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Mobile Money in Emerging Markets: The Business Case for Financial Inclusion

McKinsey&Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
19. March 2018

Mobile money systems offer a dual promise, as an engine for financial inclusion and as an emerging market business opportunity for providers. Most people and small businesses in emerging economies today do not fully participate in the formal financial system. Two billion individuals and 200 million small businesses in emerging economies today lack access to formal savings and credit. They transact exclusively in cash, have no safe way to save and invest their money, and must rely on informal lenders…

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Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
19. March 2018

This report, published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small businesses globally.   IFC | Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age

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Closing Gender Gaps Essential to Sustainable Development

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Other
19. March 2018

This year International Women’s Day theme - Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 - has put the spotlight on the gender gap, which has slid backwards in terms of progress: According to World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Index, South Asia is projected to close their gender gap in 46 years, Western Europe in 61 years, Latin America in 72 years and Sub-Saharan Africa in 79 years. Globally, it would take us another 170 years to achieve…

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Circular Economy in Cities: Evolving the Model for a Sustainable Urban Future

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. March 2018

This whitepaper, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), traces the conceptual underpinnings of the circular economy, and explains why cities are key to accelerating the transition away from the traditional ‘take-make-dispose’ model. It draws on examples from cities around the world in areas including channelling used building materials to new building sites, water harvesting and reuse, reducing energy use, electronic waste, healthcare and procurement. It explains the opportunities in the circular economy for all stakeholders and the ways in which…

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Here’s Why Latin Americans Will Thrive in the Age of the Robots

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
12. March 2018

Due to Latin America's challenging skills gap, a greater proportion of Latin America’s workforce needs to “reskill” for the new or modified jobs that will be created by intelligent technologies. Without decisive action, workers displaced by automation could wind up in informal work, further depressing wage rates at the low end of the income ladder, and threatening the precious progress Latin America has made in reducing informality and inequality. A vicious cycle of informality, low skills, and low productivity could nullify…

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10 Things to Know About Climate Finance in 2017

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. March 2018

In order for countries to meet the rapidly increasing demand to adapt and mitigate climate change, they need knowledge of and access to flows of climate finance. This booklet of infographics, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI),  breaks down the 10 things you need to know about climate finance in 2017, from the amount approved to where there are gaps and what sector specific action has been taken.   ODI | 10 Things to Know About Climate Finance in 2017

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Greening Argentina’s G20 Presidency

Project Syndicate  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
12. March 2018

During the first few months of its G20 presidency, Argentina's government has focused on jobs, infrastructure, and food security. However, this article published by Project Syndicate argues that in contrast to the previous Chinese and German presidencies, Argentina has de-emphasised climate change, jeopardising the group's goal of ensuring sustainable economic growth.   Project Syndicate | Greening Argentina’s G20 Presidency

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Regional Migration Governance: Contributions to a Sustainable International Migration Architecture

Bonn International Center for Conversion  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Solutions on Migration
5. March 2018

This article by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) addresses the aspects and prospects of the global migration governance, which is in a period of transition. Among the crucial question to be addressed is the role of regional cooperation in a future global migration architecture. This is because the majority of cross-border migration and displacement takes place within regional spaces. However, to date, the experiences and capacities of regional organizations in addressing and coping with refugee movements and in harnessing the potential…

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