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Blog: 3 challenges for the future of Brazil - and the world

Luciano Huck
January 22, 2019

From spiralling geopolitical tensions in the Middle East to raging forest fires in Australia, 2020 certainly started with a bang. A shortlist of some of our biggest existential threats includes accelerating climate change, staggering inequalities and the failure of nation-states to cooperate to mitigate shared global risks. With all the bad news, it is hard to see the incredible possibilities on the horizon, not least advances in health, education and the boundless potential of new technologies. A growing number of businesses including huge asset managers like BlackRock are also becoming greener. All of these challenges and opportunities are apparent in Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest democracy and its ninth biggest economy.


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Blog: El alto costo de la delincuencia en América Central

Dmitry Plotnikov
January 20, 2019

En América Central, los costos humanos de la delincuencia siguen siendo de los más elevados del mundo. En El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras —los países que integran el denominado Triángulo Norte— se registran alrededor del 4,5% de los homicidios en todo el mundo a pesar de tener solamente alrededor del 0,4% de la población mundial.


Blog: Cuando la desigualdad se arraiga en el sistema

Carlos Scartascini
January 17, 2019

Cientos de miles de manifestantes se han lanzado a las calles en las últimas semanas en distintos países, desde Chile y Colombia hasta el Líbano e Irak. Se ha registrado destrucción en centros de transporte, saqueos en tiendas y ataques en varias instituciones gubernamentales. En todo esto, docenas de personas han perdido la vida.


Blog: Civil society can make sure no one is left stranded by the skills gap

Christopher Worman, Hector Mujica and Melissa Huerta
January 15, 2019

McKinsey estimates one-third of humanity will be in a different job by the end of the decade. According to the World Bank Enterprise Surveys, 31.6% of companies in Latin America struggle to find qualified workers, higher than the global average. A recent study by the Inter-american Development Bank cites that only 30% of children in third and fourth grade actually meet the minimum benchmark for critical skills required in the digital era. And in its Future of Jobs Report, the World Economic Forum highlights that reskilling and upskilling will be essential in order to prevent “undesirable lose-lose scenarios at the national level: technological change accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality”.


Blog: Cómo manejar el ciclo de auge y colapso de los flujos de capitales en América Latina

Antonio David y Carlos Gonçalves
January 13, 2019

Los flujos internacionales de capitales, que representan el movimiento del dinero entre países para el comercio o la inversión, son cruciales para el desarrollo económico de América Latina, ya que contribuyen a atraer nuevas tecnologías y prácticas gerenciales óptimas y complementan un ahorro interno insuficiente para financiar la inversión.


Blog: Ensuring that the Gains from Trade are Inclusive and Sustainable

Eric Parrado Herrera and Ernesto Stein
January 10, 2019

Thirty years ago, as part of their development strategy, and after many years of protectionism, the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean embarked on a process of ambitious trade liberalization. This was only one of many different reforms made in the framework of the Washington consensus. But it was without question the most important one. Tariffs were eliminated, non-tariff trade barriers were torn down, and countries—some more than others—signed ambitious preferential trade agreements.


Blog: Reducir la desigualdad para generar oportunidades

Kristalina Georgieva
January 8, 2019

En la última década, la desigualdad se ha convertido en uno de los problemas más complejos y desconcertantes de la economía mundial. Desigualdad de oportunidades . Desigualdad intergeneracional . Desigualdad entre mujeres y hombres. Y, desde luego, desigualdad del ingreso y la riqueza . Todas estas desigualdades están presentes en nuestras sociedades, y en muchos países, desafortunadamente, están en aumento.


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