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Economy & Jobs 30-07-2018

Can Poland catch up with the West on digitisation?

Acceleration of technological development provides huge opportunities for qualified employees. In an interview with EURACTIV Poland, Christian Bodewig from the World Bank Group explains how non-routine skills and competences not yet possessed by machines become increasingly relevant.

France takes the lead on conflict prevention

While armed conflicts are on the rise around the world, Paris launched a new strategy for prevention, resilience and sustainable peace in developing countries, on 13 June. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2018

European Parliament sounds the alarm over developing world debt crisis

The number of poor countries facing major debt crises has doubled since 2013, and only 1 in 5 are now considered to be at low risk of crisis. With some countries in the midst of crisis and others on the brink, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains a pipe dream, writes Mark Perera.
Africa 28-02-2018

Index insurance trialled in sub-Saharan Africa as part of climate change fight

Since the end of the 2000s, there has been an increase in projects in sub-Saharan Africa to develop index insurance, based on weather indices such as rainfall or temperature. It is intended to help farmers cope with climate change, before droughts sets in. EURACTIV.fr reports
Development Policy 12-09-2017

World Bank: More than reconstruction, post-conflict Syria will need development aid

The economic disorganisation of Syrian society, lost connectivity and destruction of business networks has an impact on GDP 20 times bigger than the destruction of buildings, World Bank officials have told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 28-06-2017

Top women call for new economic mindset: ‘It’s gender, stupid!’

If EU countries stepped up their efforts to improve gender equality, more jobs would be created, GDP per capita would increase and society would benefit overall while weathering crisis more effectively.
Development Policy 14-06-2017

World Bank: Africa’s cities can learn from EU experience

EURACTIV spoke to Somik Vinaj Lall, the lead author of the World Bank flagship report Africa’s cities: Opening doors to the world. Meeting with EU counterparts, Lall identified areas where the EU experience could be valuable in the urbanisation of the African continent.
Politics 10-05-2017

Bulgaria finally nominates new Commissioner

Bulgaria has finally nominated a candidate to replace Kristalina Georgieva as its European Commissioner, following a four month gap where the country went unrepresented.
Climate change 14-11-2016

World Bank economist: ‘Better climate risk management could save the poor billions each year’

Natural disasters plunge 26 million people into poverty every year, according to a new report by the World Bank. The organisation believes the efficiency of aid could be improved by targeting climate risk management efforts on the most vulnerable, Stéphane Hallegatte told EURACTIV France.
EU Priorities 2020 28-10-2016

Georgieva resigns to join World Bank

Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva resigned on Friday (28 October) to take a job at the World Bank. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 28-10-2016

The Brief: Commissioner mocks Chinese and gay marriage

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger has mocked the Chinese, gay marriage, and former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s divorce in a shock speech.
Central Asia 19-10-2016

The Brief: The Brexit break-up talk

Nothing spells the imminent break-up of a relationship like the words, “We need to talk.”
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

World Bank: Populism in US, Europe threatens emerging markets

The biggest threat to emerging markets growth in coming years could come from the rise of populism and isolationism in developed countries, a World Bank official said on Tuesday (18 October).
Climate change 10-10-2016

World Bank says Paris climate goals at risk from new coal schemes

Slowing down construction of coal-fired power stations will be vital to hit globally agreed climate change goals, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, said as he outlined a five-point plan to flesh out last year’s Paris agreement to reduce CO2 emissions. A report by EURACTIV's partner, The Guardian Environment.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Animal welfare deserves better from investment policy

International finance institutions and member state export credit agencies continue to invest in projects outside the EU involving cruel farm animal confinement systems banned in the EU. Better joined-up thinking is needed with regard to investment policy and animal welfare, writes Joanna Swabe.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Researcher: IMF and World Bank are changing – but not fast enough

The World Bank and the IMF, the two big international financial institutions, have been too slow to embrace change. But they are showing signs of evolving, admitting that austerity is not always the answer, Françoise Nicolas told EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France.
Digital 30-09-2016

Understanding the state of the economy is crucial to business success

A prerequisite for helping European businesses succeed in the new digital and mobile economy is understanding the economic environment in which they operate, writes Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn.
Enlargement 27-09-2016

World Bank: Western Balkans economically resilient despite setbacks

The World Bank published  a report today (27 September) revealing that the economies of the six Western Balkans countries have performed rather well despite Brexit, the slow recovery in the EU and enlargement fatigue.
Energy 16-09-2016

Naftogaz says charter change threatens gas purchases from Europe

Ukraine has changed the charter of Naftogaz in violation of a deal with foreign creditors, in a move that could hold up a $500 million loan for vital gas purchases from Europe, the state-run energy firm said on Friday (16 September).
Agrifood 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Euro & Finance 15-04-2016

EU’s big 5 call to end shell company secrecy

EU’s five leading economies called yesterday (14 April) for a crackdown on tax havens, urging the G20 powers to end the secrecy of shell companies that enables tax evasion and money laundering.
Development Policy 12-01-2016

World Bank: ‘We’re worried about Africa’s commodity exporters’

This week, the World Bank published its annual Global Economic Prospects, forecasting a modest 2.9% growth in the world economy, after a disappointing 2.4% last year fell below expectations. But the message for Africa was more nuanced - and more worrying.
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Development Policy 25-11-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Demography is a vehicle for development

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016, Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change, was published on 6 November. It revealed that demographic trends had changed dramatically over the last 30 years.
Europe's East 09-11-2015

Ukraine climbs world business rankings ahead of EU trade zone

Ukraine's business climate is improving rapidly, and will continue to do so as the country strengthens ties with the West and attracts more foreign investment, writes Yuliia Kovaliv.