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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

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

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...
19 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 19 July 2019

2. An economic theory that could be used to pay for the Green New Deal. How some economists think the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can help finance the Green New Deal. (NPR) 3. Putting gender on the table: integrating gender and nutrition. Nutrition International believes that good nutrition and gender equality are mutually reinforcing. (Scaling up Nutrition) 4. Profits are down in America Inc. Is it time to worry? (The Economist) 5. Wall Street opens down, the results worry. The New York Stock Exchange opened Thursday in retreat, investors worried about the impact of trade tensions...
12 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 07/12/2019

2. How markets and the state betray communities. Interview with economics professor Raghuram Rajan at the University of Chicago, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, on his new book and the economic future of China and India. (Wharton Knowledge) 3.Time to work together, say family planning and conservation groups. A new campaign championing the benefits of combining family planning and conservation action to improve access to family planning for women and girls. (Devex) 4.Study: Minimum wage 'an effective tool' for increasing incomes of older workers. A Study says the...
05 Jul 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 05 July 2019

2. The global economy just dodged another bullet. But the US-China trade truce won't fix it. (CNN Business) 3. Time is running out for global water ambitions. Author says at current rates of progress, we are more than 100 years behind schedule to get safe water to everyone by 2030. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) 4. In tense times, ‘Call in the Woman.’ The IMF’s Christine Lagarde is nominated to lead the European Central Bank. (New York Times) 5. The hidden economics of Wimbledon. There’s millions on the line for more than just the players. (GQ UK) 6. UNICEF art director Camila Garay...
28 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 28 June 2019

2. From phone makers to farmers, the toll of the US trade wars. A list of who is hurting, ahead of President Donald Trump’s G20 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Reuters)3. Trade war casualty: Why the days of cheap Chinese goods are over. (Wharton Knowledge)4. Facebook's new Libra crypto currency is set to help the 'unbanked' of the world. Whether they want it or not, some say. (ABC News Australia)5. The world's largest foundation doubles down on gender. Why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developed a strategy specifically to tackle gender inequality. (...
21 Jun 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 21 June 2019

2. Global economic growth is already slowing. The U.S. trade war is making it worse. (New York Times)3. STEM stereotypes tell us that women are better at languages and history, while men are better at chemistry and math. But are these categorizations based on fact? (Deutsche Welle)4. Gender stereotypes have been banned from British ads. What does that mean? (Vox)5. Fostering economic resilience through financial inclusion. Why some say deploying innovative financial and regulatory technologies to measure actual risk versus perceived risk, can dramatically increase...