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Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

African banking after the crisis

Here’s how African banks can manage the impact of COVID-19—and prepare for recovery.

North America

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Lessons from the past on how to revive the US economy after COVID-19

– Examining what worked in response to previous crises can help policy makers as they make plans to revive economic activity.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places

– A clearer picture of the sectors, regions, and demographic groups at risk is emerging.
Article

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers

– Up to one-third of US jobs may be vulnerable—and more than 80 percent are held by low-income workers.
Report

The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

– The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on Black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research... quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.

Latin America

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power

– Digital could help the region reboot inclusive growth and regain lost ground.
Article

Unlocking the economic potential of Central America and the Caribbean

– The region has seen rapid growth over the past 15 years, but a number of trends could affect whether the economies continue to... grow.
Report

One aspiration, two realities: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

– Investing in the development of women and ensuring that they advance is crucial to the economic performance of the country and... its private-sector businesses.
Article

How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

– Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and... boost the country’s GDP by 7 to 15 percent.

Europe

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Navigating the post-COVID-19 era: A strategic framework for European recovery

– As Europe’s lockdowns begin to loosen, resources need to be directed with care.
Report

Reimagining European philanthropy

– European philanthropic foundations have an opportunity to step up and address the needs arising from or exacerbated by coronavirus.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of work in Europe

– Beyond COVID-19, automation, migration, and shrinking labor supply are shifting the geography of employment.
Article

Safeguarding Europe’s livelihoods: Mitigating the employment impact of COVID-19

– The COVID-19 pandemic has put tens of millions of jobs at risk. Examining the industries, occupations, and demographics most in... peril can help decision makers shape targeted and rapid responses.

Asia

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What makes Asia−Pacific’s Generation Z different?

– Gen Zers in the Asia–Pacific region aren’t like their older siblings. Here is what you need to know.
Article

Leading the battle against climate change: Actions for China

– China could adopt a climate response centered on mitigation, adapting the country to climate risks, and supporting global sustainable... economic development.
Report

Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy

– Events expected to play out in the Chinese economy over the next several years have been compressed into a short few months.
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Reopening India: Implications for economic activity and workers

– Over the next many months, India’s economy will need to operate alongside COVID-19 by building the capability to manage... granular, dynamic, and localized lockdowns and restarts.

Middle East and Africa

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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
Report

Harnessing Nigeria’s fintech potential

– How stakeholders could position the fintech sector for growth now and beyond the crisis.
Article

Reopening and reimagining Africa

– How the COVID-19 crisis can catalyze change across the continent.
Article

Acting now to strengthen Africa’s health systems

– There are five big ideas to safeguard lives in the COVID-19 crisis—and prepare for the future.