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Asian B2B decision maker response to COVID-19 crisis

B2B decision makers are responding quickly, though actions and customer preferences vary by region. With thanks to Mckinsey & Company we bring this article which provides details on their regular, global surveys which are tracking how customers’ expectations, spending, and behaviours are changing throughout the pandemic across multiple countries over time. https://www.mckinsey.com/uk/our-insights/survey-asian-b2b-decision-maker-response-to-covid-19-crisis

Consumer sentiment evolves as the next “normal” approaches

While countries around the world begin to reopen and pockets of spending return, consumers continue to feel the financial impact of the crisis. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, optimism is largely holding steady globally, this Mckinsey & Company article explores consumer sentiment, trend sand impact here: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/marketing-and-sales/our-insights/a-global-view-of-how-consumer-behavior-is-changing-amid-covid-19

Preventing violent extremism during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article from the Brookings Institute, by Eric Rosand, Khalid Koser, and Lilla Schumicky-Logan is part of their ‘Order from Chaos’ series. While the world’s attention appropriately focuses on the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, the threat of violent extremism remains, and has in some circumstances been exacerbated during the crisis. The moment demands…

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take

Decarbonizing global business at scale is achievable, but the math is daunting. The current Mckinsey & Company’s flagship publication, Mckinsey Quarterly, has a special focus on Climate Change. This article asserts adapting to climate change is critical because, as a recent McKinsey Global Institute report shows, with further warming unavoidable over the next decade, the…

Turning back the Poverty Clock: How will COVID-19 impact the world’s poorest people?

In this Brookings article by Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel originally published in the Brookings Future Development series, they explain their logic for extreme global poverty rising by about 50 million people in 2020 but cautioning that this estimate remains in the middle of a wider range estimated by a team of World Bank economists.…

Asia Is Slowly Beginning to Reopen Travel. Here’s What the World Could Learn

This article by Hillary Leung, was originally published in Time in its Coronavirus Brief As the world struggles to reopen and establish a new post-coronavirus normal, global travel is likely to be the last activity to go back to business as usual. Every country and territory in the world has imposed travel restrictions of some…

Restarting national economies during coronavirus

This is the second article from Mckinsey & Company that explores measures to emerge from a lockdown strategy. In this article by Andres Cadena, Felipe Child, Fernando Ferrari-Haines, and Juan Franco, they explain the elements required for a selective lockdown approach to work: a fine-grained understanding of the virus’s spread in every part of a…

The unreal dichotomy in COVID-19 mortality between high-income and developing countries

In this article from the Brookings Institute, authors Philip Schellekens and Diego Sourrouille explore where the burden of mortality arising from COVID 19 will fall in the future. Here’s a striking statistic: Low-income and lower-middle income countries (LICs and LMICs) account for almost half of the global population but they make up only 2 percent…

The geopolitics of easing Covid lockdowns

As numerous countries gradually emerge from nearly two months of Covid-19 quarantines, many citizens will struggle to transition from lockdown limbo to the “new” normal and its accompanying realities. Political necessity, public pressure and economic survival demand the start of a re-opening process – and where reasonably possible, at a progressively elevated pace. However, the brutal…