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


16Jun2017

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

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


09Jun2017

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

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


02Jun2017

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

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

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26May2017

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

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


26May2017

Public-private partnerships: a powerful tool to improve health in Africa

Improving the quality of life for the people of Africa is one of the defining priorities of the African Development Bank. And there are few things closer to the quality of life than public health. Affordable and effective health services are a sign of sustainable and inclusive economic growth, as well as of stable, civilized and peaceful communities.


20May2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 19/05/2017

Facts and figures. Nepal plans to unlock the abundant hydropower potential of the Himalayan Mountains to sell electricity to neighbors like India and Bangladesh. (The Wall Street Journal)


12May2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 12/05/2017

As lifestyles change and as conditions such as HIV are slowly beaten back, diseases of affluence — including diabetes, heart disease and cancer — are gaining traction. The World Health Organisation projects that by 2030, close to 1m people a year in Africa will die of cancer alone. Currently, those who can afford treatment often travel to places such as India, Turkey and Europe. GE, for example, says it has just four PET scanners, used to produce detailed images of the body, installed in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.


05May2017

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

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


28Apr2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 28/04/2017

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


24Apr2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 21/04/2017

Welcome to your weekly update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development. In order to keep with this week’s current events, most of the links are focusing on the IMF / World Bank Spring Meetings.


14Apr2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 14/04/2017

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


07Apr2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 07/04/2017

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


31Mar2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 31/03/2017

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

1. Facts and figures. In a recent study, MIT and Boston University economists conclude that each additional robot reduced employment in a given commuting area by 3-6 workers, and lowered overall wages by 0.25-0.5%. (Quartz)


24Mar2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 24/03/2017

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


22Mar2017

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 17/03/2017

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


16Mar2017

Building Africa’s education systems for a prosperous future

Africa lacks a critical mass of skilled labor because of low access to, and high dropouts from education systems. Only about one third of children are in secondary school, and just over one in ten have access to higher education, compared to rates three times as high in other developing countries. Indeed, half of the children of primary and lower secondary school age who are not in school, are in Africa. This represents a total of 60 million youths. This is indeed a serious threat to social cohesion and labor force productivity of the future. The question is what to do about it.