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Governing Infrastructure Regulators in Fragile Environments: Principles and Implementation Manual

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
26. July 2019

Countries exiting conflict and fragility face many urgent priorities and almost invariably suffer from substantial infrastructure deficits. There is typically very little infrastructure investment during periods of fragility and conflict, and existing installations are often damaged or destroyed. The purpose of this manual is to contribute to improvements in the quality of infrastructure regulation. It does so by identifying key principles for the governance of infrastructure regulators and by suggesting how these principles can be introduced successfully and maintained over…

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Principles, Priorities and Pathways for Inclusive Green Economies: Economic Transformation to Deliver the SDGs

Green Economy Coalition  
26. July 2019

Since the industrial revolution, our economies have delivered huge advances in material prosperity. But this progress is increasingly imperilled by the very economic models which made it possible. But today, economies are still measured and managed in ways that incentivise overconsumption, damage nature and social bonds, and drive climate change. Significant economic, societal and institutional changes are now needed if the 2030 commitments and climate goals are to be achieved. When national governments and businesses alike are preparing active responses…

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Local Benefit Sharing in Large-Scale Wind and Solar Projects

International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group  
26. July 2019

Local benefit sharing is about ensuring that host and impacted communities receive value from industrial projects located on their lands, in the form of social, economic, and environmental gains. This paper specifically focuses on local-level benefit-sharing approaches deployed by wind and solar projects and ways that these approaches can be optimized to create value for developers and operators and host communities. It underscores the importance of promoting equity in the local level benefit sharing mechanisms sponsored by wind and solar…

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The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
26. July 2019

This companion report to the World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work addresses the key themes of creating productive jobs and addressing the needs of those left behind. It builds on and contextualises some of WDR 2019’s main messages to key specificities of the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. It focuses on how global trends especially the adoption of digital technologies may change the nature of work in SSA by creating new opportunities and challenges. The report is…

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Mobility Developments in 21st Century China: Snapshots, Dynamics & Future Perspectives

Sustainable Transport in China (GIZ China)  
19. July 2019

In order to develop a holistic understanding of the Chinese transport sector, the report begins by comparing and contrasting the Chinese and German transport sectors and their related industries and players. The report then moves on to explore and debate contemporary Chinese mobility trends before providing an outlook on the future of mobility in China. By making use of expert interviews with transport stakeholders, the report assesses and discusses possible future directions within the Chinese transport sector and outlines challenges…

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Knowledge and Experiences from the 13th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

International Institute for Envrionment and Development  
19. July 2019

The Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) conference is the leading forum for CBA practitioners to share solutions, experience and learning, while developing the ideas that will inspire greater climate ambition. The 13th CBA conference brought together over 300 experienced practitioners — grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors — to discuss how to build a climate resilient future. Delegates discussed issues central to implementation of the Paris Agreement including: finance, technology, informed policy, gender and monitoring and evaluation. International…

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World Trade Organization 2.0: Reforming Multilateral Trade Rules for the Digital Age

Centre for International Governance Innovation  
19. July 2019

The rules-based framework, as instantiated in rules established under the World Trade Organization (WTO), is not equipped to address the issues that are emerging under the technological conditions generated by the digital transformation. The emerging knowledge-based and data-driven economy features incentives for strategic trade and investment policy and a confluence of factors contributing to market failure at a global scale; digital social media and platform business models have raised concerns with calls for regulation affecting cross-border data flows; and newfound security…

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The Digital Revolution and Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungsforschung  
19. July 2019

This report that focuses on the Digital Revolution is the second one by The World in 2050 initiative (TWI2050) that was established by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and other partners to provide scientific foundations for the 2030 Agenda. This report is based on the voluntary and collaborative effort of 45 authors and contributors from about 20 institutions, and some 100 independent experts from academia, business, government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all the regions of the world,…

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