Tag Archives: COVID19

Global state of small business report (Facebook)

Small businesses are the heart of our communities – and they are the unsung heroes of the global economy. From coffee shops, bookstores and restaurants to plumbers, wedding planners and graphic designers, small businesses create jobs and growth in every country, helping to reduce poverty and income inequality. But they are facing the challenge of […]
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State of the connected world 2020 (WEF)

Spurred by continued technological advancement, the world today is more connected than ever. This presents a tremendous opportunity to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all, but it also introduces new risks and governance challenges in areas such as security, privacy and the fair distribution of benefits. The global COVID-19 pandemic has made […]
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Job creation and local economic development 2020: Rebuilding better (OECD)

The OECD has just published the report “Job Creation and Local Economic Development 2020: Rebuilding Better.“ The impact of COVID-19 on local jobs and workers dwarfs those of the 2008 global financial crisis. The 2020 edition of Job Creation and Local Economic Development considers the short-term impacts on local labour markets as well as the longer-term implications […]
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The impact of COVID-19 on SME financing: A special edition of the OECD financing SMEs and enterpreneurs scoreboard (OECD)

The OECD has just published the report “The impact of COVID-19 on SME financing: A special edition of the OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs Scoreboard.” The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on SME access to finance. In particular, the sudden drop in revenues created acute liquidity shortages, threatening the survival of many viable businesses. The […]
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Special report: African banking and finance (Financial Times)

Investors electrify South African banks’ in their sustainability push; Africa’s booming tech hub of Lagos braces as Covid-19 bites; and the Kenyan banking group set on regional dominance. Plus, Ethiopia’s steps towards banking reforms. Financial Times special reports provide in-depth FT coverage of countries around the world, as well as industries from tech to luxury, […]
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Poverty and shared prosperity 2020: Reversals of fortune (World Bank)

The Poverty and Shared Prosperity series provides a global audience with the latest and most accurate estimates on trends in global poverty and shared prosperity. For more than two decades, extreme poverty was steadily declining. Now, for the first time in a generation, the quest to end poverty has suffered its worst setback. Poverty and […]
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Economic development in Africa report 2020 (UNCTAD)

In the aftermath of the current coronavirus disease pandemic, African countries will need to intensify their resource mobilization efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The multidisciplinary methodology adopted in the “Economic Development in Africa Report 2020: Tackling Illicit Financial Flows for Sustainable Development in Africa” is geared towards tackling the relationship between […]
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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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Digital transformation: Powering the great reset (WEF)

COVID-19 is a watershed moment for the digital transformation of business. The rules for success have changed and are ever more reliant on harnessing the power of digital models to create new value and experiences. Accelerating digital transformation, with purpose, is essential for companies to survive and thrive in the new normal. Successful leaders will […]
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Housing and inclusive growth (OECD)

The OECD has just published the report: “Housing and Inclusive Growth.”  Housing is key to inclusive growth. It is the biggest spending item of household budgets, the main driver of wealth accumulation and biggest source of debt for most households. Housing and the neighbourhood in which people live also have important implications for individual health, employment and […]
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