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Flying Cars or Flying Toilets: What Is the Best Way to Measure Innovation?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Commenting on the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and legendary Silicon Valley investor, remarked, "We asked for flying cars. Instead, we got a hundred and forty characters." Really, Peter? Who asked for flying cars?

China: 1; U.S.: 0. Don't Let the Asia Pivot Turn Into the Asia Peeve

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

No doubt there has been much for the U.S. to focus on elsewhere in the world recently, from Russia to Iran. But in past weeks, it seems that the movie in Asia has been on fast-forward around global development and financing. And once again, the U.S. is scrambling to catch up.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Four Forces Facing the Global Economy

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Behind the numbers lies an unusually complex set of forces shaping the world economy. Some, such as the decline in the price of oil and the evolution of exchange rates, are highly visible. Some, from crisis legacies to lower potential growth, play more of behind-the-scenes role but are important nevertheless. Let me briefly review them.

When Doing Well While Doing Good Could Be Bad For You

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Inclusive business, or business that pursues opportunities in traditionally unattractive market segments, ought to be a strategic imperative for corporations and investors.

Why Are Businesses Shifting Focus to Emerging Markets?

Kian Moini | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

In 2013, McKinsey & Company predicted that by 2025 almost 230 Fortune Global 500 companies would be based in cities in the emerging markets. Whilst I can't yet comment on whether this prediction is likely to come true, it is interesting to look at how companies are shifting their focus to these developing countries.

The Real 'Iran Prize': The Next Great Emerging Market

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The expected removal of Western sanctions, particularly the targeted measures against Iran's oil and financial sector, could pave the way for a huge and much-needed inflow of foreign investors and recovery of Iran's oil sector and heavily-battered currency.

The Role of the Internet in Real Estate

Kian Moini | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

Having an online presence is now a must-have for real estate agents, developers and sellers, as the sector begins to acknowledge that the Internet is an integral part of the modern house-hunting process for emerging markets.

To Be an Inclusive Business in the 21st Century, Forget Business School Lessons from the Last Century

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

In the coming decades, the majority of the world's economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined.

How Productivity Can Save an Aging World

James Manyika | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
James Manyika

SAN FRANCISCO -- To overcome the drag on growth of an aging world, we need to be smarter and more effective in everything that we do. We don't need to reinvent the wheel -- just by adopting best practices that already exist will get us most of the way to where we need to be. Fully embracing new technologies will do the rest.

JPMorgan Chase and Omidyar Back New Impact Fund Aimed at Brazil's Emerging Middle Class

David Bank | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
David Bank

It's an emerging market within an emerging market. Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil's 112 million lower- and middle-class consumers.

Philippines' City of Illusions: Time for an Economic 'EDSA Revolution'

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

What the Philippines needs more than ever is a true economic revolution, one that ensures the Philippines is not only a democracy in formal-political terms, but instead founded upon the principle of éga-liberté: Political freedom built upon an egalitarian economic system.

OPIC is No Model Investor

Kindra Mohr | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Liberian communities were excited when they first learned about the Buchanan Renewables project. However, big gains imply big risks, which can lead to catastrophic results, particularly in fragile and post-conflict regions where institutions are weak and communities are vulnerable.

How Are Oil Prices Affecting Nigerian Real Estate?

Kian Moini | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Kian Moini

Changes in oil prices and the devaluation of the Naira have had a significant impact on the Nigerian economy. With a 70 percent dependency on crude oil for external revenue, the drop in world oil prices is now affecting the Nigerian business space.

The Emerging Markets Housing Bubble

Jon Hartley | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Jon Hartley

While in most advanced economies, housing prices contracted for a prolonged period both during and after the crisis, in emerging markets, housing prices suffered brief declines, recovered quickly and have kept rising since.

The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Alice Korngold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.

Product-Based Businesses Expect Increase in Revenue in 2015

Andre Bourque | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

This report highlights the optimism many small businesses have as 2015 begins. With the economy gradually improving, SMBs have a prime opportunity to reach out to new consumers and convert them into return customers who will continue to buy from them for many years.

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

On the heels of the President calling on Congress during the State of the Union to grant him trade promotion authority "to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren't just free, but fair," it is worth noting a fascinating study released recently on global connectedness.

An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder

Victoria Arch | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Victoria Arch

What is the role of the solar lantern in energy access? In July of last year, I attended an Engineering for Change Webinar called "Off Grid Technology...

5 Questions to Ask About Faith in Emerging Markets

Chris Seiple | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Chris Seiple

The influence of faith in South-East Asia can be like the air: it is so pervasive that it's invisible, a sometimes unobservable influence that saturates society, consciously and subconsciously, unobservable to the outside eye.

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.

Is Your Business Ready for the World's Emerging Middle Class?

Andre Bourque | Posted 02.23.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

Is it time for us to rethink how we perceive the global middle class? Currently, more than half of the world's middle class population can be found in the Western world. However, recent reports and studies have consistently shown that the global share of the middle class is shifting.

7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Yoga in the Philippines

James Brown | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
James Brown

From the design of the facilities and choices for in-house props to the all-important standards for teachers, Manila is presenting a more grown-up version of the yoga scene than I've seen anywhere else.