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Foresight Africa viewpoint – Africa’s bold move towards integration: The Continental Free Trad...   
After weathering the tumultuous year that was 2016, Africa’s economies ended 2017 on a positive note, with an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent and projected increase in 2018 and thereafter. A number of African countries are growing at above 6 percent as foreign direct investment inflows surge. Com...
The FISA Follies: The Nunes Memo Edition   
After much publicly acrimony and week-long speculation about its contents, the “Nunes Memo” (named for GOP House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) chairman Devin Nunes of California) was finally made public today. In reality, the document was authored by thus-far unidentified GOP H...
In the Super Bowl of trade, a winning playbook is services   
When the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots face off in the Super Bowl this weekend, the battle on the field between their revolutionary cities carries over from nearly 300 years of economic sparring—from fighting over seaport supremacy in the 1700s to the Amazon HQ2 shortlist announced l...
'How long can we tolerate this situation?' Stories from the Greek islands' refugee camps   
? Amnesty International/Giorgos Moutafis (all images) We have spent this week travelling across the Greek islands of Chios and Lesvos to document the conditions that thousands of fleeing refugees are living in right now. They are all waiting to find out if they can continue their journeys to safety...
Can cryptocurrencies and blockchain help fight corruption?   
Technological advances have made it possible to dramatically increase the accountability and transparency of public financing to reduce corruption. For example, if a government decides to construct a road, it can now track how each dollar is being spent, identify all the users of the funds, and ens...
The link between foreign aid and domestic social spending   
In Angus Deaton’s January 24 New York Times op-ed, The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem, the Nobel Prize winning economist rightly pointed to the scourge of absolute poverty in many parts of the United States. He also cited new evidence that absolute poverty standards should be...
Here’s How Hostile States Are Hiding Behind ‘Independent’ Hackers   
More and more states are using supposedly independent hackers as proxies to project power both at home and abroad. According to James R. Clapper Jr., former director of national intelligence, more than 30 countries are now pursuing offensive cyber capabilities. Some of them rely on hackers who are n...
From Davos: Is paying for results with blended finance ready to take off?   
Last Thursday morning, at a dark, early-morning hour, with my high-security badge securely hung from my neck, I cautiously trod along the slippery streets of Davos, Switzerland to participate in events at the 2018 World Economic Forum. This year, 2,500 of the world’s most powerful people gathered i...
The new global agenda and the future of the multilateral development bank system   
The new global agenda, with Agenda 2030 at its core, is ambitious, comprehensive, and universal. The three central goals now are to reignite growth, deliver on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement aimed at mitigating climate change and adapting to ...
Normal is over   
Year one of the Trump administration has been uniquely unnerving. Yet the trans-Atlantic security community has also been breathing a sigh of relief, because many of their worst expectations seem to have been averted: trade wars, an attack on North Korea, the end of NATO. The conventional wisdom in...
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