How global development issues fared in Davos

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DAVOS, Switzerland — It can be easy to get caught up in the myriad of issues and debates, in the whirlwind of formal speeches, side events, and cocktail receptions that dazzle the Swiss town of Davos every January. The real test of the World Economic Forum’s worth for the global development community will come later, in the form of follow-up action.

In the meantime, in a fast-moving set of conversations tackling the world’s geopolitical and business challenges, the development issues can get lost. Here’s what made a splash this year and what didn’t fare as well.

Women’s empowerment and gender equality

An all female panel of co-chairs made sure to raise issues of women’s economic development and involvement throughout the highest levels of business — from supporting small women entrepreneurs in India, to changing cultures to see more women in the C-suite.

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