Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

African banking after the crisis

Here’s how African banks can manage the impact of COVID-19—and prepare for recovery.

Lessons from the past on how to revive the US economy after COVID-19

June 18, 2020 – Examining what worked in response to previous crises can help policy makers as they make plans to revive economic activity.

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places

April 29, 2020 – A clearer picture of the sectors, regions, and demographic groups at risk is emerging.

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers

April 2, 2020 – Up to one-third of US jobs may be vulnerable—and more than 80 percent are held by low-income workers.

The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

August 13, 2019 – The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research...


Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power

May 13, 2019 – Digital could help the region reboot inclusive growth and regain lost ground.

Unlocking the economic potential of Central America and the Caribbean

April 12, 2019 – The region has seen rapid growth over the past 15 years, but a number of trends could affect whether the economies continue to...

One aspiration, two realities: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

January 22, 2019 – Investing in the development of women and ensuring that they advance is crucial to the economic performance of the country and...

How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

November 1, 2018 – Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and...


Navigating the post-COVID-19 era: A strategic framework for European recovery

June 16, 2020 – As Europe’s lockdowns begin to loosen, resources need to be directed with care.

Reimagining European philanthropy

June 12, 2020 – European philanthropic foundations have an opportunity to step up and address the needs arising from or exacerbated by coronavirus.

The future of work in Europe

June 10, 2020 – Beyond COVID-19, automation, migration, and shrinking labor supply are shifting the geography of employment.

Safeguarding Europe’s livelihoods: Mitigating the employment impact of COVID-19

April 19, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has put tens of millions of jobs at risk. Examining the industries, occupations, and demographics most in...


What makes Asia−Pacific’s Generation Z different?

June 29, 2020 – Gen Zers in the Asia–Pacific region aren’t like their older siblings. Here is what you need to know.

Leading the battle against climate change: Actions for China

June 12, 2020 – China could adopt a climate response centered on mitigation, adapting the country to climate risks, and supporting global sustainable...

Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy

May 6, 2020 – Events expected to play out in the Chinese economy over the next several years have been compressed into a short few months.

Reopening India: Implications for economic activity and workers

May 6, 2020 – Over the next many months, India’s economy will need to operate alongside COVID-19 by building the capability to manage...


Reopening and reimagining Africa

May 29, 2020 – How the COVID-19 crisis can catalyze change across the continent.

Acting now to strengthen Africa’s health systems

May 29, 2020 – There are five big ideas to safeguard lives in the COVID-19 crisis—and prepare for the future.

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa

November 24, 2019 – Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity...

How Gulf companies can overcome the five biggest challenges to their digital transformation

May 22, 2019 – Although many businesses in the Gulf region are interested in digitization, few of them have moved aggressively enough. But there...