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The contribution of international business investment to the Sustainable Development Goals

OECD  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
18. April 2019

Many developing countries are now involved in the production of increasingly sophisticated goods and services that feed into the integrated international production networks of multinational enterprises (MNEs). In 2010, developing countries came to account for over 50 per cent of global FDI inflows for the first time. In addition, some developing countries, in particular among the upper middle income group, are becoming increasingly important outward investors and now account for a quarter of global FDI outflows (up from around 12-13…

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Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Planning Processes

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
18. April 2019

This study aims to offer guidance to governments and their partners on how to engage the private sector in the National Adaption Plan (NAP) process. Private sector engagement in the NAP process, for the purposes of this paper, is defined as the meaningful involvement of private sector actors—ranging in size, sector, motivation and whether they operate in the formal or informal sector—in the planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation planning processes. Governments remain the overall owners and…

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New Technology and Emerging Occupations: Evidence from Asia

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
18. April 2019

In this paper, we investigate the emergence of new occupations by comparing various classifications of occupations and predicting probabilities to access them given workers’ characteristics. Systematic comparisons of successive lists of National Classification of Occupations in India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Viet Nam find that most new job titles are primarily information and communication technology- and data-related positions within professional and associate professional occupational divisions. When utilizing microdata of India and Viet Nam, we find that emerging occupations, defined as…

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Creating Impact. The Promise of Impact Investing

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
18. April 2019

This report takes stock of the market for impact investing and examines the conditions that would allow the market to grow and realize its potential. Over the last decade, impact investing has gained prominence as an approach to investment that aims to achieve both financial returns and social or environmental goals. This has created a dynamic but somewhat disorganized market of diverse participants, standards, and concepts. Although still small, the market is attracting considerable interest, and it has the potential…

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Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. April 2019

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of sustainable finance. Prepared by more than 60 UN agencies, programmes and offices and other relevant international organizations, the report puts forward a set of policy recommendations for achieving tangible progress on financing for sustainable development in 2019 and beyond. Green Growth Knowledge Platform | Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019

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Beyond the Gap : How Countries Can Afford the Infrastructure They Need while Protecting the Planet

Green Growth Knowledge Platform  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. April 2019

This report aims to shift the debate regarding investment needs away from a simple focus on spending more and toward a focus on spending better on the right objectives, using relevant metrics. It does so by offering a careful and systematic approach to estimating the funding needs to close the service gaps in water and sanitation, transportation, electricity, irrigation, and flood protection. Exploring thousands of scenarios, this report finds that funding needs depend on the service goals and policy choices of low- and middle-income countries and could…

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Emerging Risks for Emerging Economies

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
12. April 2019

The US Federal Reserve's pause on further monetary-policy tightening has fueled a revival of capital inflows. But, given the uncertainties about US policy and Chinese growth prospects, it is too early to conclude that emerging economies are out of the woods. Suddenly it seems that emerging-market economies have gained a respite. Capital flows to these economies dried up in the second half of last year as the US Federal Reserve raised its policy rate for five consecutive quarters and shrank…

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Making Digital Platforms Work for Development

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. April 2019

Digital platforms create new opportunities for companies of all sizes to engage in trade. They can lead to efficiency gains through lower transaction costs and reduced information asymmetries supported by rating systems. Other benefits include lower consumer prices, increased market access, more competition, better use of underutilized resources and increased flexibility for the providers of services. However, gains are not automatic, and there are growing concerns over the rising market power of certain platforms and the related implications for competition,…

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