In 2012, Kim Jong Un put his father’s plans on rapprochement with U.S. on hold; is 2019 the year he carries out Kim Jong Il’s mission? (Wilson Center)

Some years ago, I invited a group of North Koreans to meet me in New York to negotiate the opening of the first U.S. news bureau in Pyongyang. Among them was a mid-career diplomat being groomed to handle North American affairs. His name: Kim Hyok Chol.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/2012-kim-jong-un-put-his-fathers-plans-rapprochement-us-hold-2019-the-year-he-carries-out

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Are PESCO projects fit for purpose? (IISS)

In 2018 the launch of 34 capability projects under the European Union (EU)’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) framework was hailed by some as a breakthrough for European defence. At the same time, it was met with widespread scepticism over its ability to meet the continent’s defence needs.

https://www.iiss.org/blogs/analysis/2019/02/pesco-projects-fit-for-purpose

Managing Ethiopia’s Unsettled Transition (Crisis Group)

Ethiopia’s charismatic new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has generated great excitement with initiatives breaking with the past. But he faces challenges as formidable as his promises are bold: he urgently needs to halt communal strife, smooth the road to elections and boost the ailing economy.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/horn-africa/ethiopia/269-managing-ethiopias-unsettled-transition

The challenge of urban mobility in Abidjan (World Bank blogs)

I am often asked how I view Côte d’Ivoire’s economic future. One thing is certain: the country will become urbanized. More than half the population already lives in the city and this proportion is expected to reach two thirds by 2050, particularly with the expansion of Abidjan, which will be home to over 10 million people.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/the-challenge-of-urban-mobility-in-abidjan

SUBMITTED BY JACQUES MORISSET

Valuing user data (World Bank blogs)

The rising threat of digital taxes across the world, most recently in New Zealand, is raising the stakes to reform the international corporate tax system. In February 2019, the OECD outlined four proposals that will go through public consultations in the coming months. Of those, the “user participation” proposal has popular appeal, but seems least likely to succeed.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/valuing-user-data

SUBMITTED BY DAVIDA CONNON

CO-AUTHORS: SIMEON DJANKOV

The rise of India’s rural women entrepreneurs (World Bank blogs)

“Earlier I was not able to contribute even Rs. 5,000 ($69) to run my house. Today, I contribute Rs. 15,000 ($208),” beams Lakshmi Amol Shinde from Wardha Lakshmi as she recalls the harsh financial conditions she and her family faced after her husband lost his job.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/rise-india-s-rural-women-entrepreneurs

SUBMITTED BY BALAKRISHNAN MADHAVAN KUTTY

CO-AUTHORS: ARSHIA GUPTA

Unpacking within household interactions: the roles people take (World Bank blogs)

Some of us often try to understand how households may be functioning by using intrahousehold decision making questions.   For example, the multi country Demographic and Health Surveys often ask who makes decisions on large household purchase: the male, the female or the two together.    The idea is that this kind of question helps us understand power dynamics.   And there is a fair bit of correlational work that suggests this makes sense.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/unpacking-within-household-interactions-roles-people-take

SUBMITTED BY MARKUS GOLDSTEIN