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A child in a poor and isolated village in Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara. (Shtterstock/Reezky Pradata)

Without intervention, model shows COVID-19 will drag at least 3.6 million Indonesians into poverty

Bappenas conducted a simulation to predict how COVID-19 will impact poverty in Indonesia. Without intervention, the pandemic will drag at least 3.6 million Indonesians into poverty by the end of 2020.
An elderly man at a social grant paypoint in South Africa after the COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP) () Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa needs to end the lockdown: here’s a blueprint for its replacement

South Africa must develop a comprehensive health and economic strategy if it is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic without causing long term socio-economic damage.
Research shows Canadians want to move away from the GDP as a measurement of progress, prosperity and happiness, and consider protecting the environment more critical than growth. A hiker is seen here in British Columbia. Alex Shutin, Unsplash

Are Canadians ready to ditch GDP as a key prosperity indicator?

With a deepening climate crisis, unprecedented biodiversity loss and widespread inequality, it's pertinent to question if indefinite GDP growth will deliver true and long-lasting prosperity.
Hyunday’s five-factory complex at Ulsan, South Korea, which can make 1.4 million vehicles a year, fell silent on February 7 because of a lack of parts caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Yonhap/AFP

The growing impact of coronavirus on the global economy

As the human costs of the Covid-19 virus epidemic continue to rise, the virus is also taking its toll on global economy, with disrupted supply chains across a wide variety of industries.
Australia could achieve higher economic growth through more population growth and lower taxes, but at the expense of equality, fairness and the environment. www.shutterstock.com

We modelled 4 scenarios for Australia’s future. Economic growth alone can’t deliver the goods

A fairer, greener and more prosperous Australia is possible – so long as political leaders don't focus just on economic growth.
A farmer who installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm walks by the panels near Claresholm, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
South African companies have strengths on which to build on, particularly in telecoms Shutterstock

South Africa’s new economic proposals highlight the role of services

Services have not featured strongly in the economic strategies of developing countries. However, South Africa's recently published economic reform proposals point to a greater role for services.
Whooping cranes, a critically endangered species, breed in one location, a wetland in Wood Buffalo National Park. Yet a federal-provincial review panel has approved an oilsands mine that could kill some of the birds. (Shutterstock)

Energy development wins when it’s pitted against endangered species

Are our brains wired to favour growth over environmentally rational decisions?

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