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Climate Finance Fundamentals 11: The Green Climate Fund

Overseas Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
13. November 2017

This series of short, introductory briefings pblished by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are designed for readers new to the debate on global climate change financing.  In light of the fast pace of developments in climate finance, the briefs provide a better understanding of the quantity and quality of financial flows going to developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the newest actor in the multilateral climate finance architecture and became fully operational in 2015. Since then, it has approved…

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Interview with Professor Renato Galvão Flôres Jr.

 
13. November 2017

Professor Renato Galvão Flôres Jr. is a special aide to the President of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) – one of EPF’s founding members – and Director of the International Intelligence Unit, FGV/IIU, which generates intelligence on international issues relevant to Brazil and also manages specific international institutional partnerships of FGV. A specialist in international political economy, Professor Flôres has significantly contributed to the Asian dimension of FGV activities. In this interview, Professor Flôres gives insights into his work at FGV,…

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The Global Gender Gap Report 2017

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Other
6. November 2017

Gender parity is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Ensuring the full development and appropriate deployment of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. The Global Gender Gap Report, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) benchmarks 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. In addition,…

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Inequality in Brazil: A Regional Perspective

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Other
6. November 2017

This study, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) documents the decline in income inequality and a convergence in consumption patterns in Brazilian states in a new database constructed from micro data from the national households’ survey. It adjusts the state-Gini coefficients for spatial price differences using information on households’ rental prices available in the survey. In a panel regression framework, teh study finds that labor income growth, formalization, and schooling contributed to the decline in inequality during…

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The Case for Connecting the Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. November 2017

This briefing paper, published by the German Development Institute (DIE) presents key findings of an analysis of more than 7000 climate activities, contained in 161 NDCs, through the lend of the 17 SDGs. The aim is to show to what extent, where and how these NDC activities can contribute to reaching SDGs and their targets. The findings are based on highly disaggregated NDC analyses that allow users to go beyond the target-level and explore which SDG-relevant climate measures are contained…

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China’s Ant Financial Shows How Digital Clout Can Fight Climate Change

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
6. November 2017

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step is a Chinese proverb that has long made its way into the public consciousness. This blog post by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), introduces Ant Financial, a company that is taking this proverb and amplifying it to help bring an end to climate change – by using its digital clout to ensure tens of millions of steps to cut out greenhouse gas emissions. The company, which runs a mobile and online payment…

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The BRICS – Merely a Fable? Emerging Power Alliances in Global Trade Governance

Chatam House  
Policy Initiative: Other
6. November 2017

The much hyped rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) has lately been met with equally fervent declarations of their demise. Amid slowing growth in many of these countries, the prevailing view now appears to be that the rise of the BRICS was little more than an illusion. This article, published by Chatam House, contests this assessment by arguing that the emerging powers were never solely, nor most importantly, merely an economic phenomenon.   Chatam House…

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Digital Innovation in Asia: What the World Can Learn

McKinsey & Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
30. October 2017

 In Asia, a few factors make the impact of digital more pronounced than in other markets, including social penetration, consumers’ openness to new technologies and the mobile Internet, and willingness by companies to innovate. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey senior partners Alan Lau and Gregor Theisen talk with Cecilia Ma Zecha about what makes Asia’s technological advances different from the rest of the world and the lessons other regions can learn from Asia’s innovations.   McKinsey |…

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