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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

A blog by Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development.

13 Dec 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 13 December 2019

2. UN Secretary General warns climate change could fuel ‘economic disaster.’ He cited study showing that shifting to a low-carbon economy could create 65 million new jobs worldwide by 2030 and boost growth by $26 trillion dollars. (PBS NewsHour) 3. The Harvard and MIT economists finding new ways to fight global poverty. Check out why these Nobel Prize winners have been named among Boston’s honored citizens. (The Boston Globe) 4. Research: gender diversity on start-up boards is worse than you think. U.S. corporate boards remain overwhelmingly male, despite high-profile pushes ...
06 Dec 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 06 December 2019

2. How to stretch a dollar. Can countries actually reach the UN sustainable development goals? (Quartz) 3. How poverty ends. A deep read on the many paths to progress - and why they might not continue. (Foreign Affairs) 4. When a disappointment helped lead to a Nobel Prize. The winners of this year’s Nobel in economics did pioneering field experiments that sometimes didn’t work as expected. (New York Times) 5. Women in economics – where are they? The benefits of a diverse profession. (Asia & the Pacific Policy Forum) 6. What you need to know about ‘gender lens’ investing....
29 Nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 29 November 2019

2. We are more than 200 years away from true gender parity at work. Three steps to advance gender equality in 2020. (Forbes) 3. How to recruit more women to your company. LinkedIn undertook several studies around gender and work – what they learned may surprise you. (Harvard Business Review) 4. Multilateral development banks and partners raise the Global Gender Summit bar, in Rwanda. Your round up of key highlights from the gathering. (DevDiscourse) 5. Development and finance leaders call for dispelling myths about women being too “high risk” for financing. More financial services...
22 Nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 22 November 2019

2 - Economic policy ignores women. Why some argue this goes back to basic theories developed by men. (Business Insider) 3 - Men still earn more than women - even after they’re dead. How to build posthumous value. (The Conversation) 4 - Are firms penalized for creating gender-diverse boards? New Organizational Science research finds firms can pay a steep price for the effort. (Forbes) 5 - Men’s stress rises when their partner earns over 40% of household income. New study quantifies male fragility. (The Telegraph) 6 - Four ways to address gender bias in Artificial Intelligence....
16 Nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 15 November 2019

2. Ghana’s Cocoa Board signs $600 million, African Development Bank-brokered loan facility to boost cocoa production. Details on the Africa Investment Forum deal, which is aimed at modernizing the sector and providing higher incomes and livelihoods to millions of farmers and their families. (CNBC Africa) 3. In the last 40 years, income inequality has surged in the United States. Experts give the Top Five reasons why the income gap has gotten so wide. (CNBC) 4. It’s as bad a time for the global economy as any since the end of the last recession. That’s according to two separate surveys...
12 Nov 2019

The Africa Investment Forum: An Accelerator For Africa’s Agricultural Transformation

This week, business leaders, project developers, development finance professionals, institutional investors representing pension and sovereign wealth funds, as well as policymakers meet in Johannesburg for the second Africa Investment Forum convened by the African Development Bank. The Forum is an innovative marketplace – dedicated to moving development ideas and projects to bankability, to mobilizing capital, and to accelerating the financial closure of deals that can improve the lives of millions of people. Among other things, the Africa Investment Forum has the potential to...
08 Nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 08 November 2019

  2. What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it? Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development, rather than the traditional economic concerts of efficiency and growth. (The Conversation Australia) 3. Toward human-centered capitalism. Exploring a new social contract. (Brookings Institution) 4. Big central banks move to wait-and-see mode. Has interest rate cutting to loosen global financial conditions run its course? (Reuters) 5. Development economists who go small have a point. Economists who insist on addressing only the biggest,...
01 Nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 01 November 2019

2. Here are the countries on the brink of recession going into 2020. Forbes list comes amid a global slowdown in economic growth. (Forbes) 3. If we’re serious about changing the world, we need a better kind of economics to do it. So say two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel prize in economics sciences. (The Guardian) 4. The Internet turns 50 this week. Why one Rutgers sociologist says every new innovation is a step on a path started by the earliest humans to express and extend ourselves. (NBC News) 5.Promoting women’s economic development. How can behaviors determined by strong...
25 Oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 25 October 2019

2. Better seed quality, concerns over climate change top agenda at World Food Prize. Your wrap of this year’s ceremony. (Devex) 3. Globalization is ending. Here’s how to prepare for what’s next. (Barron’s) 4. The global boom in non-bank financing. Where is the money going? (Financial Times) 5. Geospatial peacekeeping: How soldiers and technology can help fight poverty. (Brookings Institution) 6. United States trade war collateral damage is being felt from the fjords of Iceland to the auto factories of Japan. Track the wave. (NASDAQ.com) 7. Locking China out of the dollar system...
18 Oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 18 October 2019

2. How the three Nobel Winners for Economics upended the fight against poverty. Their work in practice, explained. (NPR) 3. Esther Duflo is only the second woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics. And a major newspaper headline still referred to her as “wife” of another Laureate. (MarketWatch) 4. The world’s food system costs trillions in poor health and ecological damage. On World Food Day, there was a call for governments and researchers to commit to more-regular audits of these unseen expenses. (Nature) 5. Do a country’s inhabitants get happier as it gets richer? Most...