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Although a modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18, the world economy has not yet emerged from the period of slow growth, characterised by weak investment, dwindling trade and flagging productivity growth, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017.

Around the world, no bigger policy challenge preoccupies leaders than expanding social participation in the process and benefits of economic growth.

New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest – suffers. The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point.

Unemployment in India is projected to witness marginal increase between 2017 and 2018, signalling stagnation in job creation in the country, according to a UN labour report.

This document is for elected gram panchayat representatives and functionaries for use as a ready reference on the SDGs. It illustrates how the SDGs directly relate to the panchayats and how they can be the priority focus as panchayats plan their actions.

Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades.

The modern era of federal farm commodity subsidies began with the New Deal more than 80 years ago. At that time, a large fraction of American poverty was concentrated in rural and agricultural regions. Since then, subsidy programs, international trade measures, and commodity regulations have been repeatedly modified.

This document evaluates the effects of a resilience-focused project in the face of a severe shock. The results provide compelling evidence that supports the efficacy of multi-year, flexibly funded, integrated approaches to building resilience to severe shocks.

The extent to which cities in Africa face climate change and natural hazard related disaster risks is shaped by much more than just their exposure to hazard. Past and
current patterns of urban growth and development have shaped the context of risk in multiple ways. The economies, spatial form, societies, and governance of African

In recent years, some counties in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) have experienced growth in their economies and improvements in living standards.