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...
Linda Zanfini, Jean-François Kobiané
Étienne Espagne, Thi Phuong Linh Huynh, Alexis Drogoul , Stéphane Lagrée
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
By 2030, nearly 350 million young people around the world will enter the global job market. Half will be in Africa. Economic growth will not be enough to ensure access to decent jobs for all of them. Governments must therefore adopt ambitious policies.
Émilie Gaillard has been working on the rights of future generations for 20 years. She believes this legal concept is an essential tool for bringing about the paradigm shifts required for the long-term preservation of the environment and populations.
In 2013, the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh shed light on the deplorable working conditions of the textile industry. For Nayla Ajaltouni, consumer mobilization has an impact on working conditions in developing countries.
Two billion people work in the informal economy, in circumstances that vary hugely. For many, moving into formal employment is a real challenge in the short term. In the long run, we need to ensure decent working conditions, says Philippe Marcadent.
While school enrolment rates are increasing around the world, young people are still among the most affected by unemployment. How can this be addressed? Véronique Sauvat puts forward some solutions to make it easier for young people to enter the labor market.
Gilles Dufrénot is a professor at Aix-Marseille School of Economics and the author of several books. He calls for a new social contract based on the redefinition of minimum needs by the many.
Six years after the Arab Spring movements, inequalities that largely triggered them still pose a problem in the Arab world. Samir Aita, a Franco-Syrian economist, takes a look at their causes, consequences and potential ways of addressing these.
Many recent initiatives show that the Sustainable Development Goals won’t be met without the participation of the youth. But how could they participate, when so many young people across the world don’t have access to health, education or employment?
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Cécile Vilnet, coordinator of the Micro Projects Agency, explains what are the microprojects and how these local projects can simply and durably improve the qualité of life of the poorest populations.
Rapid expansion of social protection around the world provokes a renewed debate around targeting versus universalism. The recent blog by Stephen Kidd, is calling into question poverty targeting, or determining eligibility to a benefit based on means test. Today’s debate is not about the principle...
Philippe Aghion, a renowned French economist, sheds light on the concept of growth and the innovation capacity of BRICS and African countries.
How to more effectively combine a company’s social impact and performance and promote synergies between economic efficiency and the common good? This is the area of expertise of Prophil, a strategy consulting firm that works on the convergence of economic and philanthropic models. In a first...
While hundreds of multinational companies have already publicly committed to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Guiding Principles) some have also taken significant steps over the last five years to implement the Principles and conduct Human Rights due diligence....
Jean-Baptiste ANDRIEU, Peter NESTOR
The number of business incubators is growing in Africa. One example is CTIC Dakar, the first to be dedicated to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in French-speaking Africa. This association was launched in April 2011 and is the result of a public-private partnership. An interview...
Eva Sow Ebion
One of the most highly charged debates in social security is whether it is preferable to offer schemes to everyone or target them only at the poor. Across both developed and developing countries, we find many examples of both approaches: for example, according to the ILO (2014), 36 countries...
The website Babyloan.org, which was launched in 2008, has become Europe’s leading website for specialized microcredit crowdfunding. Internet users can lend EUR 10 or more to small entrepreneurs in 15 countries around the world, in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Is crowdfunding an...
All sorts of meetings on the topic of Africa’s economic takeoff are constantly being organized. Local transformation, inclusive growth, industrialization, youth unemployment, competitiveness, etc. are discussed at them. Strangely, they often address the role of African SMEs between the lines. Yet...
In recent months, Brazil has been struck by large-scale social movements led by the middle classes. Latin American countries need to address major challenges in order to meet the demands of their populations, such as reducing inequalities in social protection systems. What are the challenges?...
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Social protection allows people to live in dignity. This right, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is far from being a reality for everyone. Only 27% of the world’s population benefits from adequate social protection. It is for this reason that in 2012 the Member States of...
Helmut Schwarzer, Valérie Schmitt
What most young Africans want above all is a job. With 10 to 12 million young people arriving on the labor market every year, this is a real challenge! Many of them work in the informal sector, but thanks to the efforts of public policies, civil society and the private sector (via social...
Access to essential services (water, sanitation, waste, energy, mobility) for all is a major challenge for economic and social development in developing countries. Young people, who come with new ideas, expertise and energy, but who are also the leaders of tomorrow, have a crucial role to play....
Dakar, Yaoundé, Abidjan, Addis Ababa… the young people do not speak the same language, do not have the same culture, but share the same desire: to become entrepreneurs. This desire to create and empower themselves is widely ignored by both local decision-makers and external partners. Before...