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Climate Change Impacts on Africa’s Economic Growth

African Development Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
5. June 2020

This report assesses economic growth and development risks and opportunities for African countries in two scenarios of future climate changes: a low scenario that until mid-century is consistent with the Paris Agreement (well below 2˚C, pursue 1.5°C) and a high-warming scenario (2˚C by 2050, exceeding 4˚C by 2100). It highlights the risks to which African countries are exposed and the benefits of mitigation for economic growth and development. African Development Bank Group | Climate Change Impacts on Africa’s Economic Growth

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Power Sector

International Financial Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

Power is essential for driving economic growth, especially in emerging markets. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7—Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all—is a necessary precondition for progress on many other SDGs, including those concerning health, education, industry, sustainable cities, and more. Emerging markets are especially vulnerable to these developments. Despite greater access to power in developing countries, over 789 million people across the globe remain in the dark. COVID-19 has had an impact on the…

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The Impact of Nonperforming Loans on Cross-Border Bank Lending: Implications for Emerging Market Economies

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
5. June 2020

This brief suggests how policy makers can tackle the likely rise in nonperforming loans (NPLs) as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to prevent a debt crisis. It investigates the role of NPLs in cross-border bank lending by globally active banks in advanced economies. It notes that rising NPLs could trigger global banks’ withdrawal from emerging economies: during 2000–2017, globally active lenders withdrew capital from emerging market borrowers when NPLs rose. The brief emphasises how early and even preemptive…

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COVID-19, Infrastructure and Women

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

As we have seen, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not gender-neutral, with the majority of frontline health and care workers being women and the increase in gender-based violence. In fact, the experience from other crises in the late 2000s—such as the Great Recession and Ebola—shows that gender inequalities widen during periods of economic turmoil. Policymakers have identified a range of important short-term and long-term solutions. While governments are rightly focused on short-term survival, it is important not to…

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First Came Cancellations, Then Came Stimulus Tracking Infrastructure Sentiments Through COVID-19 Using (Big) Textual Data

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
5. June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the world, infrastructure development has undoubtedly been impacted. However, timely consolidated data on infrastructure developments and sentiments are often lacking. Conventional data series will come with a long lag. This research explores some unconventional data—online textual information—to track the economic impact of the outbreak. In a time of crisis, getting timely data of the latest developments is more important than ever. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank | First Came Cancellations, Then Came Stimulus Tracking Infrastructure…

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Rethinking Eskom: Lessons from Electricity Sector Reform in India and Mexico

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
29. May 2020

South Africa is debating the reform of its heavily indebted state-owned electricity utility Eskom. This paper explores two international examples of electricity sector reform in emerging economies with comparable characteristics - India and Mexico. It finds that the "standard model"  of electricity sector reform does not adequately address the challenges facing the sector. In addition, reforms should consider the South African context and impacts beyond economic efficiency and consider the need to keep prices affordable for the poor, vulnerable, and small,…

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Financing and Debt Management for Emerging Market Economies

The Brookings Institution  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
29. May 2020

Two of the major issues in the economic management of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis are how to guarantee financing for emerging and developing countries, and how to manage their outstanding debts. The magnitude of the challenge is immense: Both the IMF Managing Director and UNCTAD have argued that the world needs $2.5 trillion of financing for these countries. This article suggests that the way forward should be a mix of heterogeneous debt solutions and a major increase of financing from…

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The Day After COVID-19 and Saving Emerging Markets

Atlantic Coundil  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
25. May 2020

Emerging markets contribute one-third of global gross domestic product (GDP) and their output was projected to have amounted to half of global GDP between 2026 and 2030. The factors that have traditionally made emerging markets attractive are their demographics and productivity cost of labor. These are also some of the reasons why emerging markets are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis and associated economic fallout. There is a need for decisive global action by G20 countries that translates into a…

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