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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 03 January 2020


Happy New Year! Our first Must-Reads of the new decade includes a look at 2020’s global economic growth prospects, a review of 2019’s development success stories – and a story about a Rwandese mobile phone operator’s initiative to net 30,000 people free cell phones. Here are the week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


1. Another lacklustre year of economic growth lies ahead. Better than 2019, but not much. (The Economist)



2. The global economy 2020: Experts expect growth to rebound, but many of their projections are built on shaky foundations. (Foreign Policy)

3. Get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track. At the current rate, most of the goals will not be met. (Nature magazine)

4. The world’s development success stories of 2019. Wide ranging, from the first Ebola-free baby, to advances in women’s rights. (Guardian)

5. NPR mini-magazine highlights 2020’s likely trends in global health and development. And it fits in the palm of the hand. (NPR)

6. The Euro had its narrowest yearly trading range against the dollar since its inception in 1999. Why the currency had its calmest year ever. (Wall Street Journal)

7. Sustainability in fashion faces an uphill climb. The Industry remains one of the world's largest polluters. (Time)

8. Women in Africa and across the world are poorly represented in senior airline industry positions. A new Air Transport Association initiative wants to change that by 2025. (AfricaNews)

9. “Rwanda Connect” challenge by an African mobile phone operator results in 30,000 donated devices. Push to increase smartphone penetration aims to bridge Rwanda’s digital divide. (The New Times)

10. Africa’s wealthiest man ends 2019 better off by $4.3 billion. Aliko Dangote is now among the world’s richest 100 people. (Bloomberg)

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