distortions in the land and credit markets.

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