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Eco-Industrial Parks: Achievements and Key Insights from the Global RECP Programme

United Nations Industrial Development Organization  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
9. August 2019

Industrial parks have long been recognized as an efficient means of unifying industrial activities with business, infrastructure and service objectives. The term “industrial parks” in this publication is used to denote a range of co-located industrial activities. Similar terms such as industrial zones, industrial investment regions, special economic zones and industrial corridors, differ only marginally in their application to industrial parks. Regardless of the label applied, they share many commonalities, in that they are planned and developed with the objective…

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief

International Organization for Migration  
Policy Initiative: Migration
9. August 2019

The Marshall Islands is a nation of widely dispersed, low-lying coral atolls and islands, and with climate change causing sea levels to rise and shifting weather patterns, the Marshall Islands is faced with flooding, heat stress and drought. The Marshall Islands Climate and Migration Project studies the multicausal nature of Marshallese migration, as well as its impact on migrants themselves and communities in the Marshall Islands. This policy brief highlights key findings on migration patterns, drivers and impacts, and discusses…

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The Future of Work in Africa: Harnessing the Potential of Digital Technologies for All

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
2. August 2019

This companion report to the World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work addresses the key themes of creating productive jobs and addressing the needs of those left behind. It builds on and contextualises some of WDR 2019’s main messages to key specificities of the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. It focuses on how global trends especially the adoption of digital technologies (DTs) may change the nature of work in SSA by creating new opportunities and challenges. The report…

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Macroeconomic Shocks and Unconventional Monetary Policy: Impacts on Emerging Markets

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
2. August 2019

Shocks stemming from the global financial crisis have had wide-reaching effects on macroeconomic financial stability in emerging Asia. Barely two decades after the Asian financial crisis, Asia was suddenly confronted with multiple challenges originating from outside the region: the 2008 global financial crisis, the European debt crisis, and finally developed economies’ implementation of unconventional monetary policies. The implementation of quantitative easing, ultra-low interest rate policies, and negative interest rate policies by a number of large central banks has given rise…

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Global Environment Outlook 6 For Industry in Asia-Pacific

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
2. August 2019

Asia and the Pacific’s unrelenting industrial development has been a driving force in the economic growth of scores of countries in the region and beyond. This shift has led to greater prosperity, increased urbanization and sustained population growth. Yet as the region has become the “world’s factory”, it is increasingly realising not only the benefits but the challenges of industrial development. These challenges are often environmental in nature. The 6th Global Environment Outlook, showed us that sustainable development was at…

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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Supporting Development in Emerging Markets

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
2. August 2019

Artificial Intelligence has enormous potential to augment human intelligence and to radically alter how we access products and services, gather information, make products, and interact. In emerging markets, AI offers an opportunity to lower costs and barriers to entry for businesses and deliver innovative business models that can leapfrog traditional solutions and reach the underserved. With technology-based solutions increasingly important to economic development in many nations, the goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity may become dependent on harnessing…

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Asia’s Future is Now

McKinsey & Company  
Policy Initiative: Digital Economy
2. August 2019

One of the most dramatic developments of the past 30 years has been emerging Asia’s soaring consumption and its integration into global flows of trade, capital, talent, and innovation. In the decades ahead, Asia’s economies will go from participating in these flows to determining their shape and direction. Indeed, in many areas—from the internet to trade and luxury goods—they already are. The question is no longer how quickly Asia will rise; it is how Asia will lead. McKinsey & Company…

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Environmental Regulation: Lessons for Developing Economies in Asia

ADB  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
26. July 2019

Developing countries in Asia face a variety of environmental challenges. Although environmental economics grew mostly out of the experience of developed countries, decades of environmental economics research offer important and useful lessons for environmental regulation in developing countries in Asia. We synthesize the theoretical and empirical literature on environmental regulation and highlight important insights on formal regulation such as taxes, standards, and tradable permits, as well as on informal regulation such as information and voluntary approaches. We also discuss directions…

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