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Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Writing for PS since 2020
11 commentaries

Vera Songwe is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Finance for Development Lab.

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  1. Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change
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    Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change

    Jan 24, 2024 Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe propose a mechanism for freeing up the fiscal space low-income economies need to invest in green growth.

  2. Financing Our Survival
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    Financing Our Survival

    Sep 22, 2023 Vera Songwe explains what it will take to mobilize capital for the net-zero transition worldwide.

  3. Fully Replenishing the Green Climate Fund
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    Fully Replenishing the Green Climate Fund

    Sep 19, 2023 Vera Songwe & Mahmoud Mohieldin urge advanced economies to help developing countries by ensuring that the GCF has the resources it needs.

  4. Financing Our Survival
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    Financing Our Survival

    Sep 11, 2023 Vera Songwe explains what it will take to mobilize capital for the net-zero transition worldwide.

  5. Where Is the Global South’s Rescue Brigade?
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    Where Is the Global South’s Rescue Brigade?

    Mar 27, 2023 Vera Songwe decries the unequal responses to liquidity crises in Silicon Valley compared to the developing world.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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