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IMF Blog: Migration to Advanced Economies Can Raise Growth

Migration has been the focus of intense political debate in recent years. While most people have positive perceptions about immigrants, there are misconceptions and concerns. For instance, some think that migrants are a burden on economies. Our new study in Chapter 4

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IMF Blog: The Great Lockdown through a Global Lens

The Great Lockdown is expected to play out in three phases, first as countries enter the lockdown, then as they exit, and finally as they escape the lockdown when there is a medical solution to the pandemic. Many countries are now

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IFC Insights: The Private Sector’s Role in Africa’s Recovery

By Devon Maylie Strive Masiyiwa, executive chairman and founder of Econet Group, a diversified technology group he started in Zimbabwe, is one of Africa’s most successful businessmen and philanthropists. Now he’s using his private sector influence to help countries in

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Investing in Africa’s People Yields Impact, Strengthens Efforts to Beat Pandemic

Every sunset, Salamatu Bangura makes her way down to the shores of Bonga Wharf, about 20 miles southeast of Freetown, Sierra Leone. There, she greets the pink skies and familiar faces of the fishermen who loan her fish that she

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Islamic Development Bank Issues US$ 1.5 Billion Debut Sustainability Sukuk in Response to COVID-19

The Bank, rated Aaa/AAA/AAA by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch (all stable outlook), successfully priced the 5-year Trust Certificates under its US$25 billion Trust Certificate Issuance Programme. It was priced at par with a profit rate of 0.908% to be payable

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AstraZeneca takes next steps towards broad and equitable access to Oxford University’s potential COVID-19 vaccine

Agreements with CEPI and Gavi and the Serum Institute of India will bring vaccine to low-and-middle income countries and beyond Global supply capacity to exceed two billion doses AstraZeneca has taken the next steps in its commitment to broad and equitable

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Impact at IFC: Peru Takes the Fight Against COVID-19 Online

The website Municipio al Día was initially developed as a resource for municipalities in Peru to improve their performance and manage municipal investment resources more effectively. It offers municipal governments on-demand access to expert advice, up-to-date information about regulations, and a database

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WHO urges mask use in confined public areas, where coronavirus still spreads

Governments in areas with widespread COVID-19 transmission should encourage the use of non-medical masks on public transport, in shops and in other locations where physical distancing is difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends, in updated guidance published on Friday.

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WHO: ‘It didn’t kill me, but I came out stronger’

A nurse contracted COVID-19 from one of his patients, recovered, and returned to work with much more resolve and compassion Eugene, a 32-year old nurse, left the elderly care home early on 1 April eager to spend time with his

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Terrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that the last six months have been particularly challenging as the G5 Sahel group of nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – deploys a joint force to restore stability to the vast

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