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A dairy production plant in Inner Mongolia, PRC.

The global productivity slump: Common and country-specific factors

By Donghyun Park on Fri, 09 October 2015

Co-written by Barry Eichengreen & Kwanho Shin

Productivity growth is slowing around the world. In 2014, according to the Conference Board’s Total Economy Data Base, the growth of total factor productivity (TFP) hovered around zero for the third straight year, down from 1% in the glorieuse décennie 1996-2006 and 0.5% in 2007-12.

Workers on a railway construction project in Azerbaijan.

Infrastructure and safeguards

By Vinod Thomas on Tue, 06 October 2015

As multilateral development banks gear up to fill serious gaps in infrastructure in Asia, attention also focuses on safeguards, which should be a top concern for established lenders such as the World Bank and ADB as well as new players like the AIIB.

The 17 SDGs present a shared world vision for the next 15 years.

My 6 takeaways on the SDGs

By Anuradha Rajivan on Tue, 29 September 2015

Presenting a shared world vision for the next 15 years, the 17 SDGs came as no surprise as the text was politically negotiated and agreed ahead of time. Here are my 6 takeaways.

Girls heading to school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Making sustainability work

By Vinod Thomas on Mon, 14 September 2015

For a long time, sustainability was seen as an environmental issue that represented an unwelcome trade-off with strong economic growth. But now it has come to encompass a more mutually dependent set of environmental, economic, and social goals.