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Hitting the Trillion Mark — A Look at How Much Countries Are Spending on Infrastructure

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
8. February 2019

The paper provides the first consistently estimated data set on infrastructure investments in low- and middle-income countries. To do so, the authors identify three possible proxies for infrastructure investments: two are variants on gross fixed capital formation from national accounts system data following ADB (2017) and one is based on fiscal data from the World Bank's BOOST database. Two of these proxies rely on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure database to capture the private share of infrastructure investments.…

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Realizing the Internet of Things: A Framework for Collective Action

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
8. February 2019

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, global leaders highlighted the development of the internet of things (IoT) as one of the most significant emerging technologies, harbouring the potential for massive societal impact. Recognizing this opportunity, the World Economic Forum, the Auto-ID Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and GS1, the global standards organization, collaborated to help define a path forward while ensuring a shared understanding of the pressing challenges facing the development of IoT. This White…

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Our Shared Digital Future: Responsible Digital Transformation – Board Briefing

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
8. February 2019

By 2022, 60% of global GDP will be digitized. Yet today, only 45% of people trust that technology will improve their lives. Every sector is beginning to face deep questions about what the implications of this transformation will be. WEF| Our Shared Digital Future: Responsible Digital Transformation - Board Briefing

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Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places

Brookings  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
30. January 2019

At first, technologists issued dystopian alarms about the power of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to destroy jobs. Then came a correction, with a wave of reassurances. Now, the discourse appears to be arriving at a more complicated understanding, suggesting that automation will bring neither apocalypse nor utopia, but instead both benefits and stress alike. Such is the ambiguous and sometimes disembodied nature of the “future of work” discussion. Hence the analysis presented here. Intended to bring often-inscrutable trends down…

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Warnings from the Global Trade Cycle

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
30. January 2019

The global trade cycle is facing major stress in 2019, downward revisions have just begun, and the risk of a major slowdown in world GDP growth cannot be minimized. In a still tightly connected world, no major economy will be an oasis. Project Syndicate| Warnings from the Global Trade Cycle

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Transformational change in the Climate Investment Funds: a synthesis of the evidence

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
30. January 2019

This report is a synthesis of evidence gathered on transformational change within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). It complements a parallel evaluation on transformational change in the countries where CIF operates. It is distinguished from the evaluation by a focus on the secondary literature, produced both within and outside CIF. The objective of the evidence synthesis is to enhance understanding of how transformational change happens across the CIF portfolio, in a range of country, sector and technology contexts. CIF was…

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The Rail Freight Challenge for Emerging Economies : How to Regain Modal Share

 
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
30. January 2019

Moving more freight by rail and waterways would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, truck-induced congestion, and noise pollution and contribute to the integrated logistics that are now a hallmark of global supply chains. The timing for the shift is right, because many emerging economies are making significant investments in railways and shippers are responding to public sentiment to reduce the negative impacts of road-related logistics. In the past, most railway organizations adopted a “build and they shall come” approach, modeled on…

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Fiscal Policies for Development and Climate Action

The World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
30. January 2019

Fiscal policies can lay the foundation for low-carbon and climate-resilient development. Building on more than two decades of research in development and environmental economics, this book argues that fiscal instruments are crucial for mitigating and adapting to climate change while raising human welfare. By implementing environmental tax reforms, developing countries can reap a “triple dividend”: cutting pollution, raising economic activity, and generating development cobenefits, such as cleaner water, safer roads, and improvements in human health. These reforms need not harm…

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