Why financial services can kickstart Africa’s digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Smit, Director, Cenfri & Chernay Johnson, Engagement manager, insight2impact Africa’s largely informal economy is digitizing. Improved internet and smartphone penetration have given rise to virtual marketplaces, also known as digital platforms, where millions of workers and enterprises have […]

4 steps to developing responsible AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wei Zhu, Chairman, Accenture Greater China Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the most disruptive technology of the information age. It stands to fundamentally transform society and the economy, changing the way people work and live. The rise of […]

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will provide €120 million to the EU’s beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. This represents an increase of €12 million compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. […]

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to a ruling by the General Court, today the Commission proposes to reinsert certain aspects of Real Driving Emissions testing (RDE) into legislation to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council.  The European Commission has been very active in promoting air quality, […]

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week. Protecting our democratic processes and institutions from […]

A quarter of Americans have no retirement savings

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content A quarter of non-retired adult Americans have no retirement savings or pension at all. Only 36% think their savings are on track. While financial preparedness increases with age, a new report from the US Federal Reserve […]

Where America’s refugees came from in 2018

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Historically, the United States has resettled more refugees than any other country. Since the creation of the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) in 1980, it has taken in 3 million of the […]

Localized microfactories – the new face of globalized manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amar Hanspal, CEO, Bright Machines The way products have been manufactured has evolved significantly over the past decades. Today, most are built in large factories in low-cost regions, primarily in Asia but also increasingly in eastern Europe and […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

Does upgrading our minds mean losing the spark of genius?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: George Church, Professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School & Murali Doraiswamy, Professor, Duke University Health System No two human brains are identical – each one of the 7.5 billion humans on earth has a unique pattern of neural wiring […]

South Africa’s cabinet is now 50% women for the first time ever

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 For the first time in South Africa’s history, women now make up half of the government’s cabinet, following changes implemented by recently-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa. One of the women appointed to a ministerial position […]

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next […]

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2019

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Growth in G20 international merchandise trade, seasonally adjusted and expressed in current US dollars, remained weak in the first quarter of 2019. G20 exports rose marginally by 0.4% quarter‑on‑quarter while imports fell by 1.2%. Compared to the third quarter of 2018, when the first round of new tariff measures affecting US-China trade […]

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Overhearing teenagers passionately discuss the climate crisis, while working for the British government, was a game-changer for one of the key architects of the Green New Deal for Europe. Pawel Wargan quit […]

Corporations must help shape a better world – or risk being left behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elisabeth Andvig, Project Specialist, Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, World Economic Forum Corporations are powerful actors in society. They have the opportunity to shape the world around them and to influence global agendas. They have a responsibility not just […]

How fintech is making investment accessible

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Widjaja, Vice-President, Engineering, Tokopedia & Ramil Bansal, Investment Product Head, Tokopedia Mutual funds are considered one of the safest investment options available. They work by allowing an individual to pool their money with other investors, creating a fund […]

Electronic cigarettes: is it really a safe alternative to smoking?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Tahreem Khalid, a student of second year BDS at Army medical college. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, […]

London is planting a giant bee corridor to boost insect numbers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content At any one time it’s estimated there are 10 quintillion insects alive. That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000. Or an awful lot of bugs. By biomass they outnumber humans many times over. Is your skin crawling yet? Many of […]

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released today by the European Commission. The large-scale studies based on the feedback from nearly 77 […]

Now’s the time to take up cycling – here are 6 reasons why

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 It’s good for you and great for the environment. So, as millions of cyclists around the world mark Bike to Work Day, here’s why life on two wheels makes sense. 1. Cycle […]

Explained, the economic ties between Europe and Asia

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ana Neves, Policy Analyst, Joint Research Centre, European Commission & William Becker, Researcher, Joint Research Centre, European Commission & Marcos Dominguez-Torreiro, Researcher, Joint Research Centre, European Commission Asia and Europe are now leading trade partners, with $1.5 trillion of […]

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ashvin Dayal, Associate VP & Managing Director, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive […]

How Africa’s women can drive the 4IR forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Njideka Harry, CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation In 2019, we are entering an exciting period of history when the world expects balance. We know that a more balanced, less biased world is a better one. Over the last […]

Why economic growth depends on closing the interview gap

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mohit Bhende, Co-founder, Karat & Jeffrey Spector, Co-founder, Karat In 2011, Marc Andreessen proclaimed that software is eating the world. The idea that most companies would become software-driven was a prediction. Today, it is an imperative. Lowes and Siemens are just two […]

How traditional Islamic giving can play a role in the future of aid

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maram Ahmed, Ms Maram Ahmed, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London Humanitarian disasters have led to an unprecedented level of forced displacement. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports more displaced persons now than […]

These are the world’s most positive countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? Almost three-quarters of the world did. The yes or no answers to this question, and four others about positive emotions from 151,000 adults in 143 countries, have […]

Russia must urgently step up fight against foreign bribery

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD Working Group on Bribery has repeatedly recommended since 2012 that Russia rectify key legislative deficiencies in order to comply with the Convention on Combating the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (Anti-Bribery Convention). Russia must also increase foreign bribery enforcement, having […]

3 ways blockchain can revolutionize global supply chains

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 Farm to table. Fair trade. Ethically sourced. These recent trends are evidence of consumers demanding to know more about the products they’re buying – from who made them to how they were […]

Global Leaders Take The Stage At MWC Shanghai 2019, in association with The European Sting

Sponsored content GSMA Announces Digital Leaders Programme; First Speakers; INSEAD Masterclass Programme; New Exhibitors and Partners 11 April 2019, Shanghai: The GSMA today announced the newly introduced Digital Leaders Programme, the first event speakers, Masterclass Programme and new exhibitors and partners for MWC Shanghai 2019, taking place 26 – 28 June 2019 at the Shanghai […]

These vending machines are giving out free short stories to London commuters

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Once upon a time, in one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world, the people were so busy, they didn’t have time to finish reading lengthy works […]

The middle-class dream is moving beyond millennial reach

  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 Do you feel like your cost of living is rising? If so, you’re not alone. Years of low income growth and increasing prices have made the “squeezed middle” a reality for […]

Are we letting politicians play with migrants’ health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariona Borell, a 22-year-old medical student from Barcelona. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, […]