Projects and Initiatives

The World Economic Forum is a community of communities. Our processes are designed to drive communities through successive stages of evolution – from communities of interest, to communities of purpose, to communities of action.

Communities of action create impact by forming Projects. Supported by the World Economic Forum’s multistakeholder platform, the most successful Forum projects achieve their objectives and are spun off into independent entities, to continue improving the state of the world outside the Forum’s ecosystem.

This is a complete listing of the Forum’s current project portfolio. For further information on individual projects, please contact the Project Manager.

In the face of the world's highest youth unemployment rate, the New Vision for Arab Employment initiative provides a neutral discussion platform, gathering top-level leaders from government,...
Capital markets boost economic development by channelling the wealth of savers into productive investments. This project will explore how emerging countries can more efficiently develop their capital markets, paying special attention to the development of market infrastructure, the roles of market...
The AI2020 project looks at how macro-trends are affecting the field of alternative investment (namely policy-makers, private and institutional investors and thought leaders) and explores the consequences of proposed regulatory changes
In the past years, industries have been increasingly pushed to improve their performance despite facing tighter margins and economic uncertainties. The race to find powerful cost control strategies and penetrating new markets has led to...
Building Foundations Against Corruption – An Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Project in collaboration with the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI)
Bribery and corruption exist across all industries, but in the sectors of engineering, construction and real-...
This phase of the project will identify one or more key challenges that face rapidly globalizing Chinese companies. These include innovation, talent acquisition and retention, image and reputation. The project will engage with medium-size entrepreneurial businesses, state-owned enterprises and...
There is a growing recognition that our current take-make-dispose business model won’t work in the long run. Change is vital. The project combines industry and regional insights with corporate global citizenship to ensure the design of future materials is collaborative and avoids waste
While globalizing forces have spread innovation to economies around the world, large differences remain in the level of economic growth. Forum research suggests that a set of approaches termed “collaborative innovation” can lead to more efficient growth through innovation. This would involve...
Hyperconnectivity is dramatically changing the world and the way we do business. It is disrupting incumbent institutions yet simultaneously creating new opportunities. The initiative deals with the transformation of mobility industries through technology, anticipating how travel and transportation...
Over the next few decades, 5 billion people in the global south will go online for the first time. This surge of connectivity is expected to create massive pools of data, which can be used for the good of society (monitoring outbreaks of disease and managing disasters, for example). However, there...
Over the next five to 10 years, another 2 billion people will be online, connected devices will exceed 50 billion and industries will be transformed by new means of gathering and sharing data. This initiative brings together communication and digital service providers, equipment manufacturers,...
This project sheds light on the trend towards direct investing in illiquid assets by long-term institutional investors such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments and insurers....
The Disaster Resource Partnership (DRP) is a new model for coordinated private-sector collaboration in response to natural disasters. The main objective of the project is to form an ongoing partnership between private industry, the public sector and humanitarian organizations to make best use of...
The accelerating rate of technological change, combined with shifting customer preferences and an evolving regulatory landscape, have dramatic implications for the ways in which financial services are structured, delivered and consumed. This project,...
As Brazilian corporations expand into global markets, be it in Latin America, Africa or Asia, and competition shifts from a regional to global level, corporate citizenship strengthens their competitive advantage, allowing them to grow sustainably while also serving stakeholders from a range...
Since the global financial crisis, economists have paid special attention to asset bubbles, a phenomenon not readily explained by purely rational choice models. Policy-makers are currently debating whether asset-pricing dynamics can, or should, be managed in the public interest. This initiative...
Against a backdrop of rising unemployment, shifting demographics and a widening skills gap, the need to invest in people has become more important than ever. The project will provide public tools for analysis and diagnostics, such as the Human Capital Report. It will also anticipate...
Trade can bring economic and social benefits, and cooperation is needed between governments and businesses to facilitate it. The Enabling Trade initiative will this year ensure momentum for global implementation of 2013 Bali accords providing frequent opportunities for dialogue between government...
Over 2012-2014, the World Economic Forum and its partner companies collaborated to define, incubate...
Healthy populations are the backbone of a sustainable economy – they are more productive and less expensive for both employers and healthcare systems. Reductions in illness and mortality are estimated to...
The traditionally stable electricity sector is in a period of dramatic change. The rapid pace of technological development, along with regulatory, societal and economic factors, is affecting the way we generate, distribute and consume electricity. In a sector accustomed to long-term investment...
The oil and gas industry is transforming. New frontiers of exploration and production have boosted the scale, risk and complexity of projects. A deficit in skilled workers has affected the industry’s ability to deliver projects safely, profitably and on time. In order to find solutions, the Forum...
It is imperative that the Forum has an urban development initiative as part of industry, as our cities are increasingly the centres of business and innovation and are home to the majority of the global...
The initiative supports the design and delivery of public-private partnerships that deliver tangible results, expand business leadership, and contribute to global processes on climate change, from the UN Climate Summit to the negotiations in Paris in December 2015. Work ...
Infrastructure is the backbone of national and regional economies – it supports growth, employment, social uplift and sustainability. One of the most important areas for investment globally is infrastructure. Supply of new projects is less than the actual demand. Global demand for infrastructure is...
Founded by the AU, NEPAD, and the Forum, Grow Africa works to increase private-sector investment in agriculture and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realize the potential of agriculture for economic growth and job creation,...
Emerging economies account for 21% of total global health expenditure, and the figure is growing rapidly. By 2022, half of every dollar spent on health will be in emerging economies, presenting a grand opportunity to transform healthcare in the developing world. By “leapfrogging” over development...
Hyperconnectivity is the increasing digital interconnection of people – and things – anytime and anywhere. By 2020 there will be 50 billion networked devices. This level of connectivity will have profound social, political and economic consequences, and increasingly form part of our everyday lives...
When trade and investment falters, it affects lives everywhere. Business and government agree on the need to facilitate international trade and nvestment, both key contributors to prosperity worldwide. The Trade & Investment project is building, and driving forward, a robust and detailed...
Launched in 2012, the task force is a unique public-private collaboration aimed at achieving a breakthrough in gender equality in Japan. It promotes a solutions-oriented, integrated approach and has set itself the target of narrowing the economic gender gap by 10% in three years
The task force aims to achieve a breakthrough in gender equality in the Republic of Korea. Launched in 2014 under the patronage of the Ministry of Gender Equality of the Republic of Korea, it promotes a solutions-oriented, integrated approach, aimed at closing the nation’s economic gender gap by up...
Impact investing is an investment approach across asset classes that can reconcile shortcomings in traditional financial markets and create transformative societal impact. Previously, Phases I and II of the...
Under the leadership of Angelica Fuentes and Carlos Danel, the task force addresses the challenge of how to integrate more women into Mexico’s economy. It aims to narrow the economic gender gap by 10% in three years by encouraging business leaders from various industries to take the lead in...
MMSW2050 was launched in June 2014 in recognition of the fundamental economic, demographic and technological transformations expected by the year 2050 in a more sustainable world, and the need for a true multi-sector, multistakeholder perspective on the impact the changes will have on the mining...
While new technologies and business models are invented via a multitude of means – such as government, corporate and university research – entrepreneurs have a special role to play in developing and commercializing game-changing innovations. The initiative will examine entrepreneurial disruption...
THE CHALLENGE
The global food system today is beset by serious challenges and risks: production and prices have become more volatile; hunger and poverty levels remain high, particularly among farming communities; and unsustainable practices exacerbate environmental challenges. By 2050, the...
This project focuses on identifying gaps in K-12 education and opportunities to close them. There are three parts to the current phase of this project: defining the K-12 education gaps, assessing their educational context across geographies and identifying innovative education models to serve as...
The way creative content and information are created, produced, consumed and shared has changed dramatically in the digital era, presenting new challenges and opportunities for copyright systems. The Media, Entertainment...
As demand for energy grows and the supply of conventional energy becomes increasingly scarce, the oilfield services industry is experiencing broad structural change. The project aims to identify and support the challenges of applying advanced technologies and managing large-scale, complex capital...
This initiative was launched in 2012 in response to the growing importance of cybersecurity. More than 100 organizations are now actively involved. The project’s third and current phase focuses on quantifying the impact of cyberthreats and exploring the feasibility of industry-wide risk assessment...
Less than half of the world's working-age population has access to affordable financial services. This project addresses issues such as financial capability building, enabling regulatory environments, and access...
To maximize every dollar being invested in the developing world, the Forum and OECD are bringing together philanthropists, investors and government officials to chart a new course towards a collaborative financing model. It is expected that aligning capital across the full spectrum of development...
This initiative began in 2010 with worldwide consultation aimed at identifying the challenges for responsible mineral development. Phase II set out to develop practical solutions, identifying six building blocks for action. The third phase focused on facilitating a shared understanding of the...
The trusted, transparent and human-centred use of personal data offers unprecedented opportunities to create social and economic value. However, the growing volumes of data, the lack of institutional capacities and the speed of change have outstripped existing policy frameworks. The initiative...
The project develops unique benchmarking evidence for the networked readiness of more than 144 countries and tracks progress over time. It is a great tool for policy-makers who need to identify national strengths and weaknesses. The report and its associated activities serve as a neutral platform...
The 'industrial internet of things' is a term that refers to the seamless integration of the physical and digital worlds through networked sensors, machine learning and big data. Over the next 10 years, the 'internet of things' revolution is expected to have a significant impact on...
For businesses, trust is a fundamental component in ensuring competitiveness. This project was set up to help the business community build trust with its various stakeholders. Launched in 2013, its first task was to demonstrate why companies should invest in trust-building. Phase II is to explore,...
The initiative aims to address one of the most important challenges to emerge from the 2008 financial crisis: a lack of trust in the financial services. It offers a neutral space in which industry members, regulators and academics can discuss ways to restore confidence and increase social and...
The task force is a new strategic multistakeholder collaboration that aims to achieve a breakthrough in gender equality in Turkey. Under the patronage of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies of Turkey and the two private sector co-chairs, Ms Sabanci and Mr Sahenk, it promotes a solutions-...
Today, developed countries face structural issues that accumulated as their...
Water scarcity is recognized as one of the most tangible and fastest-growing social, political and economic challenges we face today.
To meet economic growth aspirations, our global demand for water is projected to exceed available supply by 40% by the year 2030, exposing a very real risk of...