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Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes

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2 videos & podcasts

Carlos Lopes, a professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, is a member of the World Resources Institute’s Board and Chair of the African Climate Foundation Board.

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  1. How Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Could Help Africa
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    How Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Could Help Africa

    May 1, 2023 Carlos Lopes urges the European Union to consider African economies’ unique challenges when implementing its border tariff.

  2. Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Jan 27, 2023 Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.

  3. The Rich World’s Empty Climate Promises
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    The Rich World’s Empty Climate Promises

    Apr 29, 2022 Carlos Lopes highlights just how meager international financial support for adaptation and mitigation in Africa has been.

  4. Africa Must Lead on Capital Flight
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    Africa Must Lead on Capital Flight

    Nov 3, 2021 Carlos Lopes & Ricardo Soares de Oliveira lament policymakers' lack of initiative in combating one of the continent's most serious problems.

  5. Building an EU-Africa Partnership of Equals
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    Building an EU-Africa Partnership of Equals

    Dec 4, 2020 Carlos Lopes emphasizes the lessons and objectives that should guide coming efforts to reframe the relationship.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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