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Eco-Innovation in South African Manufacturing Enterprises: Trends and Benefits

Human Sciences Research Council  
Policy Initiative: Innovation and Economic Diversification
15. January 2018

This policy brief, published by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), examines how innovative manufacturing enterprises have embarked on eco-innovative initiatives and contribute to sustainable manufacturing. The research results indicate that the refined petroleum, coke and nuclear fuel sector and the food and beverage sector are the most likely to introduce innovations with environmental benefits. The percentage of innovation-active enterprises is much higher than the percentage of enterprises that introduce innovations with environmental benefits. This shows that there is an 'eco-innovation gap'…

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Smart Cities Movement in BRICS

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
15. January 2018

Urbanisation creates as many opportunities for societies as it does a gamut of challenges. Globally, more and more nations are pondering the concept of a ‘smart city,’ and examining the suitability of applying so-called smart solutions to the multifaceted problems of cities. This publication by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) documents the experiences of BRICS countries with specific methodologies and reform measures they have employed to make their cities smart and liveable. The papers cover a wide range of subjects,…

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How India is Moving Toward a Digital-First Economy

Harvard Business Review  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
8. January 2018

This article, published by the Harvard Business Review (HBR), analyses India's digital transformation, with focus on the country's demonetisation and large-scale tax reform (GST). It argues that the benefits of digital transformation in the provision of government does not happen quickly, while costs are rather concentrated in the near-term — which explains the resistance of status-quo interests against technology-led disruptions. Moreover, the article explains why digital disruption by government has not kept pace with disruption in business, and debates how…

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Riding the Wave : An East Asian Miracle for the 21st Century

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Other
8. January 2018

Developing East Asia has led the way in showing how rapid and broadly shared growth can lift millions out of poverty. This book, published by the World Bank, shows that the region has achieved even more: the wave of prosperity across the region since the 1980s has lifted three out of five of its citizens into economic security, where their risk of falling into poverty is minimal. However, there is no guarantee that inclusive growth—growth that reduces extreme poverty while delivering upward…

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A Decade of BRICS: Indian Perspectives for the Future

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Other
8. January 2018

As the BRICS grouping nears a decade of existence, this publication by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) offers commentary from pre-eminent scholars and emerging next-generation researchers on measures that can separate and insulate the group from the vagaries of international discord. It provides area-specific insights and recommendations to promote a greater focus on key issues important to each BRICS nation and the continued institutionalisation of the grouping. The chapters cover the following themes: governance, development, energy, health, gender, security, smart cities, and the…

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Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities for India

Brookings  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
8. January 2018

India sits at the nub of the crisis of the current high carbon model of development. It is not responsible for this crisis and it can legitimately argue that it must not bear the costs of adapting and mitigating its consequences. However, it cannot escape the reality that it is amongst the most vulnerable nations to global warming. This working paper, published by Brookings, identifies five factors that define the reality of India’s energy sector and argues that these factors should…

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Pathways for Meeting India’s Climate Goals

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. December 2017

Over the past decade, India has taken several steps to address climate change while supporting long-term development objectives. This paper, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), analyzes the climate change mitigation goals that have been set and the key policies that have been and are being implemented. The objective is threefold: to enhance understanding of India’s goals, to evaluate implementation progress, and to identify opportunities for enhancing ambition.   WRI | Pathways for Meeting India’s Climate Goals

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Climate Investment Opportunities in South Asia – An IFC Analysis

International Finance Corporation  
29. December 2017

The report, published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), examines how the region’s nascent “green” markets can unlock trillions in investment. Focusing on options by key sectors and by country, the in-depth analysis shows how creating markets for climate-resilient urban infrastructure—including water and waste management, climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy, sustainable transport, and green and resilient buildings, among others—can transform the region’s future.   IFC | Climate Investment Opportunities in South Asia - An IFC Analysis    

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