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, business and civil society to share knowledge and best practices, and advance...
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 purpose of this project is twofold: First, to support the further development of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) Vanguard CEO community and its specific initiatives and advocacy efforts; and secondly to advance the second phase of a collective action project undertaken by...
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...
In a world of close to 9 billion people expected by 2030 – including 3 billion new middle-class consumers – the challenges of expanding resource supply to meet future demand are unprecedented. The current "take-make-dispose" approach results in massive waste; in the fast-moving consumer...
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...
Water is the number one global risk of highest impact in the next ten years, according to the 2015 Global Risk Report.  Analytical studies have projected our global demand for water will exceed available supply by 40% in 2030, and by 2050, an estimated $63 trillion of global GDP will be put at risk...
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,...
The Engineering & Construction Disaster Resource Partnership (DRP) is a new model for coordinated private sector partnership in response to natural disasters. Launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, and with the full mandate of the Infrastructure...
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, with its long-term, multi-stakeholder...
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 of...
Policy-makers are currently debating whether asset-pricing dynamics can, or should, be managed in the public interest. This initiative delves into the mechanisms of asset pricing to learn how to detect when and why bubbles emerge and how consequences can be mitigated. In its 2nd year,...
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 future trends...
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 and launch two initiatives related to engaging consumers in sustainable consumption:
  • A new marketing award with Effie Worldwide Inc., “...
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 account for about 11% of economic growth in low-income and middle-income countries as measured...
Introduction
Our cities are increasingly centres of business and innovation and are home to the majority of the global population. Cities are facing accelerated migration, unprecedented demographic changes, economic boom and bust and shifting lifestyle and...
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 Mainstreaming Impact Investing Initiative examined the growth of impact investing,...
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...
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...
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...
Significant challenges remain toward building a more inclusive formal financial system that can spur economic growth and reduce poverty levels. There is a proven demand for financial services at all levels of income, but for a variety of reasons the market has failed to meet those demands, forcing...
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...
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,...
Now into its fourth year, the Role of Financial Services in Society explores core issues facing the financial services industry, including redefining regulatory coordination between public and private sectors, and restoring public trust. It offers a neutral space in which industry members,...
The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) is a global partnership that aims to bring about an end to deforestation. It does this by mobilizing action by governments, the private sector and civil society organizations to reduce tropical deforestation related to the sourcing of key agricultural...
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 are faced with structural issues which have emerged in tandem with the maturation of their economy. Developing countries are likely, as they develop both socially and economically, to experience the same issues, although the timeframe may vary. Because these issues emerge...