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Finance & Development, June 1978
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Recent World Bank Publications

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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Published Date:
June 1978
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Employment and Development of Small Enterprises.

February 1978.

Argues that small-scale enterprises provide productive outlets for the talents and energies of enterprising, independent people, and that their development will broaden employment and income opportunities for the urban poor. Examines the potential role of the World Bank in encouraging developing countries to expand the small-enterprise sector. (Available in English; French and Spanish forthcoming.)

Annual Review of Project Performance Audit Results.

February 1978.

A report submitted by the Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department to the Executive Directors, summarizing evaluation findings on a group of 70 projects involving World Bank loans and IDA credits totaling approximately $1,300 million. Analyzes experience with these projects, overall and by sector, in order to understand what could be done better in future. The report has been published in the belief that this operational experience will be of value to those engaged in similar work and to those interested in the Bank’s role in development.

IDA—International Development Association.

May 1978.

A broad survey, updated, of the work of IDA—What it is, and what it does. Discusses the impact of IDA in the world’s poorest countries, the sources and uses of IDA funds, project selection, and the importance of IDA to global development. (In English, French, and Spanish.)

World Bank Catalog of Publications.

April 1978.

This latest edition of the Catalog lists all publications that are available free of charge from the World Bank, as well as books published commercially for the Bank, which can be purchased in bookstores or from the publishers. Listings indicate the languages in which publications are available. Contains full ordering instructions.

Forestry

Points to the importance of forests in economic development, and warns that reserves are dwindling. Describes the ecological degradation that occurs with uncontrolled cutting, and concludes that the World Bank should greatly increase its contribution to forestry development. (In English, French, and Spanish.)

Rural Enterprise and Nonfarm Employment

Describes the importance of nonfarm activities in rural areas, especially as a source of employment and income for the labor force. Discusses what the World Bank could do to encourage the development of these activities. (In English, French, and Spanish.)

Agricultural Land Settlement

Discusses issues related to the World Bank’s lending for land settlement. Analyzes the policies that can stimulate agricultural output and employment in the context of rural development programs. (In English, French and Spanish.)

Single copies of these publications are available free of charge from the World Bank, Publications Unit, Washington, D.C. 20433, U.S.A.

Commonwealth Caribbean: The Integration Experience

Sidney E. Chernick and others

Twelve small developing territories of the Commonwealth Caribbean are attempting to forge an integrated community. Bound by a common language and colonial heritage, the Commonwealth Caribbean suffers from its small size, extreme geographic dispersion, economic fragmentation, and massive dependence on imports, including food.

This book concentrates on the broad issues of regional integration and takes account of national issues where they impinge directly on the integration movement. Special attention is given to the central challenge of alleviating unemployment and to the potentially powerful mechanisms, such as regional programming in the productive sectors, that are crucial to the success of such instruments as the Caribbean Free Trade Association and the Caribbean Common Market.

About 460 pages; appendixes; statistical appendix; index; map. Cloth $22.50 (£17.00); paperback $7.50 (£5.95).

Ivory Coast: The Challenge of Success

Bastiaan A. den Tuinder and others

The outstanding economic performance of the Ivory Coast over the past twenty-five years can be matched by few countries, developed or developing. Despite limited resources—no mining to speak of and no industrial experience—per capita income has become one of the highest in Africa, based largely on export agriculture. The so-called Ivorian miracle has not been a matter of luck. This book investigates what went right and seeks to define new development strategies for the future.

About 544 pages; appendixes; statistical appendix; index; map. Cloth $25.00 (£18.15); paperback $7.95 (£6.00).

Available through booksellers or from the Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, U.S.A., or 2-4 Brook Street, London W1Y 1AA, England.

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