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    Mobile money conference

    Mobile money is a potentially transformational innovation that offers low cost transfers, payments, and financial services that are increasingly popular in emerging economies where access to traditional banking services is sparse. Rapid adoption of mobile money holds out much promise, but its impact on financial inclusion and macroeconomic development are yet well...

    13 October 2017

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    IMF Annual Meetings seminar with Paul Collier

    The recent rise in sovereign debt vulnerabilities in many developing countries merits attention, especially in the context of a new creditor landscape and rising shares of domestic, non-concessional and collateralized debts. Key policy questions include: How can sovereigns increase their resilience to exogenous shocks? Can state-contingent debt help? What role can official...

    11 October 2017

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    Public lecture on the macroeconomics of the digital revolution

    The automation of robots and artificial intelligence is pretty well advanced in certain industries. The income now is shifting more and more to capital and away from workers, contributing to a general widening of inequality in the United States. Jeff Sachs argues that we need to pursue policies so that the coming generation of smart machines works for us and our well-being,...

    2 October 2017

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    Evidence session 5: Building resilience to shocks

    Countries facing fragility and conflict lack resilience to conflict and other shocks – conflict, economic instability, poverty, climate change, epidemics, and fragility tend to feed off each other in a negative cycle. The end of the commodity price boom represents a major economic shock for most of the developing world, especially Africa. The recent outbreak of Ebola in...

    28 September 2017

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    Evidence session 4: Promoting private sector development

    In fragile environments that suffer from unstable and corrupt political regimes and difficult business climates, there is an increasing consensus that strengthening the private sector can be vital to economic and social progress. Private business is often able to operate even in the absence of stable government and therefore presents a promising growth opportunity for...

    27 September 2017