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From ‘Rule of Law’ to ‘Law of the Jungle’: Global Trade seen through Twitter

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : June 10, 2019

This article was originally published on Center for Macroeconomics and development's website

Friday night, US President Donald Trump announced by Twitter that he would suspend the implementation of tariffs on Mexican imports, which would start with 5% on Monday, June 10, to reach 25% in October. A signed agreement between the two countries, also confirmed by Twitter by Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard, would have included Mexican government’s commitments to take “strong measures” to “reduce – or eliminate – illegal immigration to the United States,” in Trump’s words.

Gender equality and the African Union: From Development to Policy Change?

Naakoshie Mills | Posted : May 31, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2016 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

People centered development is the crux of the African Union’s (AU) new Agenda 2063 initiative. Its overall goal is a Pan African transformation and development of its member countries, while reframing the continent’s presence on the global stage. Fortunately, women’s equality is one of its aims, addressing discrimination, gender-based violence, and empowerment, to name a few. As developed nations like the United States and France still struggle to elect a female head of state, ten African countries have already done so, demonstrating that women’s leadership and inclusion has a historical precedent for many Africans. In many ways, the Agenda also mirrors the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrating African leaders’ determination for progress in the 21st century and beyond. The question remains, what is the impact of furthering women’s representation and leadership in the AU on actual lived experiences of African women?

Poverty reduction in Brazil… partially gone with the cycle

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : May 21, 2019

Throughout my last 15 years working in multilateral institutions, many times around the world I was asked to speak about the success of poverty reduction in Brazil during the new millennium. Last week, someone who was on such an occasion in October 2013 in Nairobi asked me what my numbers had become after these recent years of precarious macroeconomic performance and high unemployment in the country. I replied that they have changed ... in part!

لجان القوى العاملة القطاعية، أو حينما تكون الحركة العمالية داعمة لتنمية اقتصادية واجتماعية مندمجة

الطيب غازي | Posted : May 02, 2019

يعاود الفاتح من ماي اطلالته السنوية لينقش في الذاكرة تخليدا لأرواح نقابيي شيكاغو التي ضحوا بها في منتصف ثمانينيات القرن التاسع عشر إيمانا بضرورة تحسين شروط وظروف العمل، ووجوب حصر ساعاته اليومية في حدود الثمانية.

Why Blockchain Technology is Empowering Women

Ghita El Kasri | Posted : April 25, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2018 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

Tech industries, despite leading the charge for change in many areas of modern life, have traditionally been one of the worst industries for gender equality. But now, it looks like technology itself could finally start to break down some of the barriers to entry and alter the socio-economic landscape beyond recognition. It could put women and under-represented minorities on the financial and technological map.

What Happens When the Lights Go Out? South Africa’s Eskom Challenge

Nchimunya Hamukoma | Posted : April 09, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2018 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

On a Saturday evening in March at an upscale gallery in Johannesburg’s CBD, the lights went out.  A child in the crowd yelped in shock, but most of the adults let out a gentle sigh of resignation. An attendant came by soon after to assure that it wasn’t load shedding and that the power would be reconnected shortly, but we had become inured to the darkness and the idea that electricity wasn’t something we could rely on.

Can the Emerging Economic Powers Govern the Globe?

Uri Dadush | Posted : April 04, 2019

Can a G7, dominated by developing nations, provide the impulse to global governance as did the old G7? The answer is no.

What a difference ten years can make. It was nearly ten years ago when, in a paper written with Benn Stancil and titled “The World Order in 2050,” he and I predicted that by 2030 — in 11 years from now — five of the seven largest economies of the world would be drawn from the ranks of developing countries as defined by the World Bank at the time of our writing.

How Chinese Investment in Latin America Is Changing

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : March 14, 2019

China's push for Latin American consumers reflects changes back home.

Chinese financing in Latin America is changing. After becoming a major source of capital flows to Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 15 years, a more diverse range of investors has surfaced, interested in channeling resources towards infrastructure, governments and state companies.

Davos through the Lens of a Global Shaper

Veronique Eliane | Posted : February 11, 2019

I recently had the privilege to represent the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos-Klosters, which convened over 3,000 participants under the theme, Globalization 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To attend Davos as a Global Shaper is a big deal. As a delegate, you are not only responsible for representing the voices of youth, about 10,000 from across the world, but you also owe it to yourself to make the best of this unique opportunity to champion the causes you are passionate about. 

Why Brazil Must Build a (Fiscal) Wall

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : January 31, 2019

Without reforms, financial markets’ optimism may crumble – and bring the house down.

Judging by the reaction of financial markets, the Brazilian economy started the year at high speed. The real is among the world’s best-performing currencies so far in 2019 and the main stock market index Ibovespa hit a string of record highs leading into last week, when it broke the 97,000-point mark. Future interest rates have fallen sharply. 

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