A World Bank-implemented project is improving the quality of teaching and the learning environment at a school in Niger. "I love my school because it is here that I learned to read," says Mariama, 10. Photo by: Mouslim Sidi Mohamed
On March 15, Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe and we were faced with a twofold challenge. First, how would we design a disaster recovery solution that could deliver both quick yet sustainable results to put the cyclone affected people back on the path of resilient and sustainable recovery? And secondly, how would we efficiently and effectively implement this in a fragile country where the Government cannot receive direct funding from us?
For us to deliver quick and sustainable results which would rebuild livelihoods through conditional cash transfer and restoration of agriculture and livestock, implement vulnerability targeting through unconditional cash, offer immediate health services, and rebuild community infrastructure – schools, roads, irrigation, disaster protection, we were going to need to take a holistic approach.
But the biggest challenge was not the “what” part but the “how” part.
To deal with this, we collaborated with...
Gender equality is a key priority for the International Development Association (IDA). IDA works to close gender gaps by bringing—and keeping—girls in school, helping women gain access to land titles and other vital assets, and ensuring they can obtain financing to start businesses. (In pdf: EN | AR | ES | FR | RU | ZH) )
Gender inequality affects girls and women throughout their life. In many IDA countries, girls’ average educational attainment remains lower than for boys and adult women are less literate than men. Women are less likely to join the labor force and be paid for their work. When they do, they are more likely to work part-time, in the informal sector, or in occupations that have lower pay.
These disadvantages translate into large economic costs not only for them, but also for their households and countries. Achieving gender equality would have dramatic benefits for women and girls’ welfare and agency. This, in...
Doing Business 2020, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 17th in a series of annual studies measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.
The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region is often characterized as a global success story in terms of the amount and pace of poverty reduction over the last few decades. Indeed, over the last half century, a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty.
However, a broader view of poverty and mobility shows there is still much to be done even though extreme poverty is now less prevalent.
In the last year, two pieces on poverty and mobility in developing EAP countries were prepared for East Asia and Pacific Economic Updates. Some highlights from these articles are summarized below.
No country, community, or economy can achieve its potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys. Failure to fully unleash women’s productive potential represents a major missed opportunity, with significant consequences for individuals, families, and economies. IDA countries face wide gaps in economic opportunity, with women’s labor force participation and job quality consistently trailing those of men. Globally, 53% of women participate in the labor market, compared with 88% of men.
Juan and his family fled their home during Peru’s 1995 insurgency. Like many other Peruvians, they left behind all of their possessions, including their IDs and other documents. Without an ID, Juan—along with 3 million other Peruvians whose civil registration records were lost or destroyed during this period—was unable to enroll in school or access basic social services.
Mariam, a cross border trader from Uganda, struggled to earn a livelihood because of the difficulty she faced in crossing the border to buy and sell goods in Kenya. Without the necessary IDs, she could not pass through regular border crossings and was forced to travel long distances in dangerous areas that left her vulnerable to theft and exploitation.
In India, Shanti’s livelihood depended on wages earned through MNREGA (India’s rural employment guarantee program) and a pension for her and her disabled husband. Years ago, a postman would deliver this cash to any household member...
- The World Bank's GEMS initiative builds local capacity among project teams, clients and partners to systematically use these tools, and has so far trained 2,000 people covering close to 400 projects in 30 countries
Debt Transparency – it’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in development circles. But what exactly is it? And why is it so important? To get answers to these and other questions, we spoke with Marcello Estevão, Global Director of Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment here at the World Bank. As we learn, it’s a lot more straightforward than you might think, and it can have big benefits for borrowing countries as well as lenders.Leave us a comment below or send us an email at email@example.com. Expert Answers is a new series from the World Bank Group, where we answer the biggest questions in development – topics like debt, trade, tackling extreme poverty, finance, agriculture, fragility, conflict and violence, energy, sustainability, the environment, natural resources, climate change adaptation and resilience, public health, nutrition, human capital, gender equality, human rights, infrastructure, education, digital economy and development, competitiveness,...
NEW YORK, September 23, 2019 – The United Kingdom pledged £200 million ($250 million) to the Climate Investment Funds’ Global Energy Storage Program, which in collaboration with the World Bank’s Energy Storage Partnership aims to deliver breakthrough energy storage and renewable energy solutions at scale.
France’s Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Netherlands pledged $100 million to the Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), with the Netherlands also announcing $20 million for the Bank’s planned Clean Cooking Fund.
The UK’s contribution supports the World Bank Group’s goal of mobilizing $1 billion in concessional climate funds for a global program on energy storage, alongside its own commitment of $1 billion, announced at the One Planet Summit in September 2018.
The program is expected to help middle-income and developing countries increase their use of renewables, particularly wind and solar power, improve energy...
In Chad and other countries where it is working, the SWEDD has already provided professional training to almost 100,000 women so they can pursue income-generating activities. Photo: © Vincent Tremeau/The World Bank
One of the goals of the World Bank Group is to reduce extreme poverty—defined as living on less than $1.90 per day in 2011 PPP—to less than 3% by 2030. We know that the world has seen tremendous progress in reducing extreme poverty since 1990. So, where in the world has poverty reduction been most successful?
The graph below shows 15 countries that experienced the largest annual average percentage point declines in extreme poverty rate between about 2000 and 2015, out of the 114 countries for which we can measure poverty in a comparable way over this period.
- In Guatemala, a rapid, low-cost, and AI-enabled assessment approach – combining drones and car-mounted camera imagery – helped identify and map a significant share of the buildings at risk of collapse in an earthquake. In Saint Lucia, the same approach was used to assess rooftop damage risks from a Category-5 hurricane. In Indonesia, the government is making resilience a central part of their home improvement subsidy program, one of the largest in the world. In Mexico, the authorities are upgrading their housing programs to make them more inclusive and resilient. In Peru, automated property valuations and vulnerability assessments have been conducted to support municipalities.
IDA is a partner for the countries to engage, collaborate and have a stake in development—of the world. IDA operates on a country-driven model, where assistance is tailored to each borrowing country’s
Exacerbating the growing waste situation, plastics, in particular, further compound the crisis. In 2016 alone, the world generated about 240 million tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to about 24 trillion 500-millimeter, 10-gram plastic bottles. The water volume of these bottles could fill up 4.8 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. Hard to visualize, but an immense amount of plastics.
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