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Aug 05, 2019 | Blog Post
In the last few weeks, the latest Ebola crisis has reached a tipping point. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on July 17, and the World Bank has committed an additional $300 million in resources to the frontlines.
Jul 22, 2019 | Blog Post
There is now an unprecedented high-level global consensus that partnerships between peace, security and development actors who have not traditionally worked together must become the “new normal” to tackle the FCV challenge together.
Jul 02, 2019 | Blog Post
At the G20 Leaders Summit in Japan, World Bank Group President David Malpass stressed reducing inequality and realizing inclusive growth globally.
Jun 18, 2019 | Blog Post
We face daunting, interconnected challenges, but IDA – and the entire World Bank Group – will help the poorest countries meet those challenges and continue our drive to end extreme poverty.
Jun 17, 2019 | Blog Post
As we work on the next IDA replenishment we have a chance to integrate these lessons across our programs that are focused on countries affected by fragility and conflict.
Jun 11, 2019 | Blog Post
In Afghanistan, a World Bank program aimed at lifting rural households out of extreme poverty has generated remarkable results.
Feb 28, 2019 | Blog Post
Over the next decade, close to 600 million people will be looking for jobs, mostly in the world’s poorest countries. The South Asia region alone will need to create more than 13 million jobs every year to keep pace with its demographics.
Dec 20, 2018 | Blog Post
Burundi. © Sarah Farhat/World Bank [[tweetable]]How can we help the poorest countries deal with climate change? The challenge is huge.[[/tweetable]] Globally, the last three years were the hottest on record.  Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry started rising again in 2017 after briefly leveling off. Many regions are experiencing more severe and frequent storms, floods, and drought. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...
Oct 17, 2017 | Blog Post
Today is “End Poverty Day.” This is an important marker in the fight to end extreme poverty by 2030—a time for us to renew our collective commitment to do more and better to end poverty, and reflect on what the global community has accomplished together.   Since 1960, the International Development Association, IDA, has stood at the frontlines of our work in the poorest countries. IDA investments help spur greater stability and progress around the world by ...
Jan 18, 2017 | Blog Post
By Auke Lootsma, Country Director, United Nations’ Development Programme in Yemen Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Long the poorest country in the Arab region, over half its population was living below the poverty line before the current conflict worsened. That number has risen steeply, with over 21.5 million people needing humanitarian assistance now—close to 80% of the country’s 28 million people. Yemen’s political transition unraveled ...
Dec 27, 2016 | Blog Post
Another year has passed, and as we do each year-end, here’s a rundown of what content resonated most with you on World Bank social media in 2016. Four World Bank Facebook posts you cared about most Some of our most popular and engaging content on Facebook in 2016 was, not surprisingly, multimedia. Check out these posts that made the biggest impact with you in the last year. On October 17 – now recognized as End Poverty Day – Bangladeshi singer Habib Wahid unveiled a new song...
Dec 13, 2016 | Blog Post
With IDA18, new approaches to operations, new financial instruments, as well as new analytics and tools will help ensure we deliver on the jobs agenda. Photo: © John Hogg/World Bank On December 14th and 15th donor and borrower country representatives of the World Bank Group will meet in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to finalize details for the 18th replenishment of IDA. The final agreement on IDA18 is expected to usher in a new era for IDA, the Bank’s fund for the ...
Dec 13, 2016 | Blog Post
With IDA18, new approaches to operations, new financial instruments, as well as new analytics and tools will help ensure we deliver on the jobs agenda. Photo: © John Hogg/World Bank On December 14th and 15th donor and borrower country representatives of the World Bank Group will meet in Yogyakarta, Indonesia ...
Nov 15, 2016 | Blog Post
World Bank Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist Diana J. Arango shares insights into her work to operationalize gender-based violence prevention and response in fragile settings.Why is gender important for development in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), in the context of your work? Even though we know ...
Nov 15, 2016 | Blog Post
World Bank Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist Diana J. Arango shares insights into her work to operationalize gender-based violence prevention and response in fragile settings. Why is gender important for development in environments affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), in the context of your work? Even though we know that [[tweetable]]35% of women in the world have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hand of an intimate ...
Oct 18, 2016 | Blog Post
Like many African countries, Senegal has a young population in search of decent jobs and salaries.  A report covering the last national census of the Senegalese population, published every ten years by l’Agence nationale de la statistique et de la démographie (ANSD) (National Statistics and Demographics Agency), reveals that the average age of the population is approximately 22 years and that one in every two Senegalese is under 18 years of age. Those under 15 ...
Aug 11, 2016 | Blog Post
Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[tweetable]]agriculture and changes in land use already contribute 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.[[/tweetable]] It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two unrelenting challenges now facing the globe –how to turn the promises of last...
Aug 11, 2016 | Blog Post
Also available in: Spanish - French - Arabic The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program (WAAPP). Photo Credits: Dasan Bobo/The World Bank Here’s something you may not be aware of: [[tweetable]]agriculture and changes in land use already contribute 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.[[/tweetable]] It’s a statistic that matters in the face of two ...
Aug 09, 2016 | Blog Post
Is it hot outside? Should I bring an umbrella?   Most of us don’t think much beyond these questions when we check the weather report on a typical day. But weather information plays a much more critical role than providing intel on whether to take an umbrella or use sunscreen. It can help manage the effects of climate change, prevent economic losses and save lives when extreme weather hits.  During the second IDA18 replenishment meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, I visited the...
Aug 01, 2016 | Blog Post
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Jun 13, 2016 | Blog Post
For the first time in history, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development Goals and signing the Paris climate deal at the end of 2015, the global community is now looking into the best and most effective ways of reaching these milestones. In this five-part series, I will discuss what the World Bank Group is doing and what we are planning to do in key...
May 10, 2016 | Blog Post
Children Helping Other Children The opening ceremonies in Dushanbe, Tajikistan starting Wednesday for construction works on the CASA-1000 project mark an important milestone. The project could bring a trade in sustainable electricity between Central and South Asia; address energy shortages in Afghanistan and Pakistan; and will provide financing for new investments and improve winter energy supplies for Central Asian countries. This ambitious project, costing $1.17...
May 04, 2016 | Blog Post
This post by Laura Tuck originally appeared on Project Syndicate’s website on May 4, 2016. Today, actual wars between countries over water resources are uncommon, owing to improved dialogue and cross-border cooperation. But, within countries, competition for scarce water is becoming a more common source of instability and conflict, especially as climate change increases the severity and frequency of extreme weather events. As we detail in our new report “High ...
May 04, 2016 | Blog Post
This post by Laura Tuck originally appeared on Project Syndicate’s website on May 4, 2016. Today, actual wars between countries over water resources are uncommon, owing to improved dialogue and cross-border cooperation. But, within countries, competition for scarce water is becoming a more common source of instability and conflict, especially ...
Mar 28, 2014 | Blog Post
Strengthening disaster and climate resilience must become an integral part of our development work. With global temperatures continuing to rise, we know that volatile and extreme weather events will become more frequent, and that poor and vulnerable populations will be most at risk when that happens. So I was pleased ...