Category Archives: Geography

COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in South Africa… how has the country performed in response to the crisis? How will it recover?

One year on, how has the South African Government performed during the COVID-19 crisis? The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development invited Professor Nick Binedell – Professor and Former Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria – to share his views on the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, and to […]

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Turkey’s economy… the last two decades

One year on, how has Turkey performed during the COVID-19 crisis? The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development invited Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan – Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics and Finance University of Maryland – back to share her views on the Turkish government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis over the past year, and her hopes for […]

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Russia: a brief history and the prolonged impact of COVID-19

One year on, how has the Russian Government performed during the COVID-19 crisis? The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development invited Sergei Guriev – Professor of Economics at Sciences Po – to share his views on the state of the economy, politics and business in Russia before discussing the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis […]

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Wheeler Institute project team collaborates with Dharma Life to transform their model in response to COVID-19

You can see the last time we posted about this project was announcing the project here. COVID-19 has affected many people in many ways in 2020. Geric and I are very lucky that the biggest personal impact has been that our post MBA employment was delayed by six months. When this happened in May, I […]

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Dharma Life’s Pivot: How a social enterprise is empowering women entrepreneurs and transforming its model in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 poses an immense threat to the people of rural India. This is the case both immediately as a health and wellbeing concern and in the longer term as development issues fail to progress due to a shift in focus and funding. Approximately 400 million people working in the informal economy in India are at risk of falling deeper into poverty due to this crisis. This devastating impact on livelihood could take the lives of more Indians than the disease itself.

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We have identified more opportunities for innovation as a result of COVID-19

Kamalini Ramdas, Professor of Management Science was joined in conversation with Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director of the Aravind Eye Care System, the biggest eye care system in the world, treating about 4.5million patients per year, in Tamil Nadu, India to discuss how patient care and staff support can be maintained during the lockdown.

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Developing countries need to take their own approach when reacting to COVID-19

Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics at Yale, with concurrent appointments at Yale School of Management and the Department of Economics, to discuss how different factors mean that countries have to adapt the policy measures they are taking to limit the impact of the pandemic.

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Africa should use this opportunity to prepare for the next pandemic 

Elias Papaioannou, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development was joined in conversation with Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, as well as Associated Faculty in Economics, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, and consider the steps policymakers need to take to take as a result of the pandemic.

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