Economic development

The Commonwealth helps member countries take advantage of opportunities for economic growth, improving their ability to manage long-term sustainable development. Written by experts from around the world, our books address important economic and financial topics affecting Commonwealth countries today.

Publication date: 13 May 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book brings policy-making for sustainable development into the mainstream of decision-making at all levels of governance and in all sectors. It builds on the 2005 internationally agreed ‘Mauritius Strategy’ which aims to implement the integration of sustainable development by small island developing states.

Contributor: Paul Collier
Publication date: 10 February 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

In this book, economist and award-winning author, Paul Collier, suggests strategic policies for governments of Least Developed Countries to help them catch up to the rest of the developing world. He outlines potential future problems associated with the management of natural resources and the threat of climate change.

Publication date: 15 December 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Saving Small Developing Island States introduces the key policy challenges small island states face in dealing with the environmental consequences of climate change. It will be of interest to environmental and natural resource managers in small island states, government policy-makers, and academics and students in the fields of public policy.

Contributor: Daniel Dumas
Series title: Transformation of Societies Series
Publication date: 1 October 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Illustrated by case studies of good practice from across the Commonwealth, this book will help government decision-makers ensure that the extractive industries (dealing with the extraction of non-renewable natural resources - notably oil, gas and minerals) transform society for the better, while minimising the risk of instability and conflict.

Contributor: Devi Sookun
Publication date: 29 July 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This handbook distils the key lessons on best practice in negotiating loan agreements, and responding to the activities of vulture funds - funds that buy up the debt of sovereign countries at a discount in the hope of making significant profit - for the benefit of all government officials who may have to deal with these issues.

Contributor: Isaac Njoroge
Series title: Lessons from the Commonwealth
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 1 July 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This handbook explains how the Commonwealth Secretariat helps countries develop national export strategies with a clear purpose, strategies that are action-oriented, and which recognise the interrelationship between technological, economic, social, political and cultural aspects of society.

Series title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 90
Publication date: 1 June 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This is the first study to look at the trade effects on small states of the current global slowdown. Export industries in these countries have been affected at least as much as those of other developing countries. The authors suggest a number of policy responses for governments of small states which may help to address the issues that arise.

Series title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 89
Publication date: 1 April 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Documents the effects of the global financial crisis on investment and private sector development in small states. It uses case studies (St Lucia, Vanuatu and Mauritius) to draw lessons from policy responses and propose further support required at both the national and international level to support the private sector through the economic crisis.

Contributor: T N Srinivasan
Publication date: 1 July 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Why have the least developed countries failed to grow as fast as other economies during the recent period of globalisation? This title explores the broad links between growth in income, globalisation, and poverty reduction. It argues that domestic and international policies have failed to serve the interests of the poorest countries.

Contributor: David Peretz
Publication date: 1 February 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Explores how the Poverty Reduction Strategy Initiative (PRSI) process is working, as seen from the perspective of four recipient countries. This volume considers the PRSI process under the headings: design of the strategy; the extent of country ownership; implementation; accountability; and, alignment of development partner support.

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