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Croissance économique, développement social et humain

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

12 nov 2019

The Africa Investment Forum: An Accelerator For Africa’s Agricultural Transformation

This week, business leaders, project developers, development finance professionals, institutional investors representing pension and sovereign wealth funds, as well as policymakers meet in Johannesburg for the second Africa Investment Forum convened by the African Development Bank. The Forum is an innovative marketplace – dedicated to moving development ideas and projects to bankability, to mobilizing capital, and to accelerating the financial closure of deals that can improve the lives of millions of people. Among other things, the Africa Investment Forum has the potential to...
08 nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 08 November 2019

  2. What is ‘ecological economics’ and why do we need to talk about it? Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development, rather than the traditional economic concerts of efficiency and growth. (The Conversation Australia) 3. Toward human-centered capitalism. Exploring a new social contract. (Brookings Institution) 4. Big central banks move to wait-and-see mode. Has interest rate cutting to loosen global financial conditions run its course? (Reuters) 5. Development economists who go small have a point. Economists who insist on addressing only the biggest,...
01 nov 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 01 November 2019

2. Here are the countries on the brink of recession going into 2020. Forbes list comes amid a global slowdown in economic growth. (Forbes) 3. If we’re serious about changing the world, we need a better kind of economics to do it. So say two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel prize in economics sciences. (The Guardian) 4. The Internet turns 50 this week. Why one Rutgers sociologist says every new innovation is a step on a path started by the earliest humans to express and extend ourselves. (NBC News) 5.Promoting women’s economic development. How can behaviors determined by strong...
25 oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 25 October 2019

2. Better seed quality, concerns over climate change top agenda at World Food Prize. Your wrap of this year’s ceremony. (Devex) 3. Globalization is ending. Here’s how to prepare for what’s next. (Barron’s) 4. The global boom in non-bank financing. Where is the money going? (Financial Times) 5. Geospatial peacekeeping: How soldiers and technology can help fight poverty. (Brookings Institution) 6. United States trade war collateral damage is being felt from the fjords of Iceland to the auto factories of Japan. Track the wave. (NASDAQ.com) 7. Locking China out of the dollar system...
18 oct 2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 18 October 2019

2. How the three Nobel Winners for Economics upended the fight against poverty. Their work in practice, explained. (NPR) 3. Esther Duflo is only the second woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics. And a major newspaper headline still referred to her as “wife” of another Laureate. (MarketWatch) 4. The world’s food system costs trillions in poor health and ecological damage. On World Food Day, there was a call for governments and researchers to commit to more-regular audits of these unseen expenses. (Nature) 5. Do a country’s inhabitants get happier as it gets richer? Most...
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...