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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 14 February 2020

The coronavirus’ impact on global growth dominates headlines, why Valentine’s Day is seen as a barometer of the economy, and how the rapid adoption of tech-based solutions is helping Africa’s economies progress – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. Coronavirus sends ripples through global economy. Spread of disease and efforts to contain it are among biggest near-term threats to world growth, some economists say.

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 07 February 2020

Africa delivers largest profits on British investment; the Pope drops in on a global economy conference and – as swamps of locusts devastate crops in Africa and Asia – a fascinating look at how one locust can become a plague. Here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. People in emerging markets are more open to using digital money than those in advanced economies. Why central bank-issued digital currency is most likely to command public confidence.

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 31 January 2020

The coronavirus is testing the market’s faith in the global economy, and Africa could bear the brunt of the outbreak; how digital financial services often prey on the poor; and why putting a price on African startup funding is debatable – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. Investors struggle to determine whether the coronavirus outbreak could upend bets on a recovery.

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 24 January 2020

Davos is upon us, worries about how China’s corona virus could impact global growth and why closing the gender gap in Africa’s labor markets is good economics - here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. As world leaders descended on Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, experts struggled to figure out where the world economy is headed. Here’s a peek.

Bank Vice President holds talks with African Union Commission on agriculture, water and human capital development

I recently travelled to the African Union Commission headquarters for a series of high-level talks to advance the role of the African Development Bank as broker of interventions designed to help feed Africa and improve the quality of life for people across the continent. Joining me on the mission to Addis Ababa were the Bank’s senior management and specialists in agriculture and nutrition.

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 03 January 2020

Happy New Year! Our first Must-Reads of the new decade includes a look at 2020’s global economic growth prospects, a review of 2019’s development success stories – and a story about a Rwandese mobile phone operator’s initiative to net 30,000 people free cell phones. Here are the week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. Another lacklustre year of economic growth lies ahead. Better than 2019, but not much.

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 20 December 2019

Some of the sharpest minds on the planet predict what economic, human and social development ideas will shape the new year, the index that tracks the cost of the “12 Days of Christmas,” and why some say the next decade in tech belongs to Africa. Here is a look at the week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke. 25 ideas that will shape the 2020s. Fortune asked 25 of the sharpest minds to weigh in.

The world won’t meet Sustainable Development Goals without Africa

I recently participated in the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting panel Going Faster Together: Scientific Priorities for Africa, held in Addis Ababa. Grand Challenges is a global family of grant initiatives and partners focused on fostering innovation to solve the world’s most pressing health and development problems. Organized on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the panel explored the role of science for good, and for growth in Africa.