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Private infrastructure finance in developing countries: five challenges, five solutions

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
10. September 2018

Infrastructure is a crucial driver of economic growth. In developing countries, however, there are significant infrastructure deficits. The G20 estimates that $1.5 trillion will be required annually to plug these deficits and that the money will largely need to come from private sources. While private investment in infrastructure in developing countries has grown significantly over the past 10 years, major challenges remain. These papers explore five challenges that have prevented a greater level of private investment in infrastructure to date,…

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Digital Jobs for Youth : Young Women in the Digital Economy

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
10. September 2018

The Digital Jobs for Youth: Focus on Young Women in the Digital Economy flagship report is primarily intended to provide operational recommendations for the design and implementation of gender-inclusive digital jobs interventions for youth. Using a newly developed digital jobs typology, the report will identify drivers of demand across various categories of digital work. The report will then extract lessons learned in overcoming supply and demand‐side barriers to youth digital employment, based on past and ongoing programs implemented by Solutions…

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Measuring the potential contribution of development finance institutions to economic transformation

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
10. September 2018

Economic transformation is defined as the continuous process of moving labour and other resources from low- to high-productivity sectors (structural change) and raising within-sector productivity growth. Evidence suggests the economic transformation of developing countries drives job creation and improves livelihoods by increasing per capita incomes. With the UK Department for International Development (DFID) channelling increasing amounts of UK aid through development finance institutions (DFIs) as part of the department’s core goal of reducing poverty, it is important to evaluate the extent…

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Webinar Series “Transformations in Work”: First Session on Artificial Intelligence and Employment

 
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
31. August 2018

Dear Members and Friends of EMSD, We would like to warmly invite you to our first session of the new webinar series around the challenging “Transformations in Work.” EMSD is co-organizing this series together with JustJobs Network, an organisation working towards the goal of creating more and better jobs worldwide. Our first session will take place this Thursday, September 6, 4PM (IST), on “Artificial Intelligence and Employment” with Ekkehard Ernst from the ILO. For more Information to this and future…

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Mitigation Policies for the Paris Agreement: An Assessment for G20 Countries

International Monetary Fund  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
31. August 2018

Following submission of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation commitments (by 169 countries) for the 2015 Paris Agreement, policymakers are considering specific policy actions to implement these commitments. To help guide policy, it is helpful to have a quantitative framework for understanding: the main impacts (on GHGs, fiscal balances, the domestic environment, economic welfare, and distributional incidence) of emissions pricing; trade-offs between pricing and other (commonly used) mitigation instruments; and why, and to what extent, needed policies and their impacts differ across…

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The Digital Transformation Imperative: An IDB Science and Business Innovation Agenda for the New Industrial Revolution

Inter-American Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
31. August 2018

Taking full advantage of the opportunities brought by the digital economy requires transforming Latin American and Caribbean's productive sectors and firms. Digital technologies such as the Internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and cloud computing along with increasing connectivity are transforming the economy and production processes into what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This publication outlines the implications of the unfolding digital revolution, characterizing it as both an opportunity and a risk for Latin America…

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Behind the Scenes of Impact Investment Policy-Making

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
31. August 2018

There is growing interest in how impact investing can achieve both domestic and international development policy goals, as well as some recognition that governments can help to build the market and scale the investment approach within the mainstream financial industry. Drivers for government involvement in impact-investing are complex. Even so, three broad themes have emerged which, although not exhaustive, provide some insight into the drivers and accelerators for government interest: – Action agendas and global momentum, such as the Sustainable…

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When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
30. August 2018

Talk of trade tariffs and heightened geopolitical tensions are dominating news headlines recently. As developed economies consider escalating protectionist policies, it’s easy to forget about the situation many emerging markets face. As outlined in the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report released in June this year, protectionist policies would affect emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) more severely than advanced economies. And this is at a time where increased investment and spending in EMDEs, including in infrastructure, is sorely needed.…

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