Zynga partnered with American restaurant chain Pizza Hut to raise money for the World Bank’s 2011 World Hunger relief campaign by enabling in-game purchases of virtual items linked to charitable causes.
China is redefining the continent's economic landscape and gradually displacing the influence and relevance of western governments, corporations and development agencies. Beijing now lends more to Africa than the World Bank does.
Soaring prices have created a ‘toxic brew of real pain contributing to social unrest’, says Robert Zoellick, urging action by the Group of 20 as 44m people are said to have have fallen into extreme poverty.
One of the sparks for the political unrest that has erupted across North Africa was frustration over the lack of jobs and the rising price of food. So any new governments ushered in by the wave of popular protests won’t have a very long honeymoon.
“Who owns the Bacardi Bar in Bishkek?” is not the type of question that generally troubles the sort of UN and World Bank diplomats who gathered in the Kyrgyz Republic’s capital for this week’s donor conference.