• RT @BetterThan_Cash: Digital #financialinclusion was a development priority before the #COVID19 emergency; now, it is indispensable for bot…
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 13:27
  • Women frequently lack the financial resources and social networks to navigate justice systems. @SandieOkoro and @PPrettitore write about restrictive social norms during #COVID19 and how they keep women from tacking legal action: Link
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 13:02
    Globally, women have only three-quarters of the legal rights afforded to men, with the worst inequalities relating to family relationships, employment, control of economic assets, and violence. Ensuring that the current pandemic does not deepen these disparities is therefore crucial.
  • RT @AxelVT_WB: #Energyaccess is a key catalyst of growth. In rural Myanmar, the @WorldBank is helping turn on the lights for 450,000 ppl th…
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 12:52
  • RT @WBG_IDA: Do you know the potential of solar power in your country? A new @WorldBank report helps answer by providing solar energy poten…
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 12:52
  • #Publictransport activity in #India is expected to be at 25-50% of its pre-#COVID19 levels in the first month after lockdown. How operators maintain safe service with uncertain demand? Link
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 10:02

    Meeting staff expenses has emerged as the biggest financial challenge. Typically, salaries account for almost half the expenses of public bus operators. Servicing debt repayments came up as the second most important issue.

  • Historic locust swarms are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions across Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. The Development Podcast has more: Listen: Apple: Link Spotify: Link Web: World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 07:02

    Millions of people’s food security and livelihoods are under threat from historic locust swarms that are decimating cropland in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. As affected countries work to respond, experts tell the Development Podcast that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is complicating response efforts.With the World Bank stepping up to support countries, we hear from two of the experts behind the $500 million (USD) program – Afrah Al-Ahmadi and Melissa Williams.We also take a listener's question about the Bank's Young Professionals Program. Send your questions to TheDevelopmentPodcast@WorldBank.org (mailto:TheDevelopmentPodcast@WorldBank.org) .It all comes to you from the World Bank in Washington, DC and around the world. Listen, rate, review and subscribe!Show notes:Behind the Mission: World Bank Young Professionals discuss their experience: https://live.worldbank.org/behind-mission-world-bank-group-young-professionals-program...

  • Now available! The Records Management Roadmap, a multi-part toolkit, is designed to help governments and public-sector organizations implement strategic and coordinated improvements in records management. Link
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 04:01
    The Records Management Roadmap is a multi-part toolkit, designed to help governments and public-sector organizations implement strategic and coordinated improvements in records management.

    The primary audience for this Roadmap is governments, organizations, or other agencies around the world that wish to develop and improve the management of their organizational records or other sources of documentary evidence.

    The Roadmap is a self-contained resource, including instructional information and guidance, assessment tools, explanations of terms and concepts, and resource materials, to allow organizations to evaluate their own records management needs and identify priorities for action.

  • FREE ONLINE COURSE: Global Value Chains (#GVCs) now account for almost half of all international #trade. Learn how GVCs can become more sustainable and inclusive for the benefit of all. Link #OpenLearningCampus #LearnFromHome #WorldBank #MOOC #WDR2020 https://t.co/MTxyjwZ8lg
    World Bank Tue 04 Aug 2020 01:06

    Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence, the age of GVCs, wherein low-income countries grew rapidly and began to catch up with high-income countries.

    Since the 2008 global financial crisis, however, the growth of trade has stagnated and the expansion of GVCs has stalled. These trends have only been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, threats to the model of trade-led growth have emerged. Technological change could draw production closer to the consumer and reduce the demand for labor. And trade conflicts among large countries—exacerbated by conflict around COVID-19—could lead to a retrenchment or a segmentation of GVCs.

    How can GVCs power sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development? How can countries work together to create deeper reforms and predictable policies that encourage shared and sustained...

  • Development data plays a key role in helping efforts to design specific interventions to address crises. @FuHaishan explains more. Watch Link https://t.co/03gnGD0pGs
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 22:05

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  • RT @WBG_Jobs: While governments around the world have taken urgent action to protect people’s lives and livelihoods during the #coronavirus…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 20:35
  • RT @CeylaP_WBG: Many developing countries have long faced challenges in raising revenue through taxation—which have only been magnified by…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 20:35
  • ‘A life-changing experience’ - that's how Bimala Tamang describes the help she received after the devastating 2015 earthquake in #Nepal. Learn how efforts to rebuild the country are #ChangingLives. Link https://t.co/hrh2o3hDi3
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 19:05

    Bimala Tamang, a 40-year-old mother raising three children in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, spent most of her time looking after household chores.

    Then on April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring another 22,000. More than 460 aftershocks further added to the destruction. But the people of Nepal rebuilt their communities – and their lives – even stronger than before earthquake.

    In the weeks following the earthquake, the World Bank worked with the Government of Nepal to conduct a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). The framework underscored the enormous need and challenge in ensuring safer housing reconstruction for around 715,000 houses that were destroyed or severely damaged with over $3.5 billion estimated for housing reconstruction.

    A subsequent $200 million project further supplemented by two rounds of additional financing totaling $500 million funded by IDA – the...

  • The developing economies that will be hardest hit by the #COVID19 crisis will be those that... ?? Have weak health care systems ? Rely heavily on trade, tourism, or remittances ?? Depend on commodity exports Learn more: Link #WBGEP2020 https://t.co/frRgus9sqS
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 15:55

    Securing core public services, getting money directly to people and maintaining the private sector will limit the harm and help prepare for recovery

    WASHINGTON, June 2, 2020 – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the economic shutdowns are dealing a severe blow to the global economy and especially poorer countries. Developing countries and the international community can take steps now to speed recovery after the worst of the health crisis has passed and blunt long-term adverse effects, according to analytical chapters released today from the World Bank Group’s Global Economic Prospects report.

    Short-term response measures to address the health emergency and secure core public services will need to be accompanied by comprehensive policies to boost long-term growth, including by improving governance and business environments, and expanding and improving the results of investment in education and public health. To make future economies more...

  • RT @WBG_Poverty: Phone surveys can be a great tool for gathering data during the #COVID19 pandemic. Without face-to-face interactions, phon…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 15:40
  • RT @WBPakistanCD: I am honored to join the Pakistan office today as @WorldBank Country Director. Looking forward to further building and st…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 15:40
  • RT @Ede_WBG: Reading: #Women and #Trade : The Role of Trade in Promoting #Gender Equality - Trade can dramatically improve women’s lives: n…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 14:05
  • RT @WBG_Environment: Did #AirQuality improve worldwide during #COVID-19 lockdown? Yes and No. Read our new article to find out: https://t.c…
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 14:05
  • We can take steps to make the recovery from #COVID19 stronger and more resilient. @DavidMalpassWBG discusses some ideas: Link https://t.co/uiNIog69Go
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 13:05

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  • #Socialprotection delivery systems matter. Policy design & delivery systems must work hand in hand to achieve meaningful impacts. Read our new Sourcebook that captures our global experience & knowledge on delivery systems in the past decades. DOWNLOAD: Link https://t.co/lUQrWfAZqD
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 10:05
    Social protection delivery systems matter. Policy design and delivery systems need to work hand in hand to yield meaningful programs and impacts. This Sourcebook synthesizes practical knowledge and experience on social protection delivery systems from countries around the world. It answers questions relating to the “how.” For example, how do countries deliver social protection benefits and services effectively, efficiently, and inclusively?
  • Without #ResilientHousing, cities won’t be able to contain the spread of #COVID19 in their most vulnerable communities. What steps must be taken to minimize the toll of this crisis and prepare for the next one? Read to learn more: Link
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 07:05
    Technologies to locate, quantify, and characterize homes and neighborhoods that need upgrading. Through geospatial assessments using drone imagery, street view imagery, and machine learning, we can identify opportunities to reduce overcrowding and allow for social isolation and self-quarantining. Targeted infrastructure investments to improve home sanitation in the neighborhoods most at risk. This includes installing kitchen sinks with running water, flushing toilets, windows for proper ventilation, and energy-efficient technologies to save families money. Housing subsidies that (i) improve homes in up to six months, creating jobs for community residents such as plumbers, masons, and carpenters; and (ii) provide rental assistance and mortgage safety net programs to vulnerable groups.
  • Watch @CeylaP_WBG highlight the challenges ahead for developing countries post #COVID19. See the video replay: Link https://t.co/8d9IbMG5Ao
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 04:05

    Covid-19 has caused widespread economic damage, with long-term implications for global supply chains, productivity growth, and sovereign debt. What does the post-pandemic future look like? Join this conversation between World Bank group Vice President Ceyla Pazarbasioglu and Financial Times Chief Economics Commentator Martin Wolf.

  • #GIS data is revolutionizing the way cities are approaching #PublicHealth crises like #COVID19. Read how one @WorldBank methodology is being put to use in 15 cities across the globe: Link #BanacedFuture
    World Bank Mon 03 Aug 2020 01:04

    Building a Balanced Future is a new World Bank series that learns from COVID-19 and offers expert insights into building a sustainable, inclusive world that is more resilient to shocks. 

    The coronavirus pandemic has cast a light on social and spatial disparities within cities like never before. A major concern is a city’s economic geography: the interplay between its economic and physical setting.

    For example, many urban dwellers in Africa and Asia live in slums and informal settlements. Even in the best of times, these environments are beset by cramped living conditions, limited public space, and inadequate public services. But amid a global pandemic like COVID-19, these conditions make for a hotbed of viral spread.

    Mitigating measures such as handwashing and self-quarantining are severely limited. How can you maintain a safe distance from others when space is limited or communal facilities bring you into close contact with...

  • Did you know that trade has the potential to promote gender equality? Research shows women working in trade are more likely to... ?? Be formally employed ?? Earn higher wages ?? Have access to training ?? Have more job security Link #WomenAndTrade https://t.co/IRwFED96YG
    World Bank Sun 02 Aug 2020 22:04

     "Pink Tariffs” and Other Trade Barriers Are Obstacles to Better Jobs, Wage Equality

    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2020 — Trade increases women’s wages and helps close the wage gap between men and women while creating better jobs for women, a new World Bank Group report concludes. Countries that are open to international trade tend to grow faster, innovate, improve productivity, and provide higher income and more opportunities to their people. Countries that are more open to trade, as measured by the trade-to-GDP ratio, have higher levels of gender equality.

    The report, produced in collaboration with the World Trade Organization, marks the first major effort to quantify how women are affected by trade using a new gender-disaggregated dataset. The dataset, developed by the World Bank Group, allows researchers to understand how women are employed, in which industries they work, how much they earn, and whether or not they are involved in global...

  • How could the #coronavirus pandemic make food insecurity worse? Juergen Voegele joins #ExpertAnswers to explain. Link https://t.co/OiHLndfnva
    World Bank Sun 02 Aug 2020 19:04

    The coronavirus is upending seemingly every aspect of our lives. Could it also make it harder to find and afford safe and nutritious food – especially for the world’s poorest? To find out how the pandemic is affecting food supply chains and how we can keep them working, Juergen Voegele joined Expert Answers to give us some answers.

  • Lessons learned from Mexico’s 2017 earthquake showed this eye-care provider how to serve vulnerable patients during #COVID19 Link
    World Bank Sun 02 Aug 2020 16:04
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