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Economic Growth, Human and Social Development

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

10 May 2019

Civil Society Forum 2019: engaging civil society to accelerate regional integration for Africa’s economic prosperity

This week, the African Development Bank celebrated its tenth annual Civil Society Forum, hosting more than two hundred representatives from civil society and international organizations as well as from governments from across the continent, at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan.Organized by the Bank’s Gender, Women and Civil Society Department, this year’s Forum was unique: three days of discussions, presentations, breakout sessions and recommendations dedicated to civil society priorities in Africa. We chose a regional integration theme, so participants could explore the role of civil...
03 May 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 03 May 2019

2. Despite more women being hired to boardrooms, gender diversity is still low. Listen to the Wall Street Journal reporter and editor Vanessa Fuhrmans explain what's causing this paradoxical problem. (MarketPlace)3. What oil at $100 a barrel would mean for the world economy. Bloomberg answers top questions about who stands to gain – and lose. (Bloomberg)4. OpEd: the world’s next big growth challenge. The economic performance of lower-income developing countries will be crucial to reducing poverty further. (The Council on Foreign Relations)5. Inequality beyond neoliberalism:...
26 Apr 2019

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

2. Assembling the world country-by-country, based on economy size. Animations approach the world map from an alternate angle: assembling countries on the map in the order of their economic footprints. (Visual Capitalist)3. New Stanford study shows the economic cost of climate change is more global inequality. Researchers say global warming has led to “robust and substantial declines in economic output in hotter, poorer countries.” (Quartz)4. Video games are associated with impaired social skills for some girls, but not boys. New study suggests that any behavioral effect...