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Friday 25 July 2014

Culture & Tourism

Tourism in Africa: harnessing tourism for growth and improved livelihoods.

Africa development forum
Corporate Author:
World Bank
Author:
Iain Christie

Tourism is a powerful vehicle for economic growth and job creation that benefits both host populations and travellers. It is growing faster in the world's emerging and developing regions than in the rest of the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the growth potential in tourism is significant and compelling. The region has abundant tourism resources: extensive nature, culture, adventure opportunities, plentiful wildlife, and expansive beaches. Yet it is not simple to develop and sustain a successful tourism economy. Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods acknowledges the risks that tourism entails, analyses persistent constraints, and lays out an achievable framework for sustainable tourism in Africa. It identifies policies and institutional approaches to improve the tourism competitiveness of African countries. This book clearly explains the opportunities and challenges, and it suggests practical strategies based on 24 case studies of successful tourism development from across the world. This book is the first to examine tourism as an economic development tool in Africa comprehensively and regionally and the first to recommend practical, evidence-based measures enabling the sector's full economic and development power. It gives new impetus to the continent's development progress by leveraging tourism in pursuit of lasting poverty alleviation and the creation of significantly more jobs and opportunities for all Africans.

  • ISBN: 9781464801907
  • 29.00
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Finance

Reserve requirements in the brave new macroprudential world.

World Bank studies
Corporate Author:
World Bank
Author:
Tito Cordella

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is hard to find any macroeconomic policy report that does not include some reference to financial stability or systemic risk and the resulting need for 'macroprudential policies.' While there is a large and growing literature on macroprudential politics and financial stability, less attention has been paid to how macroprudential policies may facilitate macroeconomic stabilisation in the presence of large capital flows. The ultimate reason for resorting to reserve requirements lies essentially on the procyclical behavior of the exchange rate over the business cycle in developing countries (with the currency depreciating in bad times and appreciating in good times) that complicates enormously the use of interest rates as a counter cyclical instrument. Under such circumstances, reserve requirements are an effective instrument that can be used countercyclically when concerns about the effects of interest rates on the exchange rate become paramount. Finally, Reserve Requirements in the Brave New Macroprudential World suggests that while from a macroprudential point of view, the most common macroprudential instruments are equivalent, from a microprudential one they are not. Conflicts may thus arise between micro- and macroprudential policy stances. In addition, the overall design of macroprudential policies should follow a careful analysis of the role that different financial frictions play in environments since similar symptoms can reflect very different underlying forces. Reserve Requirements in the Brave New Macroprudential Worldlooks at the use of reserve requirements as a macroprudential tool. Its findings should be of particular interest to emerging market economists and policymakers who are faced with diffi cult questions regarding how to cope effectively with volatile capital flows.

  • ISBN: 9781464802126
  • 18.00
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Government

Inquiry into allegations, arising from a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on 3 July 2013, of impropriety or irregularity relating to NIHE managed contracts and consideration of any resulting actions: seventh report: together with the minutes of proceedings, minutes of evidence and written submissions relating to the report.

Northern Ireland Assembly reports - 157/11-15.
Author:
Alex Maskey (chairman)

In a BBC NI Spotlight programme, which aired on 3 July 2013, allegations were made of wrongful political interference in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, potential breaches of the Ministerial Code of Conduct and misleading of the Assembly and the Committee for Social Development. The Housing Executive has committed to improving the thermal efficiency of Housing Executive stock and to ensure that all its properties are fully double-glazed by March 2015. On 8 May 2012, the Minister announced that he was suspending the double-glazing programme pending a rigorous review of the double-glazing specification and until the new contract provision, to include any revised specifications, can be put in place. The Committee was concerned and asked the Minister to specify who had provided the advice which led to his decision to suspend the programme pending a review and to confirm on what basis the potential for significant savings had been made. In his response dated 24 May 2012, the Minister stated that his decision came about as a result of a meeting with representatives from the Glass and Glazing Federation and Fusion21 to discuss, 'The Good Practice Guide for the Installation of Windows and Doors'. In the Spotlight programme it was alleged that the Committee was misled as the Minister had in fact met with representatives from Turkington Holdings Ltd - a company which the programme stated had links to the Democratic Unionist Party. By majority vote, the Committee found that the Minister for Social Development deliberately misled the Committee.

  • ISBN: 9780339605374
  • 38.75
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Health

Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings.

IARC technical report 43.
Corporate Author:
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Author:
F. Bray

This guidance document consists of six chapters that provide technical advice to planners and health specialists in low and middle-income countries wishing to implement and develop Population-based Cancer Registration (PBCR) as information system that inform cancer control policy. This first chapter has placed the need for cancer registration in the context of the rapidly increasing burden from the disease seen worldwide. Chapter 2 describes the characteristics of the different types of cancer registry and the unique functions of PBCRs and their present status worldwide. Chapters 3 and 4 outline the critical steps in planning and developing a PBCR in lower-resource settings, including discussion of the key sources of information required and the minimal standard set of data items that the PBCR should collect. Aspects in the set-up that will help ensure the sustainability of the registry are emphasized, including comments on infrastructure and resource requirements as well as the commitment of stakeholders. Chapter 5 describes the main techniques to evaluate and further enhance the data quality at the PBCR. Chapter 6 provides some advice on reporting the results to the community at large in support of cancer control and thus promoting the increasing utility of the registry.

  • ISBN: 9789283204350
  • 17.50
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Science & Technology

After the storm?: UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: second report of session 2014-15: report, together with formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 327.
Corporate Author:
Science and Technology Committee
Author:
Andrew Miller (chairman)

Research suggests that around one in 2,000 of us could be unknowingly carrying the infectious prions responsible for Variant CJD. This raises the worrying prospect that these prions could be transmitted to others via blood transfusions and other medical procedures. Recent Government policy seems to have been driven less by precaution than by economic prudence and a hope that the storm has now passed. 43 incidents occurred between January 2010 and March 2013 in which surgical patients may have been exposed to CJD as a result of infection control guidance not being properly followed. Ministers must work with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens to assess the extent to which precautions are being taken in hospitals and come up with a plan to improve implementation. The Committee also recommends greater support for technologies potentially capable of more effectively decontaminating surgical instruments. Key steps would be for the Government to reduce uncertainty by supporting relevant research, for example by using the prototype blood test developed by the MRC prion unit in a large-scale study to better understand the rate of 'silent infection'. In the vast majority of cases the benefits of receiving a transfusion will far outweigh the risk of acquiring a transfusion-transmitted infection. However, the Committee is warning against complacency and is urging UK Blood Services to remain vigilant. The report recommends that the Government commission a full assessment of the risks currently faced

  • ISBN: 9780215075550
  • 13.50
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Science & Technology

Advisory material for the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material: specific safety guide. 2012 ed.

IAEA safety standards series SSG-26.
Corporate Author:
International Atomic Energy Agency

This Safety Guide provides recommendations and guidance on achieving and demonstrating compliance with IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSR-6, Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2012 Edition), which establishes the requirements to be applied to the national and international transport of radioactive material. Transport is deemed to comprise all operations and conditions associated with and involved in the movement of radioactive material, including the design, fabrication and maintenance of packaging, and the preparation, consigning, handling, carriage, storage in transit and receipt at the final destination of packages. This publication supersedes IAEA Safety Standards Series No. TS-G-1.1 Rev. 1, which was issued in 2008

  • ISBN: 9789201369109
  • 71.00
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