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The Future of Women at Work: Transitions in the Age of Automation

McKinsey & Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
7. June 2019

In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Technology adoption could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Globally, 40 million to 160 million women may need to transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. If they make these transitions, women could find more productive, better paid work; if they don’t, they could face a growing wage gap or leaving the labor market. Men and women…

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Sino-Indian Partnership for SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Observer Reserach Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
7. June 2019

The Sino-Indian partnership on various development agendas is founded on the long shared historical and economics association between India and China. These two most populous countries of the world will play a crucial role in shaping the energy, economic and environmental dynamics of the world in the 21st century. Both the countries face similar driving forces in terms of solving the complicated inter-linkages between population growth, economic development, security and international partnerships in the realm of energy. The bilateral partnerships…

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From Mobility to Access for All: Expanding Urban Transportation Choices in the Global South

World Resource Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
7. June 2019

Many cities are experiencing a decline in access to jobs, services and people due to a confluence of two trends: rapid urbanization and motorization. Lack of access afflicts both low-income communities scattered throughout the city and low- to medium-income people living in suburbs and peripheral settlements who use private cars and motorcycles on long, congested commutes. We define these groups as underserved – those who face restricted access to opportunities because of poor location or poor transport choices. This paper…

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Innovation Outlook: Smart charging for electric vehicles

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
24. May 2019

Electric vehicles (EVs) hold the key to unleash synergies between clean transport and low-carbon electricity. Just as future transport must be increasingly electrified, future power systems must make maximum use of variable renewable energy sources. Smart charging for EVs minimises their load impact and unlocks the flexibility to use more solar and wind power. This outlook from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows how policy and technological breakthroughs can advance the development of this key enabling technology for renewables.…

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From theory to practice: Perspectives on Climate-Smart agriculture in India and Africa

Observer Reserach Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
24. May 2019

As global food production faces the negative consequences of climate change, best practices in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) must be promoted to achieve food security. This requires adequate financial and human resources to be channeled to the upscaling of CSA activities in high-impact, priority areas. Considering India and Africa’s complementary sectoral priorities and their similar roles in evolving global food markets, various opportunities exist for their collaboration in the agricultural sector. The two regions can share expertise in areas of technology…

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Gender Equality, Infrastructure and PPPs

PPP Knowledge Lab  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
24. May 2019

The World Bank Group prepared this primer as an important first step toward gender equality in PPP projects. The primer consolidates and draws from a wide spectrum of examples that cut across sectors to demonstrate how infrastructure, its development, and the policies and regulations governing its construction and operation, can play a role in closing gaps between women and men. It pinpoints approaches for ensuring that projects not only do no harm, but also serve as vehicles for empowerment, providing…

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Greening Construction: The Role of Carbon Pricing

International Finance Corporation - The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
24. May 2019

Putting a price on carbon can be an effective way for governments and organizations across sectors to effectively alter behavior in favor of lower-carbon choices. The construction value chain is a com­plex, highly fragmented mix of life-cycle stages, delivery models, and stakeholders, with few incentives to consider climate change impacts. Carbon pricing is yet to achieve its potential when it comes to driving behavior change in construction. This study explores how carbon pricing mechanisms can be designed better to more…

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Data Collaboration for the Common Good: Enabling Trust and Innovation Through Public-Private Partnerships

World Economic Forum & McKinsey and Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
24. May 2019

This report, done in collaboration with McKinsey and Company, represents a year-long effort with business, government, civil society leaders, experts and practitioners to advance public-private data collaboration to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. The report provides a holistic governance framework designed to strengthen trust, balance competing interests and deliver impact. It offers insights to balance both the need to innovate in the use of data and the mandate to protect vulnerable populations against…

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