How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked

How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked

April 02, 2020

A first lesson we are drawing from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to climate change is that well-resourced, equitable health systems with a strong and supported health workforce are essential to protect us from health security threats, including climate change.

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‘We’re the virus’: The pandemic is bringing out environmentalism’s dark side

‘We’re the virus’: The pandemic is bringing out environmentalism’s dark side

March 30, 2020

“Coronavirus is Earth’s vaccine. We’re the virus.”

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Our post-coronavirus world will be built on what we say and do now

Our post-coronavirus world will be built on what we say and do now

March 30, 2020

We are facing a crisis of historic proportions. But if what we are going through can indeed be called a war, it is certainly not a typical one. After all, today’s enemy is shared by all of humankind, and the mobilization of state resources must go hand in hand with the demobilization of most of the population.

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The Special Economic Impact of Pandemics

The Special Economic Impact of Pandemics

March 26, 2020

While the economic impact of a pandemic may not be long-lasting if the underlying cause is contained quickly, it can be powerful enough to shutter some businesses and lead to sharp spikes in unemployment. The biggest pandemic in modern history was the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, during which many service-based businesses suffered double-digit losses.

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IMF sees coronavirus pandemic causing global recession in 2020, recovery in 2021.

IMF sees coronavirus pandemic causing global recession in 2020, recovery in 2021.

March 26, 2020

Georgieva said the IMF would massively step up emergency finance, noting that 80 countries have already requested help and that the IMF stood ready to deploy all of its US$1 trillion (S$1.45 trillion) in lending capacity.

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Can technology help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on education systems in Europe and Central Asia?

Can technology help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on education systems in Europe and Central Asia?

March 26, 2020

A time of crisis is also an opportunity for all education systems to look into the future, adjust to possible threats, and build their capacity. We believe that the Europe and Central Asia region has enormous potential for this to happen, regardless of COVID-19.

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Helping Companies, Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping Companies, Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020

In response, IFC is increasing the amount of financing for companies to help fight the outbreak. IFC’s Board of Directors on Tuesday approved an additional $2 billion in fast-track financing, bringing the total to $8 billion in support to help sustain economies and protect jobs. 

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Managing the impact of COVID-19 on education systems around the world: How countries are preparing, coping, and planning for recovery

Managing the impact of COVID-19 on education systems around the world: How countries are preparing, coping, and planning for recovery

March 26, 2020

Education interventions during a crisis can support prevention and recovery of public health while mitigating the impact on students and learning.  Where health facilities may be scarce, schools can be turned into makeshift holding centers during a crisis.  This all needs to be factored into planning, particularly during the coping and recovery phases.

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An entrepreneur’s guide to startup resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

An entrepreneur’s guide to startup resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 20, 2020

Startups are also worrying about the rising economic uncertainty that comes with a pandemic. The United Nations (UN) has warned that the outbreak could cost the global economy $1 trillion this year alone, and tech leaders from top firms including Sequoia Capital and Founder Institute are providing advice to startup founders about bracing ourselves for turbulence.

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Coronavirus could spark a revolution in working from home. Are we ready?

Coronavirus could spark a revolution in working from home. Are we ready?

March 11, 2020

With no end in sight to COVID-19, many businesses are developing or implementing work-from-home policies to ensure business continuity. If employees and employers can get the balance right and enjoy the benefits of well-planned telework, this coronavirus outbreak could prove to be the tipping point for remote work arrangements to become the norm.

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