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Can South-East Asia Meet Global Sustainability Goals?

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. February 2018

The economic bloc of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often cited as an economic success story. Its combined GDP per capita increased from $122 in 1967 to $4,021 in 2017, and expectations for growth remain high. But this tells just one part of its story. Combined economic indicators obscure an important reality: that over 90 million people in the region live in poverty. Socially, culturally and politically, South-East Asia is incredibly complex. That its challenges are often…

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Climate Risk and Financial Institutions

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. February 2018

Climate change creates risks and opportunities for the private sector in emerging markets, and may impact the performance of financial institutions and the companies they invest in. Recognising knowledge gaps in how climate change will affect the private sector over shorter time horizons, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has published Climate Risk and Financial Institutions, a publication that covers climate-related risks material to financial institutions, including commercial banks, institutional investors, and international financial institutions.   IFC | Climate Risk and…

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China’s Digital Economy Is a World Leader, But It Still Faces Challenges

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. February 2018

China’s digital economy is a force to be reckoned with. The country now accounts for 42% of global e-commerce, boasts one-third of the world’s most successful tech startups, and conducts 11 times more mobile payments than the United States per year. However, as stated by this article published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), there are still major challenges ahead. In order to harness the digital economy’s potential while avoiding downside risks, China will need to build fair and inclusive social institutions that protect…

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How Emerging Economies Can Take Advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
5. February 2018

Now, in the 21st century, a wave of new innovations is defining the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This 4IR is also an arrival of the new techno-economic paradigm, and thus, as argued by this article published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), could also be a window of opportunity for latecomers to leapfrog into new sectors as they are not locked into the existing technologies.   WEF | How Emerging Economies Can Take Advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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China’s Green Opportunity

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
5. February 2018

China is now the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitter, accounting for over 25% of the global total. However, this article, published by Project Syndicate, argues that the country has also demonstrated a growing understanding that a truly green economy promises to improve quality of life and create enormous opportunities for technological and political leadership.   Project Syndicate | China’s Green Opportunity

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Making Blended Finance Work for the Sustainable Development Goals

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
5. February 2018

The global community has spoken loud and clear: more resources must be mobilised to end extreme poverty and mitigate the effects of climate change. Blended finance - an approach to mix different forms of capital in support of development - is emerging as an important solution to help raise resources for the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. But scaling up blended finance without a good understanding of its risks could have unintended consequences for development co-operation providers. This report,…

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Financing Infrastructure in Asia: Capturing Impacts and New Sources

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. February 2018

Governments throughout the Asia-Pacific region recognise the catalysing role of infrastructure investment for sustainable growth. Yet, they are faced with the problem of financing new infrastructure. This book, published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), provides the latest evidence on the impact of infrastructure investment on economic and social indicators. Presenting several country studies, the book explains how infrastructure investment can increase output, taxes, trade, and firm productivity. Based on this evidence, the book proposes innovative modes of infrastructure financing.  …

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A Digital India Must Embrace the Circular Economy

Chatham House  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
5. February 2018

The latest Global E-Waste Monitor places India as one of the highest contributors to global e-waste, generating over 2 million metric tonnes in 2016. Posing serious health and environmental risks, growing e-waste represents the hidden cost of increasingly digital lives in an information society. This expert comment, published by the Chatham House, tables current challenges to the management and recycling of the growing amount of e-waste in India and discusses options for drawing attention the broader sustainability of a digital…

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