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International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries. Follow at

Oct 22, 2012

Is it possible to invest in public services and make a return? In this BBC interview, Senior Fellow Owen Barder discusses the potential of Development Impact Bonds, an approach the draws the private sector into development. With DIBs, private investors would see their money go towards infrastructure, education, and disease vaccination in developing countries. "These are areas where the growth is going to be in the 21st century," Owen says of emerging market economies. "Any investor is going to be crazy not to be investing in products in these places."