Jennifer Blanke

Jennifer Blanke is Vice-President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group, responsible for overseeing the Bank's strategy and activities in this area.

She was previously Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum, overseeing economic research activities and projects. She has written and lectured extensively on issues related to national competitiveness.

Jennifer holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, and an MA and PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. She is presently member of the Canadian government's Council of Economic Growth and holds a number of non-executive board responsibilities in the not-for-profit sector.

Linkedin: j.mp/JenniferBlanke


06Jul2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 06/07/2018

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01Jun2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 01/06/2018

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Can “effective altruism” maximize the bang for each charitable buck? A new social movement is trying to bring economic and scientific rigor to philanthropy. (The Economist)


25May2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 25/05/2018

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Here is how fast China’s economy is catching up to the United States. Bloomberg charts the two economic giants. (Bloomberg).


04May2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 04/05/2018

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27Apr2018

Accelerating the African Development Bank’s impact in Central African Republic

I recently saw first-hand how African Development Bank-funded projects in Central African Republic (CAR) are impacting real people, providing life improving skills and services.


27Apr2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 27/04/2018

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Central banks in emerging economies are more likely to surprise investors with unexpected decisions than their counterparts in developed nations. An analysis of 20 central banks found that the Federal Reserve surprised the least. (Bloomberg Economics)


20Apr2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 20/04/2018

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Inflation and trade disputes taint prospects for global economy. Many emerging markets are still enjoying momentum from last year but there are increasing concerns about rising debt and vulnerability to capital flight as richer countries' interest rates rise. (Financial Times)


30Mar2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 30/03/2018

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Emerging markets now account for the dominant share of global GDP, says Investing.com. Check out a series of charts explaining the global trade boom.

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23Mar2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 23/03/2018

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Can Russia’s Youth make for a new Russia? Those who have grown up under Vladimir Putin see the world differently from their older siblings, parents and grandparents, according to a new survey. (The Economist)


16Mar2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 16/03/2018

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1. The World Happiness Report – a ranking of 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants – is out. Find out how where you live, ranks. (World Happiness Report)


09Mar2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 09/03/2018

The gains women have made over the past several decades in labor force participation, wages and access to more lucrative positions have strengthened their position in the American workforce. But women in majority-male workplaces report higher rates of gender discrimination. (Pew Research Center)


26Feb2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 23/02/2018

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Why some say the gender wage gap should really be called child penalty. The big debate isn’t whether a gender wage gap exists — it’s why the gap exists. (Vox)


16Feb2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 16/02/2018

The world has been living through the most dramatic decline in global poverty ever. However, a new report predicts which nations are least likely to tackle extreme poverty by 2030. (Brookings Institution)


09Feb2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 09/02/2018

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Going to university is more important than ever for young people.

But the financial returns are falling. (The Economist)


02Feb2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 02/02/2018

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Remittances from abroad are - still - major economic assets for some developing countries. So says a new assessment of the latest data on the ‘save and send it home’ tradition. (Pew Research Center)


26Jan2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 26/01/2018

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Measuring up the history of the global economy: there’s been an intriguing reversal of fortune for the average Asian and African over the years. (Quartz)


19Jan2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 19/01/2018

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China reports its fastest economic growth in seven years. China’s national statistics board says that nation’s per capita income rose nine percent in 2017. (South China Morning Post)


17Jan2018

Fulfilling Africa’s agriculture potential: The role of technology

Agricultural technologies - improved crop varieties, fertilizers, agro-chemicals, inoculants, and crop management methods - have led to increased global food production of an impressive 3-4 percent on average over the past six decades. In all regions but Africa, crop yields have remained a step ahead of population growth, helping free the world of hunger and famine.

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12Jan2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 12/01/2018

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1. Analysis: The Chinese are now buying as much stuff as Americans. Is this is a game-changer for the world economy? (Washington Post)


05Jan2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 05 January 2018

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1. The goal of workplace diversity can't be realized if employees don’t interact with one another, researchers say. New mapping tools offer powerful visuals showing how much – or little – inclusion really plays out in the office. (Harvard Business Review)


29Dec2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 29/12/2017

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22Dec2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 22/12/2017

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1. Facts and figures: What happened to African production when China entered the textile industry? In the early 2000s DRC’s production of intricate fabrics collapsed under an influx of cheap imports from China, unravelling the local economy. The cultural significance of local prints was not enough to save the factory or the jobs of hundreds of family breadwinners. (Quartz)

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15Dec2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 15/12/2017

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1. Facts and figures: Is the world becoming more unequal? Over the past decade, income inequality has fallen or stabilized, rather than risen, in most parts of the world. But in many countries inequality remains well above the levels experienced in the 1970s. Piketty and colleagues seek to present global picture of income and wealth divergences. (Financial Times)


08Dec2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 08/12/2017

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1. Facts and figures: What the world would look like if there were only 100 people? How many of them would be able to read and write? How many would have access to the internet? How many would have clean water to drink? (World Economic Forum)


30Nov2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 30/11/2017

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24Nov2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 24/11/2017

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1. Facts and figures: By 2050, there will be two billion more mouths to feed than today. How will we feed this many people, particularly given the rapidly changing global diet especially in developing countries in Africa and Asia? (Raconteur)


17Nov2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 17/11/2017

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10Nov2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 10/11/2017

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03Nov2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 03/11/2017

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27Oct2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 27/10/2017

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1. Facts and figures: Renewables will give more people access to electricity than coal. Around the world, more than a billion people still lack access to electricity. Although coal has supplied nearly half of the progress from 2000 to date, for the hardest-to-reach people in remote, rural areas, renewable off-grid solutions offer the lowest cost. (Eco-Business)


20Oct2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 20/10/2017

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1. Facts and figures: The percentage of workers in agriculture ranges from more than 70% in Rwanda, Madagascar, Guinea, Ethiopia, and Uganda to under 5% in South Africa. How can African development be powered by a revolution in agriculture? (ACET)

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13Oct2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 13/10/2017

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1. Facts and figures: There will be 1.3 billion more Africans by 2050, according to the UN. This would be more than double the continent's current population. Read about the 5 critical must-haves for a well-managed transition from the perspective of an African millennial. (World Economic Forum)


22Sep2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 22/09/2017

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1. Facts and figures. There is a substantial informal economy in many African countries. In fact, the informal sector contributes 50-80 percent of GDP, 60-80 percent of employment, and 90 percent of new jobs. This is holding back economic and human development. (2017 Africa Foresight report / Top Priorities for the Continent in 2017)


15Sep2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 15/09/2017

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1. Facts and figures. Resources for Africa’s Development are dangerously in decline.

Across aid, domestic revenues, and FDI combined, resources to support African countries’ development have dropped by 22% since 2012. Meanwhile, Africa’s population has increased by 14%.


08Sep2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 08/09/2017

Facts and figures. By 2015, 5 billion people had at least basic sanitation services. But many people still do not, and they are mainly concentrated in a few regions. What can be done to close this gap? (WHO / UNIVEF : Progress on Drinking Water.2017)


31Aug2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 31/08/2017

Facts and figures. Women’s roles in rural Africa generally continue to include providing household energy supplies, including gathering fuelwood or paying for energy for cooking, lighting and heating.


25Aug2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 25/08/2017

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18Aug2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 18/08/2017

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11Aug2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 11/08/2017

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04Aug2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 04/08/2017

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Facts and figures. The top five commodities imported from India by African countries in 2014 were: petroleum, rice, medicine, cars and frozen beef. So what did India import from Africa?


28Jul2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 28/07/2017

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1. Facts and figures. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has just released its first report on spatial distribution of various indicators – a summarized statistical description in form of an atlas. It is intended to provide a visual analysis of the distribution of a given statistic/indicator to help better understand and provide exact description of a phenomenon of nature, in order to assist proper and efficient planning.

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21Jul2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 21/07/2017

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14Jul2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 14/07/2017

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07Jul2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 07/07/2017

Welcome to your weekly update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development.


30Jun2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 30/06/2017

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23Jun2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 23/06/2017

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16Jun2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 16/06/2017

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09Jun2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 09/06/2017

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02Jun2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 02/06/2017

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26May2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 26/05/2017

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