Colombia caught in financial turmoil
Analysis

Colombia caught in financial turmoil

Colombia has just lost its investment grade status in the aftermath of the Covid crisis, indicating a loss of confidence from international markets. The likely consequence from such an event is a drop in growth rate and further financial constraints for the Colombian government. This is however...

Covid-19 accelerating education inequalities in Burkina Faso

Linda Zanfini, Jean-François Kobiané
Analysis

How could Africa finance its development in a climate change context?

Étienne Espagne, Luc Jacolin, Florian Léon
Analysis

Inequalities and environmental damage: the case of the Mekong River Basin

Étienne Espagne, Thi Phuong Linh Huynh, Alexis Drogoul , Stéphane Lagrée

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Perception and inequalities: how does bias contribute to reality?
Analysis

Perception and inequalities: how does bias contribute to reality?

In Mexico, individuals want more social mobility, less inequality, and lower taxes. But these desires are not always compatible… To what extent our perceptions and our experiences feed each other? First episode of our series on inequalities.
Anda David, Aurora Ramírez Álvarez, Roberto Vélez, Raymundo Campos-Vazquez
African economy, recovery and COVID: a major shock but no panic
Opinion

African economy, recovery and COVID: a major shock but no panic

The recovery of African economy after the COVID-19 crisis runs the risk of being uneven, widening differences that exist around the continent, but also with the rest of the world. How can this be avoided? Solutions do exist and are at the heart of the Paris Summit this May 18th.
Thomas Melonio, Yasmine Osman
Jason Hickel: “Europe’s economic growth has always ultimately relied on appropriation from the South”
Interview

Jason Hickel: “Europe’s economic growth has always ultimately relied on appropriation from the South”

In his last essay published in 2020 Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World,  Jason Hickel, economist and specialist on inequalities,  urges to end capitalism and choose degrowth to avoid the ecological collapse. In the first of a two-part interview, he comes back on propositions for a...
Jason Hickel
Textile workers, victims of COVID-19 with no safety net
Interview

Textile workers, victims of COVID-19 with no safety net

Underpaid and with no social protection, textile workers hired in low-cost countries are paying a high price for the Covid-19 crisis which is affecting the entire garment industry. Nayla Ajaltouni, General Delegate of Collectif Éthique sur l’Étiquette, tells us all about it.
Nayla Ajaltouni
Remittances are growing in South Asia despite Covid-19
Opinion

Remittances are growing in South Asia despite Covid-19

International remittances play a major role for economic development in South Asia, with most inflows originating in Gulf countries. The latter economies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but this has had, for most South Asian countries, little impact on the growing volumes of hard...
Olivier Najar, Cécile Pochet
Internet and Africa: what cyberspace for tomorrow?
Opinion

Internet and Africa: what cyberspace for tomorrow?

African countries have never been faced with such decisive choices in the construction of a cyberspace that respects freedoms and meets the needs of their citizens. One of the continent’s main challenges for the future.
Olivier Alais
COVID-19 and inequality: the blind spots of “whatever the cost”
Opinion

COVID-19 and inequality: the blind spots of “whatever the cost”

The political response to the COVID-19 pandemic, guided by the European Central Bank, could contribute to exacerbating the inequalities already deepened by the health and social crisis.
Quentin Parrinello
Africa, an emerging continent
Opinion

Africa, an emerging continent

While identifying truly emerging African countries is a complex task, Africa boasts the resources needed for rapid growth as a continent through the development of a common trade market, and subsequently, a financial market.
Meghann Puloc’h, David Chetboun
COVID-19: a super spreader of inequality
Opinion

COVID-19: a super spreader of inequality

In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic is drastically increasing poverty, a report shows that the most resilient countries are those resolutely committed to reducing inequality. They can show us the way.
Lessons from the pandemic: the need to liberate and decolonize African economies
Opinion

Lessons from the pandemic: the need to liberate and decolonize African economies

In addition to the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic’s impact on Western and Asian economies is having a knock-on effect in Africa. It is now clear from the current state of affairs that decolonizing African economies is essential.
Martial Ze Belinga
Can artificial intelligence help achieve sustainable development?
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Can artificial intelligence help achieve sustainable development?

Through appropriate design and responsible implementation, sustainable development can benefit from emerging uses of artificial intelligence while mitigating the risks.
Peter Martey Addo
Central Banks at the Heart of the International Response to the Ecological Crisis
Opinion

Central Banks at the Heart of the International Response to the Ecological Crisis

The role of our central banks is crucial to reducing the level of uncertainty surrounding the ecological transition and encouraging the private sector to also make a commitment to carbon neutrality and restoring ecosystems.
Étienne Espagne, Thomas Melonio, Antoine Godin
A restrictive framework for eliminating human rights violations in the textile industry
Opinion

A restrictive framework for eliminating human rights violations in the textile industry

It is currently vital to implement restrictive regulations in the textile sector so that a truly responsible industry can emerge and contribute to the development of textile producing countries while respecting human rights.
Nayla Ajaltouni
How can we fight carbon leakage in Europe and boost development assistance?
Opinion

How can we fight carbon leakage in Europe and boost development assistance?

One solution for accelerating the energy transition could be to increase the price per ton of carbon in production costs, while establishing a border adjustment mechanism to avoid penalizing European industrialists.
Coronavirus promotes collective e-learning
Opinion

Coronavirus promotes collective e-learning

Digital platforms are not only sources of knowledge, they can also help construct sustainable development trajectories through learning, in keeping with the terms of the Paris Agreement.
Rémy Rioux, François Taddei
African swine fever threatens an entire production system in South-East Asia
Opinion

African swine fever threatens an entire production system in South-East Asia

Since African swine fever emerged in the region a few years ago, it has devastated family-run pig farms, often the mainstay of people’s livelihoods and a driver of upward mobility.
Monique Eloit
“Green budgeting”: paths to creating real added value
Opinion

“Green budgeting”: paths to creating real added value

Few green budgeting initiatives have led to concrete reforms or revisions of priority investments. How can we move from simple theoretical exercises to concrete action for the environment?
Oskar Lecuyer, Sébastien Postic, Jennifer Doherty-Bigara
G20 governments must urgently align their export credits with the Paris Agreement
Opinion

G20 governments must urgently align their export credits with the Paris Agreement

Export Credit Agencies of G20 countries are still providing billions of dollars in support to fossil fuel projects. This aggravates the lock-in of carbon intensive infrastructures and directly contradicts the commitments under the Paris Agreement against climate change.
Igor Shishlov
Urban citizen funds, a means to improve housing in Dakar
Opinion

Urban citizen funds, a means to improve housing in Dakar

In Dakar, residents are joining forces to improve their housing and flood-damaged neighbourhoods, through rotating funds from the Senegalese Federation of Inhabitants. This solidarity-based initiative aims to rethink the role of stakeholders, financing, and the management of urban development at...
Bea Varnai
Covid-19: how to support the informal sector beyond the crisis
Opinion

Covid-19: how to support the informal sector beyond the crisis

Governments have introduced emergency measures to assist the informal sector, a key component in developing countries. Economist Cecilia Poggi and urban planner Irène Salenson (AFD) argue that this aid must go much further, however.
Cecilia Poggi, Irène Salenson
Masks for all Citizens and Basic Income Payment: Morocco’s Response to Covid-19
Opinion

Masks for all Citizens and Basic Income Payment: Morocco’s Response to Covid-19

With fewer than 200 deaths to date, so far Morocco has managed to curb the spread of the epidemic. Nonetheless, there is fear that a sharp rise in poverty is imminent.
Karim El Aynaoui
There can be no Green New Deal unless it is global
Opinion

There can be no Green New Deal unless it is global

Economist Étienne Espagne believes that a climate alliance between Europe and China must act as a driving force for the rest of the world in 2020 and could be the first step towards a global Green New Deal.
Étienne Espagne
French overseas territories: long-term growth driven by gains in productivity
Opinion

French overseas territories: long-term growth driven by gains in productivity

The living standards gap between France and its overseas departments and regions has halved over the past fifty years. This economic and human progress can continue through 2050, provided that productivity gains are achieved to counteract the recessionary effects of increasingly slow population...
Amadou Gallo Fall: “Basketball, a powerful tool for Africa’s development”
Interview

Amadou Gallo Fall: “Basketball, a powerful tool for Africa’s development”

The Basketball Africa League, based on the NBA model, will make its debut in March. The launch provides an opportunity for the league’s president, Amadou Gallo Fall, to assert the key role that sports will play in Africa’s development.
Amadou Gallo Fall

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