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Economic Transformation

Development is about transformation and governments are expected to acompany this tranformation. However, some unpalatable questions remain in the context that the 21st century offers: what to do and how best to do it, making sure that nobody is left behind, taking into account societal, social and environmental challenges that are emerging from this new context?

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  • 06 July 2020
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Covid-19 and the food crisis in Bangladesh: a proposal for action

Many poor people in developing countries are facing food shortages as a result of the pandemic and the policy response. This column outlines what can...

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  • 25 May 2020
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India and the Covid-19 crisis: radical measures needed

India faces an unprecedented emergency as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. This column calls for radical measures to resurrect the economy over...

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  • 20 April 2020
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Shocks and economic disruption: Networks, insurance, and propagation

How might the economic consequences of the global pandemic spread through an economy? This column reports evidence from a household survey of village...

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  • 30 March 2020
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Global bank regulation: potential effects on access to finance in Africa

The following column builds on consultancy work done for the Centre for Affordable Housing in Africa (CAHF). While global efforts to make banking...

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  • 23 March 2020
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Trade in Africa: formal barriers, informal networks, and global prospects

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which was signed in 2018, aims to give a significant boost to trade within the continent. This column...

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  • 03 February 2020
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Kaizen: strengthening managerial capital in developing countries

Kaizen is an approach to managing organizations that originated in Japan and which aims to improve productivity and quality. This column reports the...

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  • 07 October 2019
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Entrepreneurship and development economics: convergence for better policy

What is the role of entrepreneurship in development? This question has been very topical in recent years as governments embrace the promotion of...

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  • 16 September 2019
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Threats to economic growth in Latin America

Growth in many Latin American economies has been poor in recent years. This column pulls together some of the research evidence on the disruptions...

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  • 02 September 2019
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Job creation in Africa: the potential boost from reliable electricity

Many African countries grapple with high unemployment, particularly among their young people. This column explains how the provision of reliable...

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  • 18 February 2019
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Banking sector reform: lessons from China

Since the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, banking reform in China has focused on developing the ability of the state to supervise and...

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