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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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Tackling Climate Change Through Sustainable Investment: All in a Treaty?

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
27. August 2018

To accelerate the shift away from unsustainable investments to Paris/SDG-compatible investments, The Creative Disrupters — a team of international lawyers, economists, policy advisers and communications experts — proposes the 'Treaty on Sustainable Investment for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation'. The Treaty, which is one of the winners of the Stockholm Treaty Lab contest, is structured around three building blocks: demoting unsustainable investments; promoting sustainable investments; and ensuring a just transition to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, climate-friendly and resilient economies…

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The Future of Trust and Integrity

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Global Policy
27. August 2018

Corruption is both a symptom and a consequence of today’s fractured world. Widely recognised as an obstacle to stability, growth, equity and the competitiveness of economies, corruption is a strategic risk for every business leader and an inescapable concern for government. The white paper identifies three key dimensions – institutional, behavioural and technological – of trust and integrity and their corresponding catalysts for effecting positive change in sociopolitical systems. Furthermore, it highlights the correlation between higher levels of corruption and…

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