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A new index shows how to measure gender equality in the SDGs


CANBERRA — In today’s development thinking, gender plays an key role — including in achieving the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals. But in progressing the SDG gender agenda, how do you create a solid set of data and monitor progress?

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A new US development finance agency takes flight


WASHINGTON — The United States will have a new development finance institution.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development, or BUILD Act, which will create a new U.S. government agency — the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. Development experts called it the biggest change in U.S. development policy in 15 years.

A view of the plenary session at the 6th Africa CEO Forum

Africa's leading private sector investment conference kicks off in Abidjan


ABIDJAN — Transforming Africa — and how to effectively do so in a digital era — shaped panel discussions and sideline debates during the opening day of the sixth annual Africa CEO Forum, the continent’s premier private sector conference, which kicked off Monday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Illustration by Matt Murphy appearing in The Economist article "The workplace of the future"

AI-spy: The workplace of the future


As artificial intelligence pushes beyond the tech industry, work could become fairer—or more oppressive

Jerome Powell, seen at the 2016 Jackson Hole economic symposium, headlines a long list of central bankers gathering in the Grand Tetons this week. PHOTO: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG NEWS

As Central Bankers Meet, Economic Uncertainties Weigh on Sunny Outlook


Tariffs, emerging markets and U.S. discord are likely to be the focus of side conversations at the Fed’s annual mountain retreat

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Asia-Pacific turns to innovative finance to stamp out malaria


HANOI, Vietnam — With grant funding for malaria drying up, global health advocates have come to this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN with a pitch for more innovative financing — including from institutions such as the Asian Development Bank.

Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative

Between Trump and Brussels, Trade Talks Face Myriad Challenges


BRUSSELS — When it comes to trade negotiations, there is Trump speed, and then there is Brussels speed. Reconciling the two will be more laborious and hazardous than expected, exposing the world’s biggest trade partnership to further turmoil in the months ahead.

UK prime minister Theresa May hopes the EU27 leaders will give a political push to the EU’s chief negotiator to close a deal.

Brexit timeline: key dates in UK’s divorce with EU


Britain is nearing the final straight of Brexit. At 11pm local time on March 29 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the bloc. But still to be decided is what precisely will happen on Brexit day, what kind of deal, if any, Britain will leave with, and the final destination of the negotiations.

With less than six months to go, the Financial Times sets out the chief way stations on the road to Brexit and beyond.

Lighthizer and Freeland

Can Nafta Be Saved? These Two Negotiators Are Trying.


WASHINGTON — One is a Rhodes scholar, a globe-trotting former journalist and, perhaps one day, a Canadian prime minister. The other is a veteran Republican lawyer who toiled as a congressional staff aide, represented the steel industry and has been cutting trade deals in Washington since the Reagan administration.

Chinese household debt hits record high, study shows

Chinese household debt hits record high, study shows


China’s household debt reached a record high last year, adding to worries the burden of debt services could weigh on long-term consumer spending and drag on growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

The country’s ratio of household debt to gross domestic product hit an all-time high of 49.1 per cent in 2017, marking an increase of nearly 20 per percentage points over the past five years, German insurer Allianz said in its latest global wealth report.