COVID-19 around the world

Resources for navigating the COVID-19 crisis in the world’s major regions.

Africa and Middle East | Americas | Asia | Europe

Africa and Middle East

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Beyond COVID-19: Charting the road to recovery for South African insurers

– Seven big moves could help insurers navigate the crisis and thrive in the long term.
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How Middle East and Africa retailers can accelerate e-commerce: Imperatives for now and the next normal

– To offset the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, retailers in the Middle East and Africa must act in three key ways: sustain, adapt, and build.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Stay visible—but don’t be needed: How Alain Bejjani is leading through the unexpected

– A five-year, purpose-driven digital transformation has helped the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, and his organization, to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
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Driving economic recovery in South Africa’s BPO industry

– How business process outsourcing can position itself to create jobs and grow beyond the crisis
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Harnessing Nigeria’s fintech potential

– How stakeholders could position the fintech sector for growth now and beyond the crisis.
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How South African SMEs can survive and thrive post COVID-19

– Here’s how the public and private sector can provide the right support to enable SME growth in South Africa, now and beyond the crisis.
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Safeguarding Africa’s food systems through and beyond the crisis

– Here’s how governments and private-sector actors can respond to the impact of COVID-19 on African agriculture.

Americas

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How Americans feel about COVID-19 vaccinations

Over half the respondents in the United States report an interest in taking a COVID-19 vaccine though safety and efficacy concerns remain drivers for vaccine hesitancy.
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COVID-19 vaccines meet 100 million uncertain Americans

– More than 100 million Americans are uncertain about vaccination. Public- and private-sector leaders can take action to support adoption, including incremental investment in the range of $10 billion.
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Building supportive ecosystems for Black-owned US businesses

– The right business ecosystems can mitigate or negate the effects of structural obstacles to business building for Black business owners—and add $290 billion in business equity.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

How prioritizing health is a prescription for US prosperity

– As the United States rebuilds its economy in the wake of the pandemic, investing in health can lead the way.
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An optimistic scenario for the US response to COVID-19

– Much would need to happen, but returning the country to something that approaches stability by next summer may be possible.
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US Hispanic and Latino lives and livelihoods in the recovery from COVID-19

– Hispanics and Latinos are key to the US recovery but have been damaged disproportionately by the pandemic. Targeted interventions are required to improve their health and economic outcomes.
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COVID-19 and advancing Asian American recovery

– Asian American communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Stakeholders in the public, private, and social sectors can help spur their recovery and promote greater equity.
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How COVID-19 has impacted Black-white financial inequality

– COVID-19 has disrupted everything from economic markets to personal finances, but not everyone feels its effects equally.
Interactive

Vulnerable US jobs by demographic group

Low-wage, minority, and younger workers are most likely to hold jobs at risk from COVID-19.
Interactive

US small-business vulnerability during the COVID-19 crisis

The most vulnerable sectors include some 1.7 million small businesses.

Asia

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners

– China’s next challenge is to transform education and skills development to deliver the talent needed for an innovative, digitized, postindustrial economy.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Addressing society’s pain points: An interview with the CEO of Ayala Corporation

– Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala reflects on Asia’s imperative, and his own, to find inclusive and creative solutions to complex and uncertain challenges.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Private equity and the pandemic: An interview with the CEO of Hahn & Company

– Scott Sang-Won Hahn, CEO of the South Korean private-equity firm Hahn & Company, discusses forces at work in his country and how the dynamics unleashed by COVID-19 are an impetus for change.
Interview

Buckets of innovation: How digital has transformed a mining company in Indonesia

– Hanifa Indradjaya, the president director of PT Petrosea, discusses how digital can drive sustainability, efficiency, and operational excellence.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Rallying around purpose: An interview with the managing director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group

– Digital technologies are important, but “good, old-fashioned trust” is indispensable, says Peter Harmer.
Article

Reimagining emerging ASEAN in the wake of COVID-19

– A focus on five key levers could both accelerate the region’s recovery and make the gains more enduring.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

India’s turning point: An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs

– A clarion call is sounding for India to put growth on a sustainably faster track and meet the aspirations of its growing workforce.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

How the State Bank of India is learning from crisis

– Rajnish Kumar, chairman of India’s largest bank, discusses COVID-19, digital transformation, and the future of work in financial services.
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Emerging from the pandemic, Vietnam must position itself for recovery

– As it emerges from COVID-19, Vietnam’s domestic economy is set to return to growth, but not until the global economy bounces back.
Podcasts

Asia podcasts collection

Our library of podcasts on how governments, businesses, and other leaders in Asia have responded to the COVID crisis and other challenges in the region.

Europe

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UK small and medium-size enterprises: Impact of the COVID-19 crisis

– Survey results reported toward the end of 2020 suggested that the outlook for UK SMEs was improving. Will that last?
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The second COVID-19 lockdown in Europe: Implications for automotive retail

– As COVID-19 continues to spread, new shutdown measures in Europe could create additional complications for automotive retailers.
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How European shoppers will buy groceries in the next normal

– As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, early evidence shows that some—but not all—of Europeans’ new grocery-shopping habits will stick.
Report

The economic case for reskilling in the UK: How employers can thrive by boosting workers’ skills

– In about 75 percent of cases, it pays for an organisation to reskill an employee—yet few do this systematically. Here’s why, and what companies should do differently.
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COVID-19 and European small and medium-size enterprises: How they are weathering the storm

– Small and medium-size enterprises have been the lifeblood of the European economy. But more than half of those surveyed worry they might not be in business in 12 months.
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Agile resilience in the UK: Lessons from COVID-19 for the ‘next normal’

– Agility has been a useful attribute for many global and UK-based organizations weathering the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s how they can build on agile practices for more long-term operational resilience.
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Europe’s start-up ecosystem: Heating up, but still facing challenges

– More ventures are achieving unicorn status, and at a faster pace, but many more still aren’t realizing their full potential. What’s holding them back, and what can change that?

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