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The Balance of Power
he combined budgets of the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank,and every other development organization in the world make up justa drop of the economic fuel needed to power billions of people intogreater prosperity. Those who work in development have long knownthat the private sector must play a major role in the enormous economic changeneeded to lift large numbers of people out of poverty.But it is not that simple.Though their motives may be admirable, private sector companies are notcreated to help the poor and spur economic development. They are complexentities that play by a different set of rules than development organizations.Finding the right partnership between the private sector, the public sector, andthe development community is at the forefront of development work today. Inresponse, this edition of
takes a careful look at the role of theprivate sector in development work and examines innovative strategies beingemployed in the region.In addition to examining the broad trends in Asia, we look at how Asiancompanies have matured to the point that they are investing globally. They nowface the same challenges of economic and social responsibility that westerncompanies have grappled with for decades.
This edition also looks at the transition taking place from a focus on microlendingto an increase in microsavings programs. We also look at the increasing recognitionthat the world’s poor—the Bottom of the Pyramid—are a major market forconsumer goods. But should companies be selling cola, candy, and mobile phonesto people struggling to survive?
In our articles section, we look at the cruel reality that many poor countriesthat discover vast mineral or energy resources end up less prosperous as a result.We also examine the controversial theory of charter cities: setting up enclaves of good governance in developing countries.Our Reconnaissance section tries to keep us out on the edge. In this edition, itlooks at the increasing popularity of soap operas as agents for social change.
We hope this edition will give you a new perspective on private sector companiesand the role they play in society.
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