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WEF strategy meeting seeks to use SDGs as a roadmap to purpose

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By Catherine Cheney

The 17 global development goals offer a possible guide to companies that might otherwise have a hard time eliminating the perceived trade-offs between profit and purpose.


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ASEAN and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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A look back at the World Economic Forum on Africa

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Experts say that adverse weather patterns and climate change are here to stay, which means famine could become a recurring problem in many areas of Africa. As a result, immediate mitigation efforts must also include investments spread across the agriculture sector.


South African environment minister shares lessons on how to create blue economies

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Gates Foundation: Africa can tackle inequality via its own research

The Gates Foundation is at the World Economic Forum on Africa to lend its voice to the idea of reducing inequalities and to try to get African governments to invest more in research and development, Ayo Ajayi, the director of the foundation's Africa team, told Devex.


Tackling the problems of fragile states in Africa

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WTO's Agah on trade's enduring role in an era of retreat

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NEPAD reprioritizes focus on intra-African trade via regional transport corridors

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About 1,000 business, civil society and government leaders from more than 100 countries have descended upon Durban, South Africa, for the 27th World Economic Forum on Africa. Here are some of the topics Devex will be watching this week.


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