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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

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

18 Sep 2019

AGRF Wrap Up: African Development Bank showcases digital opportunities in agriculture at Green Revolution Forum

More than 2,300 delegates gathered in the Ghanaian capital recently for the African Green Revolution Forum to discuss the future of African agriculture. The delegates included heads of state, ministers, central bank governors, heads of international and development agencies, as well as private sector leaders and youth “agripreneurs”. The African Development Bank was among those who joined the decision makers in Accra, led by Dr. Jennifer Blanke, Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. The Forum’s theme, “Grow Digital,” provided an opportunity to showcase digital...
13 Sep 2019

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

2. Evidence can make international development more effective. Hear experts from Yale School of Management explain why. (Yale Insights) 3. Kristalina Georgieva is the sole contender to be the IMF’s next boss. Georgieva would be the first national from an emerging economy to lead the Fund. (The Economist) 4. The European Central Bank cut rates to a surprise record low. The EBC also launched a sweeping round of stimulus. (Business Insider) 5. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations policy makers commit to investing more in people. Accelerating human capital development in the region...
06 Sep 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 6 September 2019

2. Cows gone wireless. Fitness tracking and 5G collars enhance U.K. farm's efficiency (USA Today) 3. Ancient farmers burned the Amazon, but today's fires are very different. Parts of the Amazon are more prone to fire today because farmers thousands of years ago regularly set the undercarriage alight. (National Geographic) 4. Ranking 42 countries by ease of doing digital business. Why Harvard Business Review says that arguably, digital businesses represent one of the most dynamic growth aspects of most major economies. (Harvard Business Review) 5. The International Monetary Fund...
30 Aug 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 30 August 2019

2. Bare-bones G-7 statement fails to light the way for global economy. Summit highlights bloc's limitations in a protectionist world. (Nikkei Asian Review) 3. Incoming European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde reveals dovish ECB view. The Euro weakened slightly after the remarks were published. (Bloomberg) 4. Boosting equality for rural women in developing countries. Listen to one take on how women are an important part of the rural economy but don’t have social or economic equality. (ABC Australia) 5. The U.S. dollar’s international dominance is a problem. Here’s why. (Los...
23 Aug 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 23 August 2019

2. As the global economic picture dims, solutions seem out of reach. Global leaders gather on two continents to take account of a darkening economic outlook. (Associated Press) 3. G-7 summit to open with examination of the global economy. Global economic growth has slowed due to weakness in Germany and a pronounced slowdown in China. (MarketWatch) 4. Could cheap debt help the global economy spend its way out of trouble? Central bankers meet amid growing pressure for countries to spend more to kick-start a slowing economy.  (Ozy) 5. Germany’s golden economic run of the Merkel era...
16 Aug 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 16 August 2019

2. OpEd: How to save foreign aid in the age of populism. The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. (Foreign Policy) 3. Nine key countries are on the verge of recession. Could the United States follow? (The Washington Post) 4. South Korea’s won faces further hit from Japan trade war. Currency is already the worst performer in Asia due to slow global growth. (Financial Times) 5. Singapore economy tipped for recession. GDP figure released this week marked a huge decline on the 3.8 percent growth in the first three months of 2019. (South China...
09 Aug 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 09 August 2019

2.OpEd: The ‘silver tsunami’ of ageing populations in emerging markets. China offers lessons in how to prepare for getting old, before getting rich. (Financial Times) 3.Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts. Find out which nations top list of places with worst shortages. (The Guardian) 4.United Nations climate report warns to change land use to avoid a hungry future. Altering the way we eat, grow food and manage forests could help save the planet, scientists say. (Associated Press) 5.Three Asia-Pacific region central banks lowered interest...
02 Aug 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 02 August 2019

2. OpEd: The global economy lives in wonderland now. Foreign Policy) 3. Inflation and growth sag in the Eurozone, according to official figures. Could this bolster the case for the European Central Bank to inject another dose of monetary stimulus? (Associated Press) 4. The ongoing trade dispute betweenJapan and South Korea has begun to affect businesses. Why some say it could potentially make a dent in the global economy. (CNBC) 5. “We’re all paying for this.” The real life story of one – of a huge range of companies – negatively impacted by the United States-...
02 Aug 2019

Island nation Cabo Verde focuses on improving its business environment to provide smoother trade, investment and space for entrepreneurial youth.

It only takes one glance out of the airplane window, on the flight west from Senegal to Cabo Verde, to get a sense of the raw beauty of this archipelago of 10 volcanic islands. The Bank’s collaboration with Cabo Verde is visible upon landing in the capital city Praia. The Bank financed the Praia Airport expansion and modernization project, allowing the island to process more flights, tourists and commercial shipments, more efficiently. Our delegation, consisting of me, Bank deputy director general for West Africa Serge N’guessan, country manager in charge of Cabo Verde Adam Amoumoun, and...
26 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 26 July 2019

2.Switzerland has been named the world's most innovative country, according to the 2019 edition of the Global Innovation Index. Find out where your nation ranks. (Associated Press) 3.World's 500 largest corporations in 2019. See which survey says China’s corporations are rising in the global economy, matching the United States. (Forbes) 4.Will Christine Lagarde have room to run as the European Central Banks’s Next President? Why Lagarde’s nomination to be the ECB sparked a divergence of views on where she might lead the bank. (Wharton Knowledge) 5. The gender gap in STEM fields could...