To summarize, our study provides the rst evidence of local stock-picking skills of country-
focused mutual funds. Further, we show that these skills are time-varying, and are best captured
through the use of macroeconomic variables. To return to the issue of industry vs. country in
Europe, we nd evidence that much more eort is spent on managing and oering country-focused
funds, although sector-focused funds are gaining in popularity in Europe. As such, it appears that
the industry vs. country debate is not yet resolved in the asset management world.
This research provided important findings for practitioners and mental health commissioners.
Other research has also highlighted that access to appropriate treatments may be less frequent
The issues are manifold and most seem to be fundamentally related to a lack of
mutual understanding of mental health care needs and how the services designed to meet those
specific needs are organised and accessed.
In our prior audit, we reported that AMS had not (1) established protocols for working with the National Organic Standards Board2 (Board) or resolving conflicts with them, or (2) fully developed internal operating procedures, particularly for resolving complaints and investigations and for providing guidance to certifying agents and their organic operators to ensure consistency in implementing program requirements.
Committee members John Curtis, James Emme, Vello Kuuskraa,
and Dianne Nielson and National Research Council staff members
Tammy Dickinson, Monica Lipscomb, and Karen Imhof were
fundamental in developing the workshop agenda, identifying speakers,
running the workshop, and writing this report. It was a great team effort.
My thanks to each of them.
Several overarching themes emerged from interviews with stakeholders in the six case-study
states regarding issues both internal and external to incentive programs that encourage and
discourage the adoption of small-scale renewable energy technologies in their respective
states. First, external factors will be discussed; illuminating the backdrop against which these
incentive programs operate is important in understanding and assessing program
If you have been in the business of sustainable development over the last
few decades, you will be very familiar with a variety of concepts that have
been widely used in the rhetoric, in the policies and in the literature.
Governments of rich and poor countries, development organizations, and civil
society groups look to WHO for leadership and guidance in achieving the health
MDGs. This report lays out the essential elements - the strategies and inputs -
that will help the international community, working collectively, to tackle the
health crisis facing many poor countries and, in so doing, contribute to poverty
The issues covered in this report were identified at a WHO interregional meeting
held in Costa Rica in November 2004.