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World Bank – East Asia and Pacific: Countries Must Act Now to Mitigate Economic Shock of COVID-19

The virus that triggered a supply shock in China has now caused a global shock. Developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), recovering from trade tensions and struggling with COVID-19, now face the prospect of a global financial shock

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WHO releases guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively. Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are

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World Bank Blogs: Thinking ahead – for a sustainable recovery from COVID-19

Across the World Bank Group, efforts are underway to help governments respond to the crisis triggered by COVID-19. The priority today is to support overwhelmed health systems and the millions of workers and business owners who are being hit hard.

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Business in Times of Corona: The Lure of Rustbelts When Lean Is No Longer Mean

During their short lifetime, shrimp barely migrate. Aided by a snap of their tail and the tidal currents, the crustaceans may cover a distance of perhaps a few thousand meters in a day. However, once caught, shrimp become a migrating

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Business in Times of Corona: The Welfare State May Yet Prove Its Worth

The currently much deplored absence of a social security safety net is a feature – and not necessarily a bug – of the essentially wage-driven growth model that underpins the US economy. However, under the present exceptional circumstances the script

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Blessings, Curses, Co-operation and Collaboration – the Virus is Forcing Knowledge upon us

No one was expecting this. No one knows what will happen next. Does that make this a time to hunker down and wait, to stand on something and watch, or to gamely strive for business-as-usual-as-possible? In that most nebulous and

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Business in Times of Corona: A Gathering Storm Darkens the Prospects of Africa

Even before the corona virus made its presence known, market analysts had no need for prescient powers to predict trouble ahead for South Africa. Already in February, consumer and business confidence had approached a 30-year low as the country’s anaemic

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World Bank Blogs – David Malpass – March 27, 2020 end of week update: Important steps

World Bank teams made significant progress this week on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is my summary of some of our activities: At the end of the week, World Bank teams are finalizing COVID-19-related projects in 60 countries

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Kellogg Insight: The Coronavirus Has Upended Supply Chains. Here’s How Companies Can Prepare for the Next Disruption.

There are strategies that both large and small companies can implement to make their manufacturing more agile. Based on insights from Sunil Chopra The COVID-19 pandemic has tested supply chains like no other event in recent history. With entire populations

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WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp

WHO has launched a dedicated messaging services in Arabic, English, French and Spanish with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to

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