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Heidelberg University (CSI) on Financial Innovation: Unleashing Full Potential of Impact Investing

Many relevant fields and geographic areas are blank spots on the impact investing landscape, because they appear too risky or offer too low returns. If impact investing is to contribute to the SDGS, this needs to change. Financial innovation could

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Ayah Bdeir: Innovation, Invention from Mouths and Hands of Babes

Get them while they’re young and make it fun, says littleBits founder Ayah Bdeir, and we can ignite a child’s innate curiosity for STEM subjects. Innovators of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are researching and collaborating to deliver solutions

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Lord Waverley: Drone Industry Needs a Coherent Voice — and Some Interest From Investors

Drones are changing the way in which we interact with one another. From commercial applications to lifesaving transportation, drones are a reality which cannot be ignored. The potential of these remote-controlled flying robots is unlimited. But to unlock the full

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AI Convergence in 4IR

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are gaining a strong foothold across numerous applications, lowering the barriers to the use and availability of data (figure 1). From now on, AI will not only be relevant to just a few large

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OCCAM, the UN-affiliated Observatory on Digital Communication: ICT Village Programme Impact in Stark Contrast to Wealth and Aid

It is calculated that the eight richest people in the world between them control the same amount of wealth as 2.5 billion of the poorest. How can the massive flow of technological innovations bring development and raise the overall level

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Artificial Intelligence in FinTech

From Product Marketing, through RoboAdvice, Compliance and Fraud Detection activities, Artificial Intelligence is finding its place, but for the forseeable future will make more efficient, rather than replace human activities. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been getting a lot of attention

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Calestous Juma: A Biotech Revolution for Africa

In western countries, the genetic modification of crops is often seen as a threat to the environment. Professor Calestous Juma takes a contrarian view: he is a keen advocate of biotechnology and its potential to transform African economies. The dynamic

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Strategy&: Gaining a Competitive Edge in Africa

Worldwide, companies have begun to make expansion across Africa a priority, recognising that – despite many problems – the continent is amongst the fastest-growing regions in the world. Africa is poised for long-term economic growth: the continent has 600 million

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Troy Wiseman: Bamboo – A Sustainable Source of Fibre

Over the last ten years, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and REDD+ developments have proved that the price attributed to, and the willingness to pay for, forest based ecosystem services – whether through compliance or voluntary schemes

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World Bank to Promote High-Quality Innovations in Kazakhstan

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$88 million loan to help Kazakhstan foster innovation by promoting high-quality nationally relevant research and commercialization of technologies. The Fostering Productive Innovation Project will contribute to improving critical areas, such

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