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The mystery of development

2005 was a big year for international development. But there are strict limits on what outsiders can do to help poor countries. People develop themselves with the help of functioning legal systems and states
Robert Cooper  

States of development

Many have argued that the key to development in Africa is more financial aid and more democracy. But neither played a big role in the economic take-off of Asian countries like Taiwan and South Korea. What the Asian success stories…
Matthew Lockwood  

The captured state

Elites in the Asian tiger countries run the state in the public interest. In most of Africa, elites run the state in their own interests. Matthew Lockwood has written the best Africa book this year
Richard Dowden  

Return to Tanzania

I first visited Tanzania in 1964, volunteering for Nyerere's African socialism. It didn't work. In 2005 the country is still poor, but starting to grow. Is a dose of debt relief and more aid what it now needs?
Jonathan Power  

Does aid work?

Very little, argues one book; quite a lot, says another; a huge amount, contends a third. It all depends on the quality of both the donor and the recipient
Ngaire Woods  

James Wolfensohn

Over the coming months, as the west turns its attention to Africa and development, the World Bank will get a new head after the spectacular ten-year reign of Jim Wolfensohn. Who is he? What is his legacy?
Sebastian Mallaby  

Third way in India

After the shock election result, I sought out my friend Manmohan Singh, the new prime minister. Can this centre-left economist tame the communists and lead India on to overtake China?
Jonathan Power  

Countdown to Cancun

The September WTO meeting will decide whether globalisation can work for poor countries. But the WTO may follow the UN into irrelevance.
Kevin Watkins  

Free trade fallacy II

Last month, Michael Lind argued that free-trade globalism locks in rich-world advantage and kicks away the ladder. He is wrong
P L  

Clare Short

The conscience of the Blair cabinet is a leading exponent of globalisation with a human face. The leftist republican has become a benign imperialist. Just don't criticise her policy on Rwanda
Richard Dowden