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Image result for debt crisisTHE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEBT
By Carolyn Baker, 2006

Never before have political leaders urged such large-scale indebtedness on American consumers to rally the economy. — Kevin Phillips, in American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics Of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money In The Twenty-First Century

In a recent conversation with a friend, a married mother of three, she anxiously confided that although she has never been scared about money in her entire adult life, she now, in her mid-forties, finds herself feeling terrified. “Sometimes I wonder,” she said tentatively, “if it’s our own fault or if it’s the world we now live in. I’ve never worked harder in my life, but I’ve never found myself and my family falling so far behind financially.”

[Many] are no doubt hearing similar anguish issuing from the mouths of friends and family, and in all likelihood, thinking similar thoughts, but they know that the frightening quagmire of debt in which (more…)

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Image result for CABRI budgetBudget Practices and Procedures in Africa 2008
Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative and African Development Bank

Executive Summary [Excerpt]

The Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) is a pan-African network of senior budget officials in ministries of finance and/or planning, created as a platform for its members to share experiences on budget reform programmes and to contribute towards the efficacy of public finance management in Africa.

a) Timeline of the budget process in African countries
Budget timelines depict the duration and sequence of the different stages of the budget process, which are likely to reflect country-specific factors, such as administrative heritage and capacity, the balance of power between the different branches of government, as well as the macro-economic context. The budget process can be divided into four distinct stages: (1) executive (more…)

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Zoelick World BankWorld Bank
By John STOESSINGER [Edited]

A specialized agency of the United Nations, the World Bank (officially, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or IBRD) was established, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), by the Bretton Woods Agreement (1944) to assist European postwar recovery. When this initial role was absorbed by the Marshall Plan, the focus shifted (1949) to loans and technical assistance to promote the balanced growth of international trade and economic development. With its affiliates–the International Finance Corporation, created in 1956, and the International Development Association, founded in 1960–the World Bank Group has become an important lending agency in international development. (more…)

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