Category Archives: Governance & Policies

The digital economy ‘needs design to succeed’

Designing the Digital Economy, published by the Design Commission, calls for measures such as a head of design for each Government department and a chief user officer on all large Government infrastructure projects, such as HS2 or large-scale housing developments.

The argument made is that design can act as a necessary link between digital technology and user experience. In doing so it can help support future growth of the creative and digital sector, which Government says is now worth £71 billion to the UK economy.

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Sustainable urban development requires innovations, says Doha Bank Group CEO

These challenges provide an opportunity to demonstrate that growth can occur at lower rates of environmental degradation, albeit innovations required on a wider canvas to deliver sustainable urban development.

Dr. Seetharaman says that urban equity ensures redistributive mechanisms are put in place for a fair, more efficient use of resources, skills and opportunities. One of the key challenges faced by the world is rapid urbanisation. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the global agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, has noted that cities face unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges with six out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

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At the U.N., a Free-for-All on Setting Global Goals

What should the world’s priorities be? Is the most urgent task to guarantee everybody a minimum standard of subsistence? To reduce inequality? To combat global warming, perhaps at the expense of economic growth?

Should the world even have a common set of goals?

It looks as if it’s well on the way to getting them. For the 11th time in just over a year, scores of diplomats from around the world are gathering this week at the United Nations to continue fine-tuning a vast wish list of national priorities into a tight set of humankind’s most pressing challenges.

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People first: green goals should not override ending hunger

With the deadline for achieving the millennium development goals less than two years away, international attention is shifting toward forming sustainable development goals for the post-2015 agenda. As we move forward, we must not pursue environmental sustainability at the expense of poor people’s food security and nutrition; the agenda must be people-focused. We must adopt a win-win strategy that promotes synergies and manages trade-offs between environmental sustainability, food security and improved nutrition, but this will require concerted efforts.

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New Models of Collaboration Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

The face of philanthropy is changing and one of the great drivers is the push towards collaboration growing out of Internet based connectivity and “knowledge sharing” events like the Global Philanthropy Forum. Looking for the next breakthrough idea in the world of philanthropy? Want to connect with and fashion a partnership with the Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network,, the World Bank or others? The Global Philanthropy Forum is a good place to start.

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2014 Global Agenda for Economic Freedom

This reduction in freedom has been accompanied by stagnant growth of the U.S. economy and persistently high unemployment and underemployment. Promoting adoption of the revitalizing policies of economic freedom in the United States is essential to creating good new jobs for Americans. It is also vital to promote economic freedom abroad, since U.S. companies and workers increasingly rely on international trade and finance to improve productivity and build markets. America is a global economic superpower, but to remain so, its government and business community must encourage the free flows of capital, goods, services, and ideas around the world, which contribute to ongoing U.S. and global prosperity. Implementation of such forward-looking policies will kick-start the economic dynamism and innovation that will lead to better products, new markets, and greater investment.

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Growth is not enough to end extreme poverty, says World Bank Group

If the world is to effectively reduce poverty and reach key development goals in critical areas such as health and education, countries need to focus not only on achieving growth as an end in itself but on implementing policies that allocate resources to those who are extremely poor. This is the central message of a recent major World Bank paper that explores how nations can enhance shared prosperity and ensure that growth is of benefit across the board.

Prosperity for all, ending extreme poverty highlights the World Bank Group’s two bold goals to be achieved: eradicating extreme poverty so that no more than 3% of the global population live on less than US$ 1.25 a day; and raising income growth among the bottom 40% of earners.

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