These social entrepreneurs are lighting up Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Easy Solar provides solar lighting and chargers to power energy-deprived homes in Sierra Leone. The pay-as-you-go devices provide electricity to even the least-well-off families. A reliable energy grid is the foundation for […]

Plastic waste from Western countries is poisoning Indonesia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Indonesia has become a dumping ground for plastic from Australia, Europe and North America. The waste is burned as fuel by local communities, causing respiratory illness and other long-term health problems for […]

Africa’s shrinking lake shows the impact of climate change on women and indigenous people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content, In 50 years Lake Chad has shrunk to 10th its size; climate change a factor Lake vital for indigenous communities in one of the world’s poorest countries Locals use ancestral knowledge to overcome problems […]

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Southeast Asia’s growth in electricity demand is among the fastest in the world Renewable energy only meets around 15% of demand Higher temperatures are leading to an increased use of air-conditioning Peak […]

Paid paternity leave should be the norm in the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cara Brennan Allamano, Senior Vice-President, HR, Udemy There’s no question the United States is far behind other countries when it comes to supporting new mothers, but the idea of maternity leave, at least, is normalized in our culture. […]

34 million Americans know someone who died after being unable to pay for medical treatment

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content More than 13% of American adults say they have at least one friend or family member who died in the last five years after being unable to afford medical care. People of […]

These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Last year, nearly half the UK’s exports went to EU countries. The top five export destinations in 2017 were the US, Germany, France, Netherlands and Ireland, China was the sixth most-important export market […]

Here’s what you need to know about Bangladesh’s rocketing economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Bangladesh’s GDP growth rate is forecast to be 8% in 2020 The figures put it ahead of other Asian countries, including India It could shed its ‘least developed country’ status in five years […]

Lifting the lid on policy decisions across Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adeola Akinremi, Director of Strategic Communications, Policy Vault Africa As a leader on a policy reform project I worked on in Africa a few years back, I learned many things. First, finding policies of African national governments in the […]

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate deal is bad for US business. Here’s why.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Lemille, Co-founder and general secretary, African Circular Economy Network Earlier this month, the Trump administration decided to once again ignore increasingly urgent calls from businesses and investors to act on climate change, and instead initiated the formal process […]

How Kolkata is tackling its air pollution with public transportation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content Kolkata is pioneering greener commutes citywide – and thanks to an innovative project to deploy more electric buses and ferries, the city now ranks fifth on a list of places that are reducing […]

3 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, Community Specialist, Young Global Leaders – Asia, World Economic Forum Geneva It’s official: Singapore is the world’s smartest city. That’s according to a new survey Published by Swiss business school IMD and the Singapore University of Technology […]

This fascinating map shows how food moves around the US

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content In a country as big as the United States, you might expect food to travel hundreds of miles before it reaches the dinner table. But the first-ever map of America’s food supply chain […]

This is how New York plans to end its car culture

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Walking or cycling in Manhattan should soon be a lot safer following a vote by New York City councillors to build about 400 km of protected bike lanes and redesign 2,000 road junctions […]

Onagawa’s spirit of togetherness: lessons from the 2011 tsunami

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Tochibayashi, Public Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum, Japan November 5 is World Tsunami Awareness Day. According to the United Nations: “In the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 […]

South Korea wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content South Korea is vying to win the race to create the first hydrogen-powered society. It wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022 as it positions itself as a leader in the green technology. The […]

5 things we get wrong about young people, according to a US study

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content “Kids these days!” It’s a phrase that’s been bandied around since ancient times, usually accompanied by a sorrowful shake of the head. In the 4th century BCE, the great philosopher Plato is said […]

Can climate change wait for the US to rejoin the Paris agreement?

The US administration informed the United Nations (UN) two days ago that is starting the official process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement the moment that the whole world is experiencing the warmest October of the last forty years according to a research from a global group of around 11.000 scientists. On the other hand, […]

These countries have the most nuclear reactors

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. When nuclear power makes the news, it’s often for all the wrong reasons. The disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, ageing infrastructure in current plants, the spiralling costs of building new ones, and the unsolved issue of nuclear waste. And […]

The dark side of Diwali, festival of lights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: TP Chopra, Founder and CEO, Bharat Light & Power If you are in Delhi during Diwali, the city buzzes with celebrations. It is a time of giving, of adorning your home with beautiful lights to entice the Goddess Lakshmi […]

Can Argentina’s new president save the country’s economy?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. There were celebrations in Argentina last weekend following the election of a new president. But for the winner, Alberto Fernández and his running mate Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (a polarizing former president dubbed “CFK” by supporters), the sobering task […]

3 ways India can tackle its human-waste problem

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer, HCL Corporation & Subhashini Chandran, Managing Director, Xynteo India The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure availability of clean water and sanitation for all. The two are deeply interconnected issues: […]

Welcome to the age of the platform nation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) & Mihir Sharma, Senior fellow, Observer Research Foundation Since the First Industrial Revolution, growth and welfare have depended upon increasing the efficiency of production. Specialization, manufacturing, electricity and the computer all increased […]

These are the United States’ most exported products

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Silicon Valley may be the tech capital of the world but physical goods still account for around two-thirds of US exports, new figures show. Machinery and electrical equipment brought in $363 billion – […]

How India’s government can build better contracts with blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Punit Shukla, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum, C4IR India According to Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Laureate for economics, the three primary functions of a government are law and order, defence, and contract enforcement. […]

What India’s route to universal health coverage can teach the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chairperson, Apollo Munich Health Insurance The goal of universal health coverage (UHC) as stated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the most significant commitments to equitable […]

These are India’s cleanest cities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Indore is officially India’s cleanest city, topping a national survey for the third consecutive year. It’s a remarkable achievement – just a few years ago, it ranked a lowly 25th. The Swachh Survekshan […]

This is why retail is such a sore point in India-US trade relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The relationship between India and the United States has been described as one of the most important of the 21st century. India is predicted to be the world’s second-largest economy by 2030, with […]

Flying high: how India could lead the world in drones

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harrison Wolf, Project Lead, Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum & Vignesh Santhanam, India lead, Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace, World Economic Forum What will it take for drones and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to develop into flourishing, future-oriented […]

Why India can show us how to achieve growth with purpose

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Saurine Doshi, Head of Asia Pacific, A.T. Kearney As one of the world’s fastest-growing large economies, India occupies a prominent position on the global stage – and its ambitions are high. The Modi government aims to turn the Indian […]

How digital can transform healthcare in Asia for millions of people

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Edward Booty, CEO, Allied World Healthcare & Logan Ansell, Senior manager, strategy and partnerships, Allied World Healthcare More than half of the people on Earth still don’t have full coverage of essential health services and almost 100 million people […]

Why cooperative and competitive federalism is the secret to India’s success

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog Competitiveness is an idea that has stood the test of time. From early macroeconomic ideas of comparative advantage and competitive advantage, our understanding of the determinants of competitiveness has evolved considerably. More recently, the concept […]

Meet the Seed Warrior: the man on a mission to rescue India’s rice diversity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Debal Deb is known as the Seed Warrior, having spent the past two decades collecting and preserving India’s increasingly rare indigenous rice species. The ecologist’s efforts have led to the creation of a […]