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Emerging Markets

What is Value? Marketing to Consumers in Emerging Economies

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 08.12.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Generally speaking, the psychology of consumers in emerging markets is distinct from their counterparts in developed nations. This does not discount t...

Tales Of Emerging Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

A propensity to undergo periodic episodes of instability and volatility in global financial markets will persist. Get ready for a continuous dispute between the two financial tales about EM, as well as to increasing efforts of differentiation among their assets.

A Fresh Look at Globalization

David Lipton | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
David Lipton

Surely, it is too soon to understand all the ramifications of the British referendum. But at the same time, today is surely a good day to make the case for multilateralism.

The narrowing corridor of global growth

BlackRock | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
BlackRock

Rick Rieder shares a chart showing why to get used to living in a low-growth world. Global growth appeared to sputter earlier this year, roiling ma...

Can $50M in Energing Market Solar Help Unlock a Clean Trillion?

Justin Guay | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Justin Guay

Unlocking $1 trillion in clean energy investment requires a new financial architecture capable of investing in, and scaling, an increasingly distribut...

Why It's Critical to Cultivate Agriculture in Angola

Zandre Campos | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Zandre Campos

Angola has the resources to become one of the leading agricultural countries in Africa, reports the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture...

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs, Part I: Rita Ribeiro-Sales, Designing a Better World

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Our first interviewee, Rita, runs a successful architectural practice in Maputo, Mozambique.

Pocket Einstein: Managing Your Finances in the 21st Century

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology
Tilman Ehrbeck

Financial services are central to people's lives. They are needed to better manage day-to-day affairs, and they are crucial to protect from downside risks and to capture long-term opportunities. Traditional financial services have left too many working families behind.

Fiesta Democracy: Risks and Uncertainties in Philippine Presidential Elections

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

With less than two months before the elections, the presidential race in the Philippines is as tight as you can get. According to one survey, four presidential candidates are essentially tied.

The Secret to Spreading the Startup Wealth in Emerging Global Markets

Ross Baird | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
Ross Baird

A lot of investors say that they'll back great ideas anywhere. But in most markets, building impactful businesses is a "chicken and egg" situation--in...

Capital Flows and Deleveraging in Emerging Markets: the Great Portfolio Rebalancing

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Capital outflows from emerging market economies have substantially accelerated since last year. The cycle of intense debt leveraging that took place in those economies after the 2008 crisis has also started to reverse.

Lessons for Silicon Valley From Facebook's Fumble in India

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Logically, there is an irony in that without Free Basics or the Google initiative, the inequality is even greater with 80 percent of the population without any internet access. However, given the context, the logic is lost.

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries and emerging market economies have benefited from opportunities to transfer technology from abroad and to undergo domestic structural transformation via trade integration.

The Art of a Climate Deal

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 12.21.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

The Paris conference on climate change was quite the cliffhanger. Even till the last minute, we were left wondering: Will Paris be another Copenhagen, where, famously, the deal had unravelled?

Whither Emerging Markets Foreign Exchange Reserves

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

7640413 After a exponential rise in foreign exchange reserves accumulation by emerging markets from 2000 onwards, the tide seems to have turned south since mid-2014.

A New Day in Colombia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Colombia has paired the economic momentum with institution building. The country's democracy has rapidly matured. Yet, there is no guarantee that this momentum will continue. Any future success would greatly benefit from Colombia successfully implementing a peace agreement with domestic guerillas.

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.