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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

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

11 Oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 11 October 2019

2. International Day of the Girl Child: Let’s walk the talk of empowering our girls. (The Daily Star Bangladesh) 3. Why Good People Still Can’t Get Jobs. An expert says it may not be about you. (Wharton Knowledge) 4. The world economy’s strange new rules. How rich-world economies work has changed radically - so too, must economic policy. (The Economist) 5. Looking forward to sustainable development. Why the CEO of Agence Francaise de Developpement says it is time to switch from summits to solutions. (Project Syndicate) 6. Agriculture gets a blockchain boost. Which two big...
04 Oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 04 October 2019

2. The solution to hidden hunger in many developing countries lies just offshore. Why fish are not reaching those who need them the most. (The Conversation) 3. Deep-rooted structural ‘violence’ keeps Black women out of economics. According to a study by the American Economic Association, 62% of Black women economists have experienced racial or sex discrimination. (Forbes) 4. Winds, waves and water. A plan for quenching world thirst. (Ozy) 5. Where companies go wrong with learning and development. Organizations spent $359 billion globally on training in 2016 - was it worth...
27 Sep 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 27 September 2019

2. For centuries, economists have asked why certain places grow, prosper and achieve a higher standard of living compared to other places. Now there may be a solution. (Brookings Institution) 3. The world's wealthiest families are stockpiling cash, according to a new report. The majority of private wealth management advisory firms surveyed expect the global economy to enter a recession by 2020. (Bloomberg) 4. World Poverty Forum to be held in one of the planet’s largest informal settlements. Dubbed ‘Davos with the poor’ – the Forum to take place in Kenya’s Kibera to ensure poorest are...
20 Sep 2019

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

2. Bill Gates says where you were born is the biggest predictor of your success. Why some say that is a glaring sign of global inequality. (Business Insider) 3. The test results that best explain the STEM gender gap are not the math scores. New study analyzed data on 300,000 teenagers across 64 countries. (Quartz at work)  4. Negative interest rates have been a feature of the Japanese, many European economies for years. Now the concept may be getting traction in the U.S. (Wharton Knowledge) 5. Could a face-to-face meeting between U.S./China trade negotiators and the American...
20 Sep 2019

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is creating a ‘positive virus’ for entrepreneurial development. The goal is to replicate it across Africa

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) brought more than 2,000 energised, ambitious and determined young people from across the continent to Abuja for its annual entrepreneurship forum. Entrepreneurship is the issue of the day in Africa. It was clear that the continent has an exciting future, as African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, Bank colleagues and I engaged with these youthful entrepreneurs, as well as policy makers and business leaders at this high-energy event at the end of July. One of the highlights for me was moderating the first plenary on entrepreneurship...
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...