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Agriculture in Africa 2021 (Oxford Business Group)

Home to 60% of the world’s arable land, Africa has the potential to meet not only its own food needs, but also those of the rest of the world. Agriculture remains one of the most important economic sectors for the continent, employing the majority of the population and accounting for 14% of GDP in sub-Saharan […]
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Technology futures: Projecting the possible, navigating what’s next (WEF)

What lies ahead for us? Although the modern world allows us to know and control so many things, our collective future remains slippery. This seems particularly true this year, as we live through a global pandemic and amid countless existing environmental, economic and political uncertainties. Combining insights from the history of computing, the practical lens […]
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Speed and resilience: Five priorities for the next few months (McKinsey)

As organisations rallied to adapted to the new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, they now have to ensure and achieve long-term resilience and sustain the speed with which they have adapted. To prepare ask the following questions: What kind of demand shift should we expect, and how do we get ready for it? […]
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The global risks report 2021 (WEF)

The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report analyses the risks from societal fractures—manifested through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment and geopolitical fragmentation. Businesses risk a disorderly shakeout which can exclude large cohorts of workers and companies from the markets of the future. Environmental degradation—still an […]
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The world cities report 2020 (UN Habitat)

The World Cities Report 2020 shows that the intrinsic value of sustainable urbanization can and should be harnessed for the wellbeing of all. The Report provides evidence and policy analysis of the value of urbanization from an economic, social and environmental perspective, including the unquantifiable value that gives cities their unique character; and also explores […]
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The workforce preference survey (PWC)

The Workforce Preference Survey provides insights into what matters most to the current and future workforce and how organizations can adapt their brand, financial and non-financial benefits to attract and retain talent. The survey enables a progressive database as it covers a holistic and diverse set of factors, namely 12 focus areas that can influence […]
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OECD Economic outlook 2021 (OECD)

Activity in many sectors has picked up and partially adapted to pandemic restrictions. Vaccine rollout, although uneven, is gaining momentum and government stimulus, particularly in the United States, is likely to provide a major boost to economic activity. But prospects for sustainable growth vary widely between countries and sectors. Faster and more effective vaccination deployment across […]
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The global gender gap index 2020 (WEF)

Now in its 14th year, the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 benchmarks 153 countries on their progress towards gender parity in four dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival and Political Empowerment. In addition, this year’s report examines gender gap prospects in the professions of the future. The report presents a decidedly […]
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The future of work after Covid (McKinsey)

This report on the future of work after COVID-19 is the first of three MGI reports that examine aspects of the postpandemic economy. The others look at the pandemic’s long-term influence on consumption and the potential for a broad recovery led by enhanced productivity and innovation. Here, we assess the lasting impact of the pandemic […]
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Executive directors report 2020 (PWC)

The year 2020 has propelled us into a unique socio-economic environment, and much commentary has been made about the impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of life as we knew it. Within this context, our Executive directors: Practices and remuneration trends report explores the impact of COVID-19 and the local and global recession on executive remuneration arrangements. […]
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