• Local Solutions to Address Climate Challenges and Drive Economic Development


    9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST
    Wednesday, March 2, 2016
    Room I2-250 (I Building)
    1850 I Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006


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    The global commitment to climate action in the Paris Agreement at COP 21 demands innovative and accelerated climate solutions for developing countries that also drive economic growth. While promising climate-friendly innovation is occurring in energy, water, and agriculture, the path to scale these initiatives too often involves lengthy timelines.

    Join a high-level discussion to explore how the World Bank Group works with local partners to quickly scale novel clean technologies and businesses to address both climate and development needs.

    Speakers include CEOs from seven of the World Bank's Climate­ Innovation C­ente­rs and senior representatives from:

     U.S. Department of Energy
    • United Nations Foundation
    • UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
    • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
    • World Bank’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice
    • World Bank’s Climate Change Cross-Cutting Solution Area
    • World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice

    About the World Bank’s Network of Climate Innovation Centers

    The World Bank’s Climate Technology Program is establishing a global network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) in seven countries around the world—Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Morocco, Ghana, and Vietnam. The centers are locally owned institutions that provide local clean technology ventures with the knowledge, capital, and access to markets required to launch and scale their businesses. For more information, please visit:



  • From 21-23 June 2016, Ministers, the business community, civil society, labour and the Internet technical community will gather in Cancún, Mexico, for an OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity. This meeting will be an important opportunity to move the digital policy agenda forward by helping policymakers and other stakeholders lay the groundwork to seize the benefits of the digital economy while at the same time better navigating the potential trade-offs.

    This blog discusses the policy and regulatory frameworks needed to support the digital environment and prepare for the economic and social changes ahead.

  • Reshoring –when multinational companies bring manufacturing activities home – has attracted much attention lately. Although some argue that large-scale offshoring has come to an end, the magnitude and importance of this trend is disputed. Particularly uncertain is the number of jobs that reshoring is supposed to bring back.

    While policy makers may hope that reshoring can help revitalise slumping manufacturing industries, this paper demonstrates that the rationale for policy measures around reshoring is far from clear-cut.

    • Event Date: February 22nd, 2016 - March 25th, 2016, 12:00 am - 12:00 am UTC
    • Social entrepreneurs often neglect to operationalize essential business functions for their innovations. Not having a formal business model can prevent entrepreneurs from acquiring capital and maximizing the scale and impact of their efforts. This course will help social entrepreneurs formalize and validate their business models.

    Topics: Private Sector Development, Firm Innovation, Productivity and Growth, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

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  • Productivity is the main driver of economic growth and well-being with investment in innovation, knowledge-based capital and ICT being key drivers. The recent productivity slowdown has sparked widespread interest, with the debate centring on the extent to which the productivity slowdown is temporary, or a sign of more permanent things to come. Established last month, the Global Forum on Productivity (GFP) provides a forum for mutual exchange of information and will foster international co-operation between public bodies with responsibility for promoting productivity-enhancing policies. It will engage in three main lines of activity – convening, communication and analysis – leveraging the OECD comparative advantage and expertise in these areas.

  • How do global value chains (GVCs), skills, ICT, innovation and industry structure affect employment and routine and non-routine occupations? This paper suggests that comparatively higher skills are associated with higher employment levels in non-routine and low-routine intensive occupations. The results point to the existence of complex interactions between the routine content of occupations, skills, technology, industry structure and trade, which do not allow for a neat identification of "winners" and "losers" in the context of GVCs. A persistent and positive role of skills and innovative output for employment is found across all routine-intensive occupations.

  • This paper analyses the rising productivity gap between the global frontier and other firms and raises key questions about why technologies do not always diffuse to all firms. It argues that well-designed framework policies can aid productivity diffusion by sharpening firms’ incentives for technological adoption and by promoting a market environment that reallocates resources. It also highlights the role of R&D tax incentives, business-university R&D collaboration and patent protection, but trade-offs emerge which can inform the design of innovation-specific policies.

     ‘Frontier firms, technology diffusion and public policy’ is the second in a new OECD Working Paper series on productivity.

  • It is more urgent than ever for policy makers to ensure a level playing field and give more room to young firms to experiment with new technologies and organisational models to foster their growth. By changing policy orientations in favour of innovation and business dynamism, leaders can unleash the dynamic low-carbon future we urgently need.

    This article argues that new innovative firms are needed to help step up the fight against climate change. That means new policies to encourage business dynamism, not least in the energy sector. Low-carbon infrastructure and products may well be developing fast, but as OECD and IEA reports indicate, new breakthroughs are needed to shift the balance away from fossil fuel options.

  • Save the date: September 19-21, 2016
    Please mark your calendars now for the third edition of the OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation indicators. Previously held in Paris (1996) and Ottawa (2006), data producers, expert users and policy makers will come together in the city of Ghent (Belgium) to discuss the next generation of data and indicators required to improve our understanding of science and innovation and inform better policies. Blue Sky will follow the CSTP ministerial mandate to identify key trends, opportunities and priorities and define the long term agenda for OECD work on science and innovation data and indicators over the next decade.

    More information will be released in January with the call for papers and contributions. For more information contact

  • The World's Largest Celebration of Job Creators, Innovators, and Agents of Change

    During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators, the World Bank Group is hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of innovative entrepreneurship for development. The events are open to the public. Come and join us!