Day: October 6, 2020

Can Jobs Grow On Trees? Pakistan’s Innovative Green Stimulus Shows How

In Pakistan, as the economy has struggled to cope with a Covid-19 lockdown, more than 63,000 jobs have been created since March for unemployed laborers known as “jungle workers” to plant saplings for 500 rupees ($3 USD) per day. Workers are given social distancing guidelines to ensure safety on-the-job. As part of a new “green …

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Domestic Abuse During Covid. New Zealand’s Innovative Response

For decades, New Zealand has been a world-leader in a category nobody wants to win: it has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the developed world. In 2018, the country’s police investigated more than 133,000 cases of violence within families, and responded to an incident every four minutes. Domestic violence is thought …

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Turning Shops Into Homes. John Lewis Sells A Big Idea

Britain’s squeezed property market and the John Lewis Partnership’s motto of never being “knowingly undersold” are not comfortable bedfellows. Democratized controversially by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s sale of publicly-owned council homes to their residents in the 1980s, housing is famously an obsession in this crowded nation, where homes are 70% owner-occupied and regarded by many as a better investment than stock …

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Covid’s Risk Premium. Policies For An Uninsurable Pandemic

Before Covid-19 gripped the world in a pandemic, myriad forecasts were made about the transfer of risk from the public to the private sector. With rising populations, governments would rely increasingly on private investors and corporates to fund spiralling social, environmental and infrastructure costs. Public-private partnerships would share more risks in health, education and transport. …

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Singapore Sprouting. A Pioneering Ag Tech Policy

Singapore has an impressive history of succeeding against the odds, emerging as a global economic and financial powerhouse out of the most unpromising conditions when it secured its independence after the Second World War. Becoming a global leader in food innovation and self-reliance, a goal it has doubled down on during the COVID-19 pandemic, would …

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Beyond Petroleum 2.0 Bernard Looney’s New Green Strategy For BP

“Beyond Petroleum” is a slogan Bernard Looney, the newish BP chief executive and a ‘lifer’ at the oil major, will never be allowed to forget. Nineteen years ago, when the company was under the command of ‘sun king’ John Browne, advertising agency Oglivy & Mather came up with the catchy slogan and a cheerful green …

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