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

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

Written by Jennifer Blanke Vice-President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, the African Development Bank

  1. Facts and figures. Africa lacks a critical mass of skilled labor because of low access to, and high dropouts from education systems. The question is what to do about Building Africa's education systems for a prosperous future. (The African Development Bank)


  2. Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller on income inequality, robots and a path to a fairer society. (The Wharton School)


  3. According to Bill Gates cutting foreign aid makes America less safe. Here's why. (Time Magazine)


  4. And William Easterly ponders development in a time of xenophobia. (Columbia)


  5. According to a new report by Kofi Annan, there is a clear solution to Africa's electricity crisis. (Africa Progress Panel)


  6. Is North America really bigger than Africa? This map sets things straight. (Boston Globe)


  7. Billions of people have gained access to clean and safe drinking water in recent years, but huge inequalities remain. (The Guardian)


  8. The Nile River Delta, once the bread basket of the world, may soon be uninhabitable due to climate change. (Quartz Africa)


  9. Malawian Airlines makes historic flight with an all-female crew. (Voice of America)


  10. It turns out that people who speak multiple languages make the best employees. Why? (Quartz Africa)

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.


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