• #AI is disrupting transport through: ?drones for quick life-saving medical deliveries ? smart traffic systems to reduce congestion and emissions ? driverless vehicles that shuttle cargo & people Link #IFCinfrastructure @IFC_org https://t.co/Ud5sBjDuXA
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 20:06
  • Cutting #LearningPoverty by 50% by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable goal if all countries manage to improve learning ? as well as the top performers of the 2000-2015 period did. How to do that? Link #education #LearningPoverty https://t.co/dRHpi1U20w
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 17:06

    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

  • What are 3 key approaches in creating a sustainable disaster recovery solution? Link @Ede_WBG https://t.co/anA5kpytgM
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 14:05

    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...

  • What if women and men had the SAME access to jobs, schooling, financing and land? #IDA19 will continue to close those gender gaps. See recent impact: Link #IDAworks https://t.co/YqYBVGsDii
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 11:00

    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...

  • 4 Arab countries among the world’s top 10 business climate improvers. Economies of Middle East & North Africa accelerate the pace of business reforms. #DoingBiz Link https://t.co/XIcQjITp2Z
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 08:00

     

    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.

     

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  • When it comes to poverty and #mobility in the developing #EastAsia and #Pacific region, a lot has changed in the last few decades. Get caught up on the recent trends: Link https://t.co/lgjKC6QIdA
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 05:00

    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.

     

  • #IDA19 will continue to help lessen or remove the constraints to employment that women face. Link #IDAworks https://t.co/dopvv44NZT
    World Bank Fri 15 Nov 2019 02:05

    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.

  • A CALL TO ACTION ? @PlanUK, @SNVworld, @UNICEF, @WaterAid, @WorldBank & @WSSCCouncil are teaming up to call on countries for renewed commitments & investments to rural sanitation. Join us to affirm that #RuralSanitationMatters. ? Link #WorldToiletDay https://t.co/GRl4mf7utW
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 23:05
  • RT @IFC_org: ? Quiz: 4 out of 5 adults with #diabetes live in low or middle-income countries ?. Check the answer here ? https://t.co/IKW8…
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 22:00
  • We are less than 2 months away from the end of a decade. What have you achieved? Some highlights on our end: ??Committed $45.1B across 351 projects in about 100 countries ??Committed $22B to support the world's poorest ??Provided $3.0B to improve learning outcomes https://t.co/yQZANZs4Lx
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 21:05
  • Being able to prove who you are is critical to empowering people to improve their livelihoods. But 1B people in the ? have no proof of ID. Find out how #digitalidentity can unlock economic opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable. #ID4D Link https://t.co/pZ1qkHF4WV
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 20:05

    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...

  • RT @ilo: Countless sanitation workers work in conditions that endanger their lives and health. Read our latest report. https://t.co/lRGGrmI…
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 18:30
  • We have ? trained 2,000 people, ?? covering 400 projects, ? in 30 countries to run their own customizable, digital project monitoring platforms & keep track of progress in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Learn more: Link https://t.co/tfpvFqFgId
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 17:05
    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
  • RT @UN_Women: Top 10 countries that have achieved gender equality: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. There are none. We need to step up our…
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 15:40
  • What is #debt transparency? Why is it important? Let’s discuss! Watch the premiere of #ExpertAnswers with @MarcelloEstevao, Global Director of Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment here at the @WorldBank. https://t.co/lxA8FbqVbN
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 15:25
  • @YouTube Here's your chance to post your comments on debt: Watch live now, our new video series, #ExpertAnswers. Our guest is talking about debt in global development: Link
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 15:10

    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 expertanswers@worldbank.org. 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 report explains how mini grids can provide electricity to 500 million people by 2030 and #endenergypoverty. Find out more: Link https://t.co/kB2Tp1GnUU
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 14:04
  • Do you cook in a "clean" kitchen -- with safe, efficient appliances? 3 billion people do not, their cookstoves may be impacting their health more than the food they're cooking. Link #endenergypoverty https://t.co/Q6WWGPXKqf
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 11:04

    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...

  • Investing in girls’ education and, more importantly, keeping girls in school, is the critical first step in opening up opportunities for women in the Sahel. #IDAworks Link https://t.co/BCIQVpQeAM
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 08:04

    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

  • These top 15 performers that have reduced extreme poverty rates the most in recent years make up a diverse group of countries: Link #EndPoverty https://t.co/4Be1yD1DlE
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 05:04

    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.

  • Investing in safe and resilient infrastructure – including homes and schools: ?Saves lives ???Protects livelihoods ??Safeguards development Link #BuildToLast #InvestInPeople https://t.co/XaXWQv4Yik
    World Bank Thu 14 Nov 2019 02:04
    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.
  • #IDA19 aims to: - Improve the health and education of girls and women - Help women gain access to and ownership of assets - Enable women to find quality jobs and start businesses Link #IDAworks @WBG_IDA https://t.co/S2wT66anji
    World Bank Wed 13 Nov 2019 23:04

    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

  • #Waste generation is expected to grow by 70% by 2050, while our global population is expected to grow at less than half of that rate. Learn more: Link
    World Bank Wed 13 Nov 2019 21:04

    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.

     

  • On #WorldKindnessDay, share with us how someone has shown kindness to you. https://t.co/5LCArK4kAu
    World Bank Wed 13 Nov 2019 19:34
  • RT @UNOCHA: When persons with disabilities are caught in a crisis, they are often disproportionately affected. Read the first-ever @iascch…
    World Bank Wed 13 Nov 2019 18:04
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