• Calling young people with brilliant ideas, who have solutions to help children read and have a better future. Enter our writing competition today: #InvestInPeople Link @ft4s https://t.co/OE2yaqEhTU
    World Bank Thu 23 Jan 2020 11:05
  • See how #Romania created a program to build green homes and offer green mortgages. The SMARTER Finance for Families ??????? program delivers a triple win for developers, banks, and home buyers: Link #IFCclimate https://t.co/G6reDRqKf1
    World Bank Thu 23 Jan 2020 08:05
  • Do women have the same legal rights to work as men? #WomenBizLaw study analyzes laws in the areas of Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pension and their impact on women’s ability to work. Link https://t.co/ma57LrDPUy
    World Bank Thu 23 Jan 2020 05:00

    Women, Business and the Law 2020 analyzes laws and regulations affecting women’s economic inclusion in 190 economies. While celebrating the progress made, the data and analysis emphasize the work still to be done to ensure economic empowerment for all.

  • Global Electrification Platform a one-stop-shop for public #data, modeling tools open source, multifunctional, e-learning material , and common good to boost electricity access. ?? Link #endenergypoverty https://t.co/GwPTeHv8vB
    World Bank Thu 23 Jan 2020 02:05
  • President @DavidMalpassWBG on investing in Africa: The time for Africa is now, let’s seize the moment and start delivering immediate wins that can rapidly transform economies and improve people’s lives. Read his full essay, here: Link #InvestInAfrica https://t.co/7t8GJlxQDs
    World Bank Thu 23 Jan 2020 00:35
  • President @DavidMalpassWBG on investing in Africa: The time for Africa is now, let’s seize the moment and start delivering immediate wins that can rapidly transform economies and improve people’s lives. Read his full essay, here: Link #InvestInAfrica
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 23:00
  • RT @WFP: ? Food security ? Nutrition ?? Weather ? Conflict ? Economic indicators Data is vital on our mission to reach #ZeroHunger. Our…
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 22:00
  • Five years into implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A mixed bag of achievements and remaining challenges. Link #SDG https://t.co/uYjdjCBqaw
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 20:05

    In September 2015, the international community adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as 193 heads of state signed on to attain the 17 goals and their 169 targets, to be monitored by more than 230 indicators. Just 10 years now remain in which to implement the 2030 Agenda and achieve the ambitious global goals in a manner that saves the planet, maintains economic sustainability, and leaves no one behind in the process.

    In the run-up to the SDG-related summits in 2015, the World Bank Group prepared various strategic documents for discussion with its Development Committee. Papers prepared include the Billions to Trillions document, prepared in collaboration with other multilateral development banks, the European Investment Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. It discussed the role of the Bank Group and other international financial institutions in financing the 2030 Agenda....

  • #DYK? During intense storms, #mangroves reduce the number of people flooded and damages caused by nearly 50% in #Jamaica! Learn more: Link https://t.co/ma3MrjGWDm
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 16:55

    Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, face substantial risks from storms and hurricanes. Coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds protect communities from storms, and are critical for the sustainability of many economic activities, jobs, and inclusive growth.

    A recent report, “Forces of Nature,” examines the considerable flood risk reduction services that mangroves provide to Jamaica, together with benefits related to fisheries production, and carbon sequestration.

    This report supports the growing interest within the development agenda to include nature-based solutions for disaster risk management and provides vital information for discussion on climate change adaptation and mitigation, insurance, and disaster recovery decisions.

    Mangroves play a key role in protecting Jamaica against flood risks, and risk would be significantly increased if mangroves are lost.

    ·       If the current mangroves were...

  • The Women, Business and the Law 2020 report traces a woman’s path from the start through the end of her working life. Does the law treat her in the same way as a man? #WomenBizLaw Link https://t.co/KNwFpjZIIF
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 15:05

    Women, Business and the Law 2020 analyzes laws and regulations affecting women’s economic inclusion in 190 economies. While celebrating the progress made, the data and analysis emphasize the work still to be done to ensure economic empowerment for all.

  • Two billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (#FCV). Although, having reliable data is critical, its availability is very limited. ? Find out what data collection methods work: Link #dev4peace
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 13:04

    Quality statistics are critical for development interventions to be effective. However, they are hard to obtain in fragile situations as fragility affects the ability to collect data in many ways. From exposure to violence or to other dangers, such as disease, collecting information isn’t possible using traditional means without putting enumerators at risk. There is also the association of conflict with poor-quality roads, inadequate telecommunication infrastructure and, at times, populations that are hostile to representatives of the central government.

    Fragile situations can also complicate data collection in other ways such as people being displaced or the lack of sampling frames. A new report, Data Collection in Fragile States, presents innovations developed to deal with common challenges. The report presents innovations, both methodological as well in data collection, to address the data gaps in fragile situations. Through examples, the book shows that it is...

  • Humanitarian orgs ? provide food, shelter, security to #refugees right away Development orgs (like us) ? invest in #health, #education, #jobs, security long-term for refugees and hosts We’re all in this together #EveryoneCounts Link #RefugeeForum https://t.co/37mOam9ErI
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 11:04
    Education – because over half of refugees are children, we want to do all we can to prevent a lost generation; Jobs – because they are key to self-reliance and dignity, for both host communities and refugees who often live in lagging regions; Gender – because of the terrible ordeal many women and girl refugees are going through; Prevention and preparedness – because we ought to reduce these crises and better manage them; and Data and evidence – because this helps ensure our interventions reach the right people and have the desired outcome. For example, to measure better the impact of refugee inflows on their hosts and inform our responses we have established the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement with UNHCR.
  • In 2017, Lesotho committed to decarbonizing its buildings sector by implementing: ? #Climatesmart building codes/standards ? Energy efficiency programs ? Use of energy-efficient appliances Link #IFCclimate https://t.co/BmW31eigKu
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 08:04
  • The power of education to fight inequality in #Zambia Link
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 03:04

    LUSAKA, November 19, 2019 – When Mary Phiri started secondary school two years ago, she had to walk about 18 kilometers every day from Palabana to get to the nearest school, in Lusaka Province. Although she was a top student during her primary years, her academic performance suffered because she was tired most times from walking the long distance to and from school.  

    But with the construction of a new secondary school, Phiri now walks two kilometers to get to class.

    “Now my grades are above average, because I am not too tired to study when I get home,” Phiri said.

    Under the IDA-funded Zambia Education Enhancement Project, Palabana primary school is being expanded to a full-fledged day secondary school. Four classrooms and one ablution block for girls have been completed; construction of the remaining classrooms is expected to start in November 2019 and completed in February 2020 under Phase II.

    “Once completed, Palabana primary school will...

  • Electrification of buses and other urban #transport could lead to massive investment opportunities while addressing climate change. ? Find out what issues are involved in this exciting new area: Link https://t.co/2J2kZz0fx4
    World Bank Wed 22 Jan 2020 01:04
  • See how #Peru is boosting green construction of residential, commercial, and educational buildings. The country has also developed a new style of architecture and increased uptake in certified green buildings ??: Link #IFCclimate https://t.co/HXmXX7QBEL
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 21:04
  • Economic growth is crucial for lifting people out of poverty. How can we foster growth that is also inclusive? Our Chief Economist @Penny_WB shares her thoughts in the latest episode of #ExpertAnswers https://t.co/2HfJojXNTf
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 18:49
  • RT @LSEplc: The International Development Association (IDA), one of the largest and most effective platforms for fighting extreme poverty a…
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 16:39
  • RT @ilo: BREAKING: We've just released our annual flagship report, which explains why it's becoming increasingly difficult for people to bu…
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 14:54
  • RT @DavidMalpassWBG: Held a positive discussion on opportunities for growth in Africa at today’s UK-Africa Investment Summit. I emphasized…
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 13:13
  • Our #WomenBizLaw study measures laws that govern a woman’s ability to work or own a business. Where are countries making progress and where are more reforms needed? Link https://t.co/rMvulR2rSn
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 11:03

    Women, Business and the Law 2020 analyzes laws and regulations affecting women’s economic inclusion in 190 economies. While celebrating the progress made, the data and analysis emphasize the work still to be done to ensure economic empowerment for all.

  • How can cities manage their waste more sustainably? A roadmap offers policy suggestions based on experiences in Azerbaijan??, Belarus??, Bulgaria??, Japan??, Romania?? and other countries ?? Link #WhataWaste2 Link
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 03:03
    This roadmap is based on analyses of the experiences with waste management in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Japan, Romania, and the European Union (EU) generally. The experiences of other countries concerning waste management - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Russia - have also informed the document. By comparing implementation conditions across the case studies, the roadmap draws lessons and emphasizes that enhancing the waste management sector is a gradual process, changes should be introduced incrementally, and the sector is to improve steadily achieving organic growth. Special attention is paid to the building blocks of a well-functioning waste management system, including reliable data, legislation, institutional framework, financing, public communication and participation, management capacity, and operations. The intention of this roadmap is to provide a simple list of key issues and their sequencing that may be used by national and regional/local...
  • Legal gender inequality impacts a woman’s ability to work. How does this impact labor market outcomes? Can a country grow without achieving gender equality? Link #WomenBizLaw https://t.co/A8P73Vf94E
    World Bank Tue 21 Jan 2020 01:03

    There is a lot of emphasis worldwide on gender equality today, but nothing compares to the hardship that women face in developing countries. This is a priority that we need to take seriously – recognizing that women are 50 percent of the population, and that their welfare is important.

    One of the most pervasive forms of gender discrimination is the unequal treatment of women and men by the law -- but we are missing a complete picture of the relative severity, evolution and impact of legal gender discrimination around the world. As part of our effort to fill this knowledge gap, the Women Business and the Law (WBL) study now provides a newly expanded database that covers 190 economies over fifty years. It aims to capture inequality in legislation related to a woman’s access to employment and entrepreneurial activity.

    In a recent World Bank working paper Gendered Laws, we use this database to compare economies where women have the same...

  • “Chile’s robust emission reductions program speaks volumes about the country’s ongoing commitment to sustainable and inclusive forest development.” Link #forests #Chile https://t.co/rghYdg7kHl
    World Bank Mon 20 Jan 2020 23:03

    SANTIAGO/WASHINGTON, December 10, 2019 — Chile has signed an agreement with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a global partnership housed at the World Bank, unlocking up to $26 million to increase carbon sequestration and reduce emissions from forests. Chile is the first Latin American country to reach this milestone deal that will run until 2025. With this Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) in place, Chile is now eligible to receive results-based payments through its ambitious emission reductions program.

    “Chile’s robust emission reductions program speaks volumes about the country’s ongoing commitment to sustainable and inclusive forest development,” says Anna Wellenstein, Director for Sustainable Development, Latin America and Caribbean Region at World Bank Group. “It is also the first emission reductions payment agreement in Latin America with the FCPF, and we hope it will motivate other Carbon Fund countries in the...

  • In #Angola agriculture is the main source of income for 90% of Angolans living in rural areas. ???????? Boosting agribusiness would create jobs and economic diversification, lifting people out of poverty. Link #IFCinsights https://t.co/JruSaGYQp0
    World Bank Mon 20 Jan 2020 21:03
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