Category Archives: COVID-19

The Human Capital Index 2020 update: Human Capital in the time of COVID-19 (World Bank)

The World Bank has recently published “The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19”.  This report presents an update to the Human Capital Index (HCI), using the most recent health and education data available as of 2020. It documents new evidence on trends over time in the HCI, examples of […]
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Diagnosing COVID-19 impacts on entrepreneurship: Exploring policy remedies for recovery (GEM)

Policymakers need to create cohesive, holistic and conducive frameworks in order for entrepreneurs to flourish in a post COVID-19 world. This is among the key takeaways from the new Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report entitled “Diagnosing COVID-19 Impacts on Entrepreneurship – Exploring Policy Remedies for Recovery.” The report is sponsored by Shopify, a leading global […]
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World economic outlook update, June 2020 (IMF)

As with the April 2020 WEO projections, there is a higher-than-usual degree of uncertainty around this forecast. The baseline projection rests on key assumptions about the fallout from the pandemic. In economies with declining infection rates, the slower recovery path in the updated forecast reflects persistent social distancing into the second half of 2020; greater […]
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World investment report 2020 (UNCTAD)

Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) will be under severe pressure this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These vital resources are expected to fall sharply from 2019 levels of $1.5 trillion, dropping well below the trough reached during the global financial crisis and undoing the already lackluster growth in international investment […]
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President Obama’s advice for leaders in a crisis (Inc)

By Jessica Stillman Figuring out how the coronavirus spreads and how your business should respond is incredibly complex. But when it comes to  responding to the current crisis, President Obama’s basic advice for leaders is simple: tell the truth.   The former president spoke to leaders from 300 municipalities on Thursday at  a virtual gathering organized […]
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3 Proven ways to motivate yourself right now (Inc)

By Cathy Huyghe If the grind of working from home has ground down your remaining stores of motivation, you aren’t alone. Though remote working situations (and the positive benefit of them) aren’t new, the unprecedented layers of additional stress from the global pandemic can push you to your limits. Right now, you may need to actively work for your creativity, productivity, and overall […]
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The world’s best banks: The future of banking is digital after Coronavirus (Forbes Africa)

When Citigroup opened 2020, the most ambitious projects at the $2.2 trillion in assets lender involved major partnerships with technology companies best known for their internet, social media and ecommerce platforms.   In China, nearly 70% of the payments that Citigroup handles for customers are done through AliPay, the payments business spawned by Alibaba. Citigroup’s digital payments […]
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How to return to the office (Forbes Africa)

Many employers should adopt a “hybrid” model of office work, with some employees in the office and others working remotely. Clearly communicate phased reopening plans with employees, especially new office protocols, such as testing and wearing masks.  What public experts say  Consider a staggered return. “Offices may consider starting slow by opening with fewer people […]
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Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams (McKinsey & Company)

The 15 themes that offer guidance to boards and executive teams in an effort to manage through crisis and resume work now that companies are planning to return to full activity. Boards must strike the right balance between hope for the future and the realism that organizations need to hear. There are many prognostications on what comes after COVID-19. Many will be helpful. […]
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COVID-19’s impact on the global telecommunications industry (IFC)

The COVID-19 pandemic—perhaps more than any other event in human history— has demonstrated the critical importance that telecommunications infrastructure plays in keeping businesses, governments, and societies connected and running. Because of the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, people across the globe rely on technology for information, for social distancing, and working from […]
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