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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


17May2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 17 May 2019

New Zealand announces a “wellbeing” budget, why Ramadan is driving an alternative economy in Egypt and how cricket in India can teach us about development economics – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


10May2019

Civil Society Forum 2019: engaging civil society to accelerate regional integration for Africa’s economic prosperity

This week, the African Development Bank celebrated its tenth annual Civil Society Forum, hosting more than two hundred representatives from civil society and international organizations as well as from governments from across the continent, at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan.


03May2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 03 May 2019

A side event at the Warren Buffet Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting asks why women and minorities control less than 1% of assets under management, America’s global trade wars have Americans milking fewer cows and why some researchers say the price of China’s Belt and Road Initiative is too high – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


26Apr2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 26 April 2019

How the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka may have a lasting effect on that nation’s tourism-dependent economy, China hosts world leaders for a Belt and Road Initiative showcase and a jaw-dropping investigation into how billions of US$ worth of gold smuggled out of Africa is hurting African economies - here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.

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19Apr2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 19 April 2019

How artificial intelligence and robotics can transform economies, why the Central Bank of Jamaica is using reggae music to communicate economic policy, and what U.S. Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump said to Africa’s aspiring women entrepreneurs in Cote d’Ivoire – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


12Apr2019

10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 12 April 2019

Measuring the impact of America halting aid to Central America, how China’s growing development influence in Africa has more Africans learning Mandarin, and why some say sexism isn’t helping stop the spread of tuberculosis – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


08Mar2019

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 08 March 2019

Reducing a multi-billion U.S. dollar gender mobile phone gap, defining gender lens investing and how Ethiopia's President says women are rising to the challenge. On International Women’s Day – celebrating the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women – here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.


08Feb2019

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 08/02/2019

Opinion: The coming China shock. Why some experts say recent macroeconomic developments suggest that China’s exceptionalism is nearing its expiry date, with potentially devastating effects for the global economy. (Project Syndicate)


29Jan2019

Davos takeaways: Preparing for an African Century

Returning to the warmth of Abidjan after the World Economic Forum’s meeting in icy cold Davos, under the theme Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I have been reflecting on the discussions and what they mean for African development.

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25Jan2019

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 25/01/2019

Your weekly, curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development – Davos Edition. Welcome to some of the eye-catching stories out of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting – as well as a few you may have missed.


18Jan2019

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 18/01/2019

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


14Dec2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 14/12/2018

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


09Nov2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 09/11/2018

Welcome to your weekly update – a curated list of some of this week’s most interesting stories on economic growth, human and social development. This week, as the Bank’s first Africa Investment Summit comes to a close, we look at investment across the continent.


15Oct2018

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

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


17Aug2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 17/08/2018

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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10Aug2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 10/08/2018

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


03Aug2018

10 must-read economics stories of the week, 03/08/2018

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


06Jul2018

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

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


01Jun2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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. 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

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


22Dec2017

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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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


24Nov2017

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

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: 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

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


10Nov2017

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

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


03Nov2017

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

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


27Oct2017

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

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: 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

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: 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

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: 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

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. 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)


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