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Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Imagine a city destroyed by a natural disaster, killing people and wiping away infrastructure. For instance, an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, …

Cultural Heritage

Finland: A miracle of education?

Finland’s success in PISA ― a worldwide study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 15-year-old students’ aptitudes …

Education

At What Cost? The Economic Impacts of Child Marriage

Marriage

Kyrgyz Republic: Strengthening Student Assessment for Improved Learning

<b>By Dingyong Hou and Gulmira Sultanova</b><p>During our recent mission to Bishkek in March 2017, news that the Kyrgyz Republic had won the competition for a …

Kyrgyzstan

Skilling India

India is the world’s fastest growing economy, expected to grow at 7.2 percent in 2017-18, and at 7.7 percent by 2019-20. The government of India has …

India

Local communities combat climate change in Bangladesh

How can a country vulnerable to natural disasters mitigate the effects of climate change? In Bangladesh, resilient communities have shown that by …

Climate Change

Human development accounting

The rate of change in human development outcomes varies considerably across countries over long periods of time, as reflected in the two histograms …

Geography

360° Technological change

The way we communicate, produce, and relate to technology is evolving quickly. <br>Tell me something I don’t know, you’ll say.<p>That’s where Benedict …

Innovation

Climate smart agricultural practices in Haryana, India: The way forward & challenges

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) defines Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) as an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform …

Agriculture

Scaling up Women’s Economic Empowerment in India

The World Bank is helping the Indian government to scale up a women's empowerment initiative in one of the poorest regions of India to bring …

India

Education is Great but a Good Education is Even Better

<b>ANTANANARIVO, June 16, 2017–</b>Thursday, 9.30 a.m. The CM1 Class at the Ambohidratrimo Public Primary School has a French lesson. Ten-year-old Johnica …

Education

Including women in infrastructure: from Washington to Senegal

Photo by Adam Gregor/ Shutterstock.com<p>The theme of this year’s Global Infrastructure Forum was delivering sustainable <i>and</i> inclusive infrastructure. As …

Senegal

How can Zambia create 1 million jobs?

During a meeting with top government officials in Zambia recently, the World Bank Regional Vice-president for Africa, Makhtar Diop, asked what was at …

Economics

Pakistan bridges the gender divide by embracing a digital economy

Standing in line to sign up for the Digital Youth Summit in Peshawar this May, I struck up a conversation with a young woman from Peshawar. I was …

World Economic Forum

A roadmap to reintegrate displaced and refugee Afghans

As the world marks World Refugee Day on June 20, we must remember that it is not only the refugee crisis that is hampering development efforts in …

Afghanistan

Leveraging the urbanization dividend in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is undergoing a rapid urban transition. While the current share of its population living in cities is comparatively low (25.8 percent in …

World Bank

A Greener Growth Path to Sustain Thailand’s Future

Global experience shows that growing first and cleaning up later rarely works. Rather, it is in countries’ interest to prioritize green and clean …

Sustainability

How can education systems be better? A round-up of the 2017 RISE conference

RISE – Research on Improving Systems of Education – seeks to answer the question, “How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning …

Education

How to host 200,000 refugee students in your education system: An answer from Lebanon

World Refugee Day happens once year, but the issues it is designed to highlight are a daily concern for Lebanon. As the country which hosts the …

Education

Standing #WithRefugees: Helping Jordan with the Provision of Health Services to Syrian Refugees

<b>March 15, 2017.</b> She looked at me curiously, sipping on her juice box. Her pink sweater in contrast to her anemic pallor. If it had not been for the …

Health Care

Financial inclusion for displaced people yields societal and economic benefits for all

Sixty-five million people worldwide are displaced by conflict and war.<p>Developing countries host 95% of them.<p>Displaced people need help. But so do …

Poverty

World Desertification Day: Concerted Effort in Global Resilience to Turn Back Drought and Desertification

A dried lake near Oruro (Bolivia) - © Andy Shuai Liu / World Bank<p>As we mark World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought tomorrow, notable strides …

Geography

Changing the way the world views and manages water: Storytelling through photos

The Joint Secretariat of <b>High Level Panel on Water</b> and <b>Connect4Climate</b> announced today that the winner of the Instagram Photo Competition — …

Water

Three threats to Afghanistan’s future: Rising poverty, insecurity, sluggish growth

Last week, a tanker truck, one of many roaming the streets of Kabul, navigated through bumper-to-bumper traffic, going past government buildings and …

Poverty

Keeping the Ocean at Bay: Combating Coastal Erosion with West Africa’s Sand River

I recall vividly the first time I saw Togo’s coast in 2013, and how taken aback I was by the gravity of the erosion. I had been invited by the …

Climate Change

Can Technology Help Reduce Climate and Disaster Risk?

FloodTags<p>In drought-prone regions like the Sahel, a dry, sun-drenched part of Northern Africa that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, the …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Unearthing young talent with the ‘Niger App Challenge’

<b>NIAMEY, May 30, 2017 -</b> “I got the idea to create my ‘Health Coach’ application from discussions with other women. The app helps women monitor their …

Education

Students in Indonesia Know That For Better Basic Services, Their Country Needs More Revenue

<b>Jakarta, Indonesia, June 6, 2017</b> – “I want my future children to have better health and education services,” says Erikson Wijaya, a student from …

Indonesia

Supporting Women Fish Sellers in Mauritania

<b>WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017—</b>Mauritania’s fishing industry plays a major role in the country’s economy, contributing 25% of public revenue and up to 5% …

World Economy

Africa Takes the Lead to Support Refugees and their Hosts with Long-Term Solutions

<i>Taking the initiative to work towards lasting solutions, Andrew Ndaamunhu Bvumbe, the World Bank Group Executive Director for Africa Group 1</i> …

Africa