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Lessons from Ghana: A cost-effective way to train teachers

<i>With inputs from Deborah Mikesell, Peter Darvas and Natasha Somji</i><p>In 2012, Ghana faced a daunting challenge. There was a wide disparity in the …

Education

Empowering a New Generation of Female Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan

Fatima brimmed with optimism. The 19-year-old recently established a poultry enterprise with the support of a micro-grant, and was thrilled at the …

Women Entrepreneurs

Recent Gains on Global Tobacco Taxation

The landmark <b>Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health</b>, issued by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry in 1964, represented the first time that …

Public Health

How Does Brazilian Law See Women?

<i>Fish farmers in Jatobá, Northeastern Brazil</i><p>From a strictly legal standpoint, men and women are almost fully equal in Brazil. This notion, however, …

Gender

The “5Ds”: Changing attitudes to open defecation in India

<i>Co-author: Dharmendra Singh</i><p>In the village of Bharsauta in Uttar Pradesh, India, construction worker Vishwanath lives with his wife, four children and …

Toilets

It’s not all about toilets: Debunking 7 myths about urban sanitation on World Water Day

Today, on World Water Day, which this year is dedicated to wastewater, we’d like to seize the occasion to debunk some of the myths that prevent …

Sustainability

The numbers are in: Water is key to poverty reduction and health

Today, on World Water Day, we are humbled by the fact that over 663 million people on the planet still live without access to safe drinking water; …

Poverty

Incentivizing equality: investment-led development as a win-win for all

As we celebrate Woman’s History Month this March, we must continue to push the envelope on operationalizing gender parity for our clients. In …

Gender

World Water Day: Take Action around the World to Tackle a Water Crisis

Today we celebrate World Water Day around the world.<p>In Marseille, young people are coming together to promote innovative projects by entrepreneurs …

Water

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's an edible aid drone!

Edible drones filled with food, water or medicine could soon become indispensable in humanitarian emergencies<p>By Magdalena Mis<p>LONDON, Feb 20 (Thomson …

Drones

Simulating job growth through macro models

We are developing Macro Simulation Models to estimate how investments and interventions may generate jobs. Following the Jobs Study conducted by the …

International Women’s Day: Azunne Asakiboba Weaves her Way Out of Poverty

<b>GAMBORONGO, March 8, 2017─</b>Azunne Asakiboba is a native of Gamborongo, a community in the Bongo district located in the upper east region of Ghana. At …

Poverty

Improving Vocational Education Brings Opportunities for Young People in Yunnan

Yunnan Province, on China’s southwestern border, is well known for its beautiful natural landscape and rich ethnic culture. Yet it is also one of the …

Education

Getting closer to equal in Brazil? Yes, but…

Basically, any general statement you use to describe Brazil can be countered with a ‘but…’. The vast internal diversity in the country calls for …

Women's News

Developing venture capital for young startup firms in Morocco

Businesses, for many the real drivers of job creation, can also be the foundation of wealth and greater economic inclusion of the general population.</i> …

Venture Capital

A Story of Social Change: Improving Employment in Oman

Asma, an Omani social worker, recently shared a touching story. It was the story of a woman who, after a number of legal battles, had agreed to her …

Employment

The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon: empowering youth to serve as agents of change

There was silence in the room. No one seemed to want to speak up. I asked again: “what are the most important challenges that you face every day?” …

Refugees

Women in the changing world of work: Not just more jobs but better jobs for women

This year’s International Women’s Day “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” places great emphasis on equality and economic …

International Women’s Day 2017: Empowering girls and women through education

<i>Parents love their children.</i> <i><br>Farming is hard work.</i> <i><br>The child is reading a book.</i> <i><br>Children work hard at school.</i><p>These are the sentences that women ages …

Education

The long road to gender equality in Nepal

Today marks International Women’s Day throughout the world. Here in Nepal, it is a joyful tribute to the fact that the country boasts three women …

Women's News

Do women respond to performance pay differently than men?

Also available in: Español, Français<p>A nice new paper from Oriana Bandiera, Greg Fischer, Andrea Prat and Erina Ytsma give us an answer. Before …

Psychology

Women can play a greater role in realizing South Asia’s potential

Last week, I took a journey on Mumbai’s suburban train system, which carries a staggering 8 million women and men, equivalent to the entire …

Education

Beyond celebrating – Removing barriers for women in the South Caucasus

After seventeen months in the South Caucasus, I have learnt a lot from colleagues in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia about this day, …

Gender

#EmpowerHer: Combining technology and the creativity of youth to promote the economic empowerment of women in the Maghreb

In common with many other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Morocco and Tunisia have a huge untapped source of human …

Women's News

Listening to women while planning for development: Real life experience from China

“Women hold up half of the sky,” Chairman Mao said. So when it comes to development, it is important to listen to women – who generally make up half …

Women's News

Unleashing the potential of women entrepreneurs in Africa

Walk around a major city in Sub-Saharan Africa and you will quickly realize that women are a highly visible part of the economy, selling all manner …

Women Entrepreneurs

The age of marriage & legal gender differences - 3 charts for International Women’s Day

As we mark International Women’s day, I’ve been considering how laws often apply differently to men and women. When they work well, laws ensure …

Gender

Women count: Turning demographic challenge into opportunty in Armenia

“You can’t hold back time,” goes the saying (and the song). Indeed, the Laws of Nature dictate that people and societies get older and older, whether …

Armenia
Gender

Conflicts May Threaten Gains Made to Date by Women in the Middle East & North Africa

<b>How do you view the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa now?</b><p>A: Women in the region have made a lot of progress in areas like …

Middle East