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Podcast: African banking in the new reality

– The COVID-19 crisis will not leave the banking sector unscathed. The past year has seen the acceleration of seismic trends ranging from deglobalization and a radical shift in the macroenvironment to transformed customer expectations. As African banks chart their paths to recovery in this new reality, they can act swiftly to manage elements that are within their control to shape their recovery and growth trajectory. This could be critical not just for restoring ROEs to meet the needs of shareholders and to better serve their customers, but also in enabling the recovery of Africa as banks have an important role to support customers and economies during these challenging times.
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‘None are safe until all are safe’: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in low- and middle-income countries

– Despite persistent supply issues, in-country delivery and demand for COVID-19 vaccines is likely to be the next challenge for... LMICs.
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Africa needs vaccines. What would it take to make them here?

– For decades, private companies, investors, and public-health leaders have taken a pass on domestic vaccine manufacturing. But... a confluence of circumstances may be changing the calculation.
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African banking in the new reality

– Swift action and a focus on three imperatives could strengthen African banks and support recovery.
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Podcast: How digital tools can help transform African agri-food systems

– Higher income for farmers, increased output, and improved food security are among the benefits of utilizing digital tools in an... agricultural setting.
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Harnessing Nigeria’s FinTech potential

– The full potential of fintech in Nigeria remains untapped. But a youthful population, a focused regulatory drive to increase financial... inclusion, and accelerating digital adoption due to COVID-19, are creating the conditions for a thriving sector. If stakeholders take quick and decisive action, they can strategically protect gains and accelerate growth in the sector, even in difficult economic times.
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How digital tools can help transform African agri-food systems

– Higher income for farmers, increased output, and improved food security are among the benefits of utilizing digital tools in an... agricultural setting.
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Africa’s insurance market is set for takeoff

– Five strategic considerations to help guide insurance companies on their journey to success in Africa.
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Nigeria’s banking sector: Thriving in the face of crisis

– Bold ideas to help the industry build resilience and drive long-term sustainability.
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A credit lifeline: How banks can serve SMEs in South Africa better

– Small and medium-size enterprises are crucial to the economy in South Africa, and optimal support is needed to ensure their recovery... and growth into the next normal
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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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Driving economic recovery in South Africa’s BPO industry

– How business process outsourcing can position itself to create jobs and grow beyond the crisis
Podcast

Driving digital change during a crisis: The chief digital officer and COVID-19

– The new digital reality presents a unique challenge for organizations. Leading an organization in a time of crisis is one of the... greatest challenges a CDO can face. By demonstrating resilient leadership and a clear view of how to use digital to navigate the crisis, CDOs can help the business not just to survive but also to be ready for the next normal.
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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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African banking after the crisis

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

– How the COVID-19 crisis can catalyze change across the continent.
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Finding Africa’s path: Shaping bold solutions to save lives and livelihoods in the COVID-19 crisis

– The impact of COVID-19 in Africa could be devastating—unless governments, development institutions, and the private sector act... with extraordinary speed and agility in the weeks ahead.
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Tackling COVID-19 in Africa

– An unfolding health and economic crisis that demands bold action
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Living pay cheque to pay cheque: 2020 South Africa Consumer Sentiment Survey

– How South African consumers make ends meet in difficult times and what their changing behaviour means for retailers and consumer... packaged goods manufacturers.
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Unlocking Africa’s $100 billion public-finance opportunity

– African governments face stagnant tax revenues and rising public debt. Yet they have wide scope to reform tax systems and improve... spending efficiencies. Across Africa, public-finance transformation could deliver $100 billion a year in new revenues and savings.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa

– Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity... for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects.
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The future of work in South Africa: Digitisation, productivity and job creation

– Digitisation and automation could result in a net gain of up to 1.2 million jobs in South Africa by 2030, and companies need to... move fast to capitalise on these opportunities.
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How to bring solar power to the unelectrified world

– Solar home systems can help to bridge the electrification gap in developing countries—if certain conditions are met.
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Digital reinvention can spur South Africa’s economy

– If companies in the country embrace digital, they could outpace peers and see an increase in profitability and revenue growth.
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New technology for an old industry: How digital can renew South African mining

– Employment and productivity in South Africa’s mining sector has steadily declined, highlighting the need for the transformative... power of digital technologies.
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Putting the shine back into South African mining: A path to competitiveness and growth

– The industry can achieve global cost competitiveness if the private and public sectors take concerted action.
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Africa's Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market

The definitive guide to doing business in Africa, packed with fresh insights from McKinsey and exclusive interviews with prominent... CEOs.
Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

Africa’s overlooked business revolution

– Global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Applying artificial intelligence for social good

– AI is not a silver bullet, but it could help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems.
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Women and the future of work: A window of opportunity in Western Europe?

– Profound transformations across labor markets in Western Europe will present important new opportunities to improve gender parity... in the workplace.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

How to win in Africa

– The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution.

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South Africa’s healthcare consumer sentiment during the COVID-19 crisis

– Safety, cleanliness, and location proximity remain the most important factors in selecting healthcare providers.
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Closing the gender gap: A missed opportunity for new CEOs

– Many new CEOs reshuffle their top teams, but surprisingly few make them more diverse. Can we do better?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win

– Yesterday’s tentative approaches won’t deliver; you need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized... leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.
Report - McKinsey Quarterly

The business value of design

– How do the best design performers increase their revenues and shareholder returns at nearly twice the rate of their industry counterparts?
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

‘Superstars’: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy

– Is there a superstar effect? McKinsey Global Institute research uncovers the dynamics of superstar firms, sectors, and cities... in the global economy.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them

– Some emerging economies have grown much faster and more consistently than others. Underlying these success stories is a pro-growth... policy agenda and the standout role of large companies.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Leadership at scale

– Want a healthier, better-performing organization? Scale up your leadership team.
Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

An agenda for the talent-first CEO

– In tumultuous times, a company’s talent is its most valuable and reliable asset. What does it take to lead an organization... that truly unleashes its human capital?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Still looking for room at the top: Ten years of research on women in the workplace

– What we know—and what everyone needs to know—about the quest for equality.
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A credit lifeline: How banks can serve SMEs in South Africa better

– Small and medium-size enterprises are crucial to the economy in South Africa, and optimal support is needed to ensure their recovery... and growth into the next normal
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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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