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Croissance économique, développement social et humain

Un blog de Jennifer Blanke, vice-présidente, Agriculture, développement humain et social.

14 Feb 2020

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 14 February 2020

2. Is Valentine’s Day spending a barometer of the economy? In the USA, 2020 Valentine’s Day expenditure is expected to be $27.4 billion, a 32% increase over last year’s spending. (The Street) 3. The head of the United Nations Development Program outlines four key factors he says will define the future of development. Why he says the SDGs are a “manifestation of wisdom about the great risks of the 21st century.” (Devex) 4. The International Monetary Fund undergoes structural reform. The Fund’s boss, Kristalina Georgieva, makes her mark. (The Economist) 5. Emerging nations must embrace...
07 Feb 2020

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 07 February 2020

2. SARS stung the global economy. The coronavirus might be a greater menace. (New York Times) 3. World Bank chief economist announces resignation. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg will return to teaching at Yale University. (France 24) 4. Can data build a truer picture of the gender gap in food insecurity? Research found a gender gap in food security in every part of the world, with varying degrees of severity. (Devex) 5. Industries without smokestacks – agroindustry, horticulture, tourism and ICT have a lot more in common with manufacturing than most people think. Firm characteristics...
31 jan 2020

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 31 January 2020

2. U.S. Federal Reserve chief calls coronavirus threat a ‘significant’ factor in global economic outlook. But the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate intact. (Los Angeles Times) 3. China's economy was supposed to get a boost this year. The coronavirus makes that unlikely. (CNN Business) 4. How digital financial services can prey upon the poor. Data can be used to exploit as well as help them. (The Economist) 5. Education plus development. Rethinking the critical role of data to improve teaching and learning. (Brookings Institution) 6. No end to Brexit blight for economy as...
24 jan 2020

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 24 January 2020

2. Can Universal Basic Income work? This model to reduce poverty by providing all citizens, regardless of wealth, with a guaranteed sum, isn’t new. (Wharton Knowledge) 3. How to transform the development sector for a decade of action and delivery. Jamie Drummond, who co-founded ONE with Bono and others, has opinions. (Devex) 4. Capitalism draws fire, despite strong global economy. Public relations firm’s survey of 34,000 people worldwide reveals skepticism of major institutions. (Wall Street Journal) 5. Wealth gap widening for more than 70% of global population, researchers find....
17 jan 2020

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 17 January 2020

For the economy, climate risks are no longer theoretical. Climate crises, like financial crises, will be damaging, unpredictable and almost impossible to avoid. (Wall Street Journal) The problem of an aging global population, shown by country. Why a declining global workforce means labor shortages. (Visual Capitalist) Have your say on economic development, equality, health & education and other UN’s sustainability goals. Interactive quiz lets you find out how your priorities compare. (The Guardian) After almost two years of hostilities, the US and China signed a "phase one"...
10 jan 2020

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

  A year full of danger. 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. (Inter Press Service) What to do about economic inequality? Economic inequality has burgeoned as income from capital has risen faster than growth. (Social Europe) Rising debt burdens are forcing some of the world’s poorest countries to slash already meager levels of public spending. Why campaigners are issuing a warning. (Financial Times) International NGOs are coming under fire for perpetuating the power dynamics of colonization through their work. Tips for...
07 jan 2020

Bank Vice President holds talks with African Union Commission on agriculture, water and human capital development

I recently travelled to the African Union Commission headquarters for a series of high-level talks to advance the role of the African Development Bank as broker of interventions designed to help feed Africa and improve the quality of life for people across the continent. Joining me on the mission to Addis Ababa were the Bank’s senior management and specialists in agriculture and nutrition. The primary reason for our visit was a meeting with Her Excellency Ambassador Josefa Sacko, the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and her team, to map out a joint plan between...
03 jan 2020

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

  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...
20 déc 2019

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

2. How much do the “12 Days of Christmas” cost, anyway? Gift items cited in popular Christmas song, tallied in PNC Christmas Price Index. (KRQE News) 3. What was the big story in economics over the last decade? Ten scholars from the Brookings Economics Studies program weigh in. (Brookings Institute) 4. What if the global economy’s luck runs out? Trade tensions have eased and markets are steady, but politicians must make growth inclusive. (The Guardian) 5. The changing face of economics. New portrait series of economists charts a field that evolving – but slowly. (Financial Times)...
17 déc 2019

The world won’t meet Sustainable Development Goals without Africa

I recently participated in the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting panel Going Faster Together: Scientific Priorities for Africa, held in Addis Ababa. Grand Challenges is a global family of grant initiatives and partners focused on fostering innovation to solve the world’s most pressing health and development problems. Organized on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the panel explored the role of science for good, and for growth in Africa. Flanked by experts from the African Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health (USA), the African Union Development Agency...