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SMEs Finance Leapfrogs through Fintech Innovations

Gloria Grandolini | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Gloria Grandolini

The World Bank Group, together with the SME Finance Forum and the G20, drafted the SME Action Plan on Financial Infrastructure on lowering barriers to SME financing. The proposed reforms aim to bring countries closer to international best practices by supporting modern and efficient lending.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

A "Like" For Mark Zuckerberg

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

It will take quite some time for the company to see tangible financial returns from the initiative. I would expect that Facebook's approach to India is that it is investing for the longer-term.

Urban Development: The Real Innovation Catalyst

Miguel Marshall | Posted 11.03.2015 | Technology
Miguel Marshall

The only thing in our way is the old paradigm of government and property owners, that do not consider time investment as an important factor for development.

China and the One-Two Punch

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Edward Goldberg

This is a radically new concept in political culture; power in a country is no longer solely derived from the king, the dictator, the elites, the party or even the direct electoral consent of the governed, but from the economic well being of the governed.

Reimagining Financial Capitalism: Promoting Socially-Responsible Investment in Cuba

Jose Gabilondo | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jose Gabilondo

For over half a century, Cuba has resisted its good neighbor to the North. Will Cuba maintain this tradition of self-determination while playing a bigger role in a global financial market? Letting foreign investors repatriate profits while safeguarding the island's sovereign prerogatives is part of the answer.

Tuesday -- China's 20.4 Percent Import Collapse Has Us Testing S&P 2,000 Again

Phil Davis | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Other than the occasional bursts of IPhone shipments, it's been all downhill for China this decade.

How to Manage the Commodity Roller Coaster

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

The fiscal implications of the sharp decline in commodity prices are very large. The deterioration in the 2015 primary balance in commodity exporting countries is about 5 percentage points of GDP on average, with countries like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela experiencing a particularly sharp decline.

Global Financial Stability: Vulnerabilities, Legacies, and Policy Challenges

José Viñals | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
José Viñals

A collective effort to deliver a policy upgrade is needed urgently to face up to rising challenges in an uncertain world, to ensure financial stability and better growth prospects. Three percent of global output is at stake.

The Quest for Robust and Synchronized Growth

Maurice Obstfeld | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Maurice Obstfeld

Today, we released the October 2015 World Economic Outlook. Our forecasts come at a moment when the world economy is at the intersection of at least ...

New Global Goals for the UN, New Global Innovation Opportunities for Business

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Leaders from 193 nations met in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and adopted the sustainable development goals. The goals are not short on ambition.

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.

Brazil's Hard Landing

Sara Zervos | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Sara Zervos

Investors have lost faith in Brazil, and rightfully so. The currency has lost 36% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year, plunging nearly 7% in the last week alone. Yields on its bond issues are spiking, as investors demand higher and higher rates to loan Brazil or Brazilian companies money.

Are the Emerging Markets Driving Innovation in Mobile Technology?

Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann | Posted 09.17.2015 | Business
Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann

Unlike their western counterparts, we have seen these developing countries - with their young, increasingly tech-savvy populations - moving straight to new technologies, including wireless, mobile and app usage.

For Now, The Fed's New Normal: Preserve the Old Abnormal

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Couple this with the disappointing jobs growth numbers from September 4, and it is not unreasonable to expect that there is still room to push towards the twin goals of maximum employment and price stability. A premature rate hike could run the risk of halting that process.

What the CEO of the "New" Google Needs to Do Next

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

So what should we expect from the leader of this "new" Google? Here four things I think he should focus on as he takes the helm.

Where Are the Most Promising Megacities of Tomorrow?

Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Dr. Paul Philipp Hermann

While megacities in the more developed world are becoming saturated in terms of population, their counterparts in the emerging markets are really showing progress. Cities including Jakarta, Manila, Karachi and Mexico City are becoming drawcards for young, tech-savvy and mobile adults.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

Why Emerging Markets Have Stopped Emerging

Bill Emmott | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Bill Emmott

LONDON -- The main determinants of an emerging economy's ability actually to emerge, sustainably, are politics, policy and all that is meant by the institutions of governance. More precisely, although countries can ride waves of growth and exploit commodity cycles despite having dysfunctional political institutions, the real test comes when times turn less favorable and a country needs to change course.

The 10 Most Troubled Global Currencies and Tesla

Phil Davis | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Currencies are melting down all over.   For a long time, Morgan Stanley (MS) has kept a list of emerging market currencies that were running ...

Why Investing in Infrastructure in Developing Countries Will Benefit Us All

Alexis Crow | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Alexis Crow

Investment in infrastructure projects are more than just a bright spot for the global south. It may actually encourage investment in real assets that would boost output back in the old "rich" countries -- a welcome monsoon rain amidst a sea of paper.

Emerging Markets: Still Not Cheap, and Still Not Pretty

Sara Zervos | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

Most emerging markets need to borrow from the rest of the world. They are known for being the fastest growing countries, with rich resources and young populations. However, by definition they are poorer than other developed countires, and as such have little savings to finance their growth

Why Can You Uber it to Someone's Home in China But You Can't Google or Facebook Them?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

While there is disagreement about its numbers -- its own estimates of a million rides a day are disputed -- what is not in dispute is that Uber may have achieved the seemingly impossible: as a tech company in the business of consumer data collection, it has cracked the Chinese market.

How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.

5 Misconceptions About Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Kosta Petrov | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Kosta Petrov

What still fascinates me is people's reaction when I tell them about the countries that we work with. I am convinced that some of them, no matter what I say, still think that I am a spy for some secret organization, which would be really exciting, but is far away from the truth.