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Regional Migration Governance: Contributions to a Sustainable International Migration Architecture

German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik  
Policy Initiative: Inclusive Solutions on Migration
19. February 2018

The global migration architecture is in crisis. Its core characteristic – the historical division into an international protection regime and a labour migration regime – no longer adequately responds to the realities of global mobility. In light of this issue, this briefing paper, published by the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), gives a brief introduction into forms of regional cooperation on migration and discusses strengths and weaknesses of regional migration governance. Finally, it provides recommendations on how to strengthen…

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Understanding the Innovation Landscape in India: A Study of Twenty Innovators (Individuals and Enterprises)

Institute for Competitiveness  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
19. February 2018

This study, developed by the Institute for Competitiveness (IFC), is aimed at understanding the research and innovation landscape in India. It also highlights the challenges faced by the companies and individual innovators in India. Finally, the study reflects upon the increasing numbers of companies in India looking at innovation rather than imitation as a key success lever for competitive advantage.   IFC |  Understanding the Innovation Landscape in India: A Study of Twenty Innovators (Individuals and Enterprises)

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A Primer on Blockchain Technology and its Potential for Financial Inclusion

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
19. February 2018

Almost any technology comes with new risks, and blockchains are no exception to this rule. Although blockchains can provide a very high level of safety and immutability, it depends on the concrete design of the implementation whether this potential is realised. This paper, published by the German Development Institute (DIE), addresses the potential of blockchain technologies to improve (international) payments and land registries. Bitcoin-enabled payments were the first application of blockchain technology, and frictionless (international) payments are an essential part of…

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The Digital Transformation and the Transformation of International Trade

The E15 Initiative  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
19. February 2018

The digital transformation has facilitated old modes of trade and business models and enabled the creation of entirely new ones. Digital disruption is being felt across all modes of trade: digital versions of products or services compete with physically embodied versions; and digital distribution/facilitation business models compete with traditional distribution business models. Net neutrality, digital market access, data localisation and freedom of cross-border data flows, privacy, and conditions of competition are just a few of the regulatory issues raised as…

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Cities in the Circular Economy: An Initial Exploration

Ellen MacArthur Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. February 2018

This paper by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation outlines some of the challenges cities in Asia are facing in today’s linear economy, explores the alternative of a ‘circular city’, and collates research to date on the benefits of a circular economy for cities. Finally, it outlines outstanding questions on the topic, suggesting possible avenues of research for the future.   Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Cities in the Circular Economy: An Initial Exploration

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Eight Futures of Work: Scenarios and their Implications

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. February 2018

Eight Futures of Work: Scenarios and their Implications, a White Paper published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), presents various possible visions of what the future of work might look like by the year 2030. Based on how different combinations of three core variables—the rate of technological change and its impact on business models; the evolution of learning among the current and future workforce; and the magnitude of talent mobility across geographies—are likely to influence the nature of work in the future,…

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Can South-East Asia Meet Global Sustainability Goals?

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. February 2018

The economic bloc of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often cited as an economic success story. Its combined GDP per capita increased from $122 in 1967 to $4,021 in 2017, and expectations for growth remain high. But this tells just one part of its story. Combined economic indicators obscure an important reality: that over 90 million people in the region live in poverty. Socially, culturally and politically, South-East Asia is incredibly complex. That its challenges are often…

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Climate Risk and Financial Institutions

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. February 2018

Climate change creates risks and opportunities for the private sector in emerging markets, and may impact the performance of financial institutions and the companies they invest in. Recognising knowledge gaps in how climate change will affect the private sector over shorter time horizons, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has published Climate Risk and Financial Institutions, a publication that covers climate-related risks material to financial institutions, including commercial banks, institutional investors, and international financial institutions.   IFC | Climate Risk and…

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