The role of trade in promoting women’s equality

New trends in global trade—especially the rise in services, global value chains, and the digital economy—are opening up important economic opportunities for women. A new report marks the first major effort to quantify how women are affected by trade through the use of a new gender-disaggregated labor dataset.

Lessons learned: In May and June, in the midst of the outbreak of COVID-19, India experienced two major cyclones. Managing the competing demands of a lockdown with an evacuation was challenging, but here are five early lessons learned.

How the private sector can help: Now more than ever, companies are realizing the value of digital investments, from financial services to digital connectivity. We need to do more to increase access to the digital economy in Africa, and to make it more inclusive, from infrastructure to skills building.

A stronger health care system: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many vulnerabilities in health care systems across South Asian countries, including Bangladesh. As we respond to and learn from this crisis, it presents an important opportunity for the country to re-examine the health care sector, including the need for strategic allocation of resources.

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