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Urban Finance

In order to have a strong developed economy, countries must also have strong local economies. Cities are the economic development engines for the future, and as such, the US should encourage sound urban financial policies for cities around the world. For better part of the past half century, counties have engaged in the various processes of fiscal, administrative and political decentralization, which brings government closer to the people it serves. Fiscal decentralization, or the “transfer of expenditure responsibilities and revenue assignments to lower levels of government” is one key way to promote independent local economies, which are responsive to the needs of urban dwellers.

Concurrent with these trends is the raise of urbanization. For the first time in history, more of the world’s population now lives in cities. As such demands will increase, and therefore state and local governments will be call upon to provide additional services, such as adequate infrastructure for their re…

A "boy crisis" worth Discussing

Where the Guys Are: Males in Higher Education

In 2006, Jennifer Delahunty Britz, dean of admissions at Kenyon College in Ohio, scandalized many readers of The New York Times by her op-ed ("To All the Girls I've Rejected," March 23) about a relatively secret practice that many college admissions officers had been engaging in for years: giving preferential treatment to male applicants. Considering US colleges' history of discrimination against women, this is to many a curious practice. How could colleges and universities be giving "affirmative action"-if that's what it can be called-to men? Why admit supposedly less-qualified males and consequently reject superior female applicants? Have we been so successful improving girls' performance in school that we have, ironically, made it harder for them to get into college?

Even as a sense of a "boy crisis" in schools grips the public, enrollment and degree-attainment gaps between women and men in co…

State of the Art in Public Finance

This document has been prepared in conjunction with the 2008 launch
of the SEFI Public Finance Alliance (or “SEF Alliance”). The purpose of
the report is: 1) to consolidate relevant information about the initiative
– its structure, activities, prospective members, and the contribution it
can make to the development of global sustainable energy markets; and
2) to demonstrate - via concrete examples of innovative actions – some
of the synergies among the relevant programmes of prospective member
agencies around the world, as well as the potential net benefits that
these agencies can receive from participation.

The target audience of this report is officials who manage public money
dedicated to building sustainable energy markets. The document should
serve as a tool for these officials to become more familiar with the SEF
Alliance, as well as with the programmes of some of their sibling agencies
around the world. It should help them begin to consider ways in
which they could become more effective, bot…