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  1. Library Resource
    August, 2014
    Republic of Korea, China, India

    The authors compare changes in gender
    roles and women's empowerment in China, India, and the
    Republic of Korea. Around 1950, these newly formed states
    were largely poor and agrarian, with common cultural factors
    that placed similar severe constraints on women's
    autonomy. They adopted very different paths of development,
    which are well known to have profoundly affected development
    outcomes. These choices have also had a tremendous impact on

  2. Library Resource
    August, 2014

    After more than 35 years, the elected
    local government system in Lesotho was reestablished in 2005
    through the election of the Local Authorities, i.e. the
    Community and District Councils (CCs and DCs). Across the
    political spectrum, the political will to move forward was
    at its peak. An exemplary campaign to educate the entire
    population as to the purposes and functioning of the new
    Local Authorities, and the electoral process preceded the

  3. Library Resource
    April, 2014
    Sierra Leone

    The topic of this paper is, in the words
    of one reviewer, 'one of the most discussed
    sociological and societal issues in African studies: the
    relationship between traditional institutions and new
    institutions'. Often in such discussions, the
    'traditional' and 'modern' are framed as
    if in opposition to one another, and debate centers on
    whether and to what extent tradition should cede to

  4. Library Resource
    April, 2014

    This paper develops a framework and some
    hypotheses regarding the impact of local-level, informal
    legal institutions on three economic outcomes: aggregate
    growth, inequality, and human capabilities. It presents a
    set of stylized differences between formal and informal
    legal justice systems, identifies the pathways through which
    formal systems promote economic outcomes, reflects on what
    the stylized differences mean for the potential impact of

  5. Library Resource
    March, 2014

    In 2006-07, the Water and Sanitation
    Program (WSP) initiated research to identify barriers to
    service delivery for the urban poor. The findings of the
    research have been presented in the Guidance Notes on
    Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Services to the Urban
    Poor in India. The Urban Global Practice Team of WSP decided
    to expand the ambit of this research to a global context as
    the learnings were relevant to experiences across Africa,

  6. Library Resource
    August, 2014

    The objective of this paper is to
    present a succinct and up-to-date review of the urban sector
    in Egypt, with a focus on issues for which there is new
    insight or emerging government interest. The two main themes
    of the report are the challenges facing the urban sector and
    the policy implications at various levels of government.
    Some of the reports mains findings are: urbanization in
    Egypt takes on forms and processes which are not well

  7. Library Resource
    March, 2014
    Africa, Northern Africa, Western Asia, Global

    The paper presents the key objectives
    for the rehabilitation of historic centers or medinas in the
    Middle East and North Africa as elaborated by the World Bank
    on the basis of twenty years of past and present lending and
    technical assistance operations to the governments of the
    region. These are: 1) the conservation of the urban and
    cultural heritage; 2) the local economic development of the
    historic city; and 3) the improvement of the living

  8. Library Resource
    September, 2014
    Sierra Leone

    This report presents an analysis of
    the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs and policies
    which affect young children in Sierra Leone. This report is
    part of a series of reports prepared by the World Bank using
    the SABER-ECD framework. The country report includes
    analysis of early learning, health, nutrition and social and
    child protection policies and interventions in Sierra Leone,
    along with regional and international comparisons. The

  9. Library Resource
    April, 2014

    Indian remains one of the countries
    wherein a lot of efforts are still required to eliminate the
    practice of open defecation. In rural areas, open defecation
    though reduced in scale continues to be a socially and
    culturally accepted traditional behavior largely. Low
    awareness of the potential health and economic benefits of
    better sanitation and hygiene practices, perception of high
    costs of having a toilet, the perceived convenience of open

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