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10 Jan 2019 description

This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Each year, humanitarian aid organizations save and protect tens of millions of people caught up in crises across the world.

08 Jan 2018 description

Tae Yoo
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

More than 700,000 people died as a result of disasters between the years 2005 and 2014. In 2017, the American Red Cross delivered more relief support than it had in the previous four years combined, responding to 242 significant disasters in the US alone.

20 Jan 2017 description

E-payments can make the delivery of cash disbursements more secure, cost- effective, faster and more convenient. In the context of humanitarian crises, digital payments offer recipients choice and can help stimulate the local economy. To fully realize the benefits of new technologies and achieve scale, guidelines on the relationship between humanitarian and private sector actors to deliver digital payments must be developed.

12 Jan 2017 description

This 12th edition of The Global Risks Report is published at a time of heightened political uncertainty, following a year of unexpected electoral results, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. Polarized societies and political landscapes are taking centre stage in many countries, with deepening generational and cultural divisions amplifying the risks associated with sluggish economic recovery and accelerating technological change.

13 Jul 2016 description


For over a decade, the Global Risks Report series has shed light on the increasing interconnectedness and rapidly evolving nature of global risks. As of its 2015 edition, the Report has put forward actionable solutions to address global risks, the scope of which is beyond the domain of just one actor.

23 May 2016 description

Fon Mathuros, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, Email: fma@weforum, Mobile: +41 79 201 0211

Istanbul, Turkey, 23 May 2016 – The World Economic Forum, MasterCard and the GSMA join together at the World Humanitarian Summit, held this week in Istanbul on 23-24 May, to commit to lead initiatives that will improve the way people receive humanitarian assistance in the form of diverse payments following a crisis.

25 Jan 2016 description

Some say the system to fund the humanitarian response to conflicts and disasters is broken beyond repair. Some say it just needs a tweak. But everyone agrees, global humanitarian financing needs to change. Because it's too important to fail.

That’s why, in May last year, the UN set up a 'High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing' to find ways to close the widening gap between humanitarian needs and the resources available to service them.

18 Jan 2016 description

We have seen some dark days this year. In 2015, we have witnessed acts of sickening violence, the fury of nature, and too many lives lost as a result of conflict and neglectful governance.

It is not surprising that so many cultures have created festivals of light to counter the darkness. Hindus recently celebrated Diwali, and last month was Loy Krathong in Southeast Asia, where candles were set afloat to give thanks. Soon it will be the holiday season for parts of the world. Lights are already twinkling everywhere, from Central Park to Bondi Beach.

31 Dec 2015 description


Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and fundamental values case for empowering women: women represent one half of the global population—they deserve equal access to health, education, earning power and political representation.

09 Jul 2015 description

This Manual has been produced for practitioners of multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. Much literature exists on the subject of building and maintaining partnerships for education. However, research by UNESCO and the World Economic Forum suggests that guidance on the role and function of monitoring and evaluation in partnership delivery is lacking. This manual seeks to fill this gap.

19 Jan 2015 description

By Antonio Guterres

Over the past decade, a chorus of experts has warned that the world’s humanitarian aid system is fast approaching its limits.

After the many terrible crises of the past three years, we have now surpassed that breaking point. The international humanitarian community no longer has the capacity to respond. Multiplying and protracted conflicts, growing environmental disasters and failed states are trapping millions of people in an accelerating cycle of crises.

Unprecedented levels of human misery

15 Jan 2015 description

2015: a year of action for global risks?

Geo-economic conflict is the number one risk facing the world right now, according to the Global Risks 2015 report.

Experts believe we face a greater threat of terrorist attacks and state crises, while water shortages and extreme weather could create more havoc and be more frequent due to intensifying climate change.

31 Dec 2014 description


Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

23 Jan 2014 description

By : Margareta Drzeniek

Top 10 risks for the decade ahead

What are the top 10 risks that the world will face in the decade to come, and what can be done about them?

The Global Risks 2014 report calls attention to risks that could ripple through entire systems. It aims to improve collaboration among business, governments and civil society by raising awareness of these risks and the way they interact with each other.

25 Oct 2013 description

Increased Political Participation Helps Narrow Global Gender Gap in 2013

Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Media, Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405 oliver.cann@weforum.org

24 Oct 2012 description
Country Highlights

Slow Progress in Closing Global Economic Gender Gap, New Major Study Finds

Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Media, Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405 oliver.cann@weforum.org

17 Apr 2012 description

In order to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050, the world will need a New Vision for Agriculture - delivering food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture. This will require producing more food with fewer resources while reinvigorating rural economies. It can only be achieved through collaboration, investment and innovation among all stakeholders. This report outlines the concrete actions that can be taken to achieve such a vision, and the tools we can use to measure progress.

27 Jan 2012 description

Executive Summary

The revolution in mobile communications is providing a lifeline to agricultural communities around the developing world. Mobile technology is already demonstrating its potential to provide farmers with the services and information they need to grow both their production and their standard of living. By taking steps to make mobile financial services accessible to smallholder farmers, policymakers, enterprises and development organizations can play a role in empowering them with the tools they need to reap the return their hard work deserves.