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Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Perspectives from Developing Countries

UN Environment  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
29. March 2019

The value of trade in clean technology related services has more than quintupled over the last decade, while global trade in clean technologies increased 60% from 2006 to 2016. Increasing trade in clean technologies promotes economic development, job creation and innovation while simultaneously fostering economic and climate resilience. A holistic approach to tackling the barriers to clean technologies trade could help developing countries further harness clean technology trade opportunities.   UN Environment | Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Perspectives from Developing…

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Rating resilience: Factoring climate resilience into infrastructure risk metrics

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
29. March 2019

This paper proposes a framework for defining risk metrics to capture climate resilience in infrastructure assets. It first outlines the risks that infrastructure is exposed to under a future of climate change, before summarising some of the current approaches used by large investment organisations to measure the resilience of this infrastructure. Finally, the paper proposes a method to develop a framework for risk metrics that build on these approaches. Observer Research Foundation | Rating resilience: Factoring climate resilience into infrastructure…

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Financing development: Fintech in Africa

Observer Research Foundation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
22. March 2019

In many African countries—some of the most unbanked areas in the world—digital banking applications are redefining what it is to bank in economies with shallow penetration of the formal banking sector, representing an innovative force that is breaking new ground in the long-standing challenge of financial inclusion. This brief explores the emerging world of fintech in the context of Africa, outlining why financial technology applications are making waves on the continent.  The role of key stakeholders, such as traditional banks…

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Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
22. March 2019

Voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can contribute indirectly to household food security and gender equality in food access through sustainable production practices that contribute to a diverse and nutritional diet, and by potentially contributing to higher incomes generated from certification. Financial supports provided through certification, such as pre-financing or premiums, can contribute to women’s ability to access productive inputs and credit, when producer organizations support these measures enhancing women’s rights to productive agricultures resources. Certification through VSSs can alleviate some of women’s…

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Profiting from Parity : Unlocking the Potential of Women’s Business in Africa

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
22. March 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world, with approximately 42 percent of the non-agricultural labor force classified as self-employed or employers. Yet most entrepreneurs are unable to grow their businesses beyond small-scale subsistence operations, impeding their contribution to poverty reduction and shared prosperity. This is particularly so for women. This new report, “Profiting from Parity: Unlocking the Potential of Women’s Businesses in Africa”, produced by the World Bank Group’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and the Finance,…

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Integrating Green and Gray : Creating Next Generation Infrastructure

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
22. March 2019

A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In this report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute, both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning. Integrating nature into mainstream infrastructure systems can produce lower cost and more resilient services. This report guides developing country service providers and their partners on…

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Chongqing 2035 : A Green and Low-Carbon Growth Strategy to Decouple Economic Growth from Resource Use

World Bank Group: Open Knowledge Repository  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
15. March 2019

Chongqing is at a crossroads where its GDP per capita will reach a level at which cities typically decouple economic growth from energy and resource use, as well as associated carbon emissions and pollution. However, decoupling does not happen automatically. It requires cities to adopt= green growth policies. For Chongqing to build a more innovative economy that increases its share of high-value activities, it is critical that it use resources more efficiently. Chongqing Municipality’s energy mix is dominated by coal…

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The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Jobs in Africa: A Literature Review

German Development Institute  
Policy Initiative: Future of Work
15. March 2019

In the past two decades, Africa has experienced a wave of mobile telephony and the early stages of internet connectivity. This paper summarises recent empirical research findings on the impact that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have had on jobs in Africa, be it in creating new jobs, destroying old jobs, or changing the quality of existing jobs in levels of productivity, incomes, or working conditions. The paper discusses various channels in which ICTs can impact jobs: In theory, they…

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