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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.

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.

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.

01 Jan 2008 description

In September 2007, the European Union announced a Global Climate Change Alliance to help poor countries prepare for natural disasters and 'climate proof' development and poverty reduction strategies, including through the use of systematic climate risk assessment tools. However, even with the growth in costs and opportunities associated with disasters, the private sector has remained engaged in resilience through specific projects rather than comprehensive, industry or cross industry-wide initiatives.

01 Jan 2008 description

This report examines global risks for 2008 from a range of perspectives. It focuses on four emerging issues that shape the global risk landscape, namely systemic financial risk, food security, supply chains and the role of energy.

01 Jan 2007 description

At the core of this year's overview of risks to the global community over the next decade is a fundamental disconnect between risk and mitigation. Expert opinion suggests that levels of risk are rising in almost all of the 23 risks on which the Global Risk Network has been focused over the last year - but mechanisms in place to manage and mitigate risk at the level of businesses, governments and global governance are inadequate. The global economy has been expanding faster than at any time in history - but it remains vulnerable.