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Creating Jobs and Diversifying Exports in Bangladesh

“Bangladesh’s achievement in ready-made-garments is remarkable. However, dependence on a single sector for majority of export earnings is risky. To …

Economics

Joining Forces to Transform Water and Sanitation Utilities

“<i>The most precious thing in life is water,”</i> says Wellington Vasconcelos, the mayor of Groaíras, a municipality in the state of Ceará in the northeast …

Renewable Energy

Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force

<b>Sri Lanka lags behind in women’s participation in the workforce, especially compared to other middle-income countries</b><p>A new report from the World …

Gender

Climate Resilience: Weathering Fiscal Risk in Georgia

Disasters like these can endanger development gains, especially among the most vulnerable communities. While Georgia has made significant strides in …

Climate

Not All Toilets Look the Same: A Peek into Citywide Inclusive Sanitation on World Toilet Day

This example from Brazil shows the power of innovation employed by an efficiently run water and sanitation utility. CAESB has rolled out the use of …

Sustainability

Allô École! Using mobile technologies to connect government, teachers, and parents

When parents send their children to school, they expect that their child will receive a basic level of education. Now, imagine your child cannot read …

Mobile

Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsides for a Cleaner Future

The good news is that over the past decade, many countries have managed to reform their subsidies successfully.<p>For example, in 2015, Saudi Arabia, …

Energy

Climate finance: why is transport getting the short end of the stick?

Climate change is a global challenge that threatens the prosperity and wellbeing of future generations. Transport plays a significant role in that …

Climate

Resilient transport investments: a climate imperative for Small Island Developing Countries

Transport in its many forms – from tuk-tuks in Thailand to futuristic self-driving electric cars – is ubiquitous in the lives of everyone on the …

Climate

#Blog4Dev: Vocation and technical training and access to credit would create jobs

During my years in college, the number of unemployed graduates in my city made me want to study harder, and seek the skills required in the workplace …

Africa

Accelerating and learning from innovations in youth employment projects

Innovations in youth employment programs are critical to addressing this enormous development challenge effectively. Rapid progress in digital …

Innovation

Five myths about water in Pakistan

Persistent myths, which can misguide policy, are barriers to improving water security for the people of Pakistan. Here are five:<p><b>First</b>, this problem …

Climate Change

Reducing the health burden due to pollution

Heavy smog compelled New Delhi to declare a pollution emergency last week. As air pollution soared to hazardous levels and residents donned masks, …

Sustainability

Colombian rural women are building peace

A coffee farmer from Cauca, Colombia. (Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT)<p>As part of the recent peace accords, Colombia is returning land to the victims of a …

Flee

To improve female labour force participation in Sri Lanka, first change attitudes

Earlier this year in Hatton, I met a group of talented, young adults who had just participated in a social innovation pilot program. They were …

Gender

The Roadmap for Safer Schools—a conversation on making school infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters

Imagine that you are an advisor to your country's Minister of Education. A recent earthquake damaged hundreds of schools in several cities. The …

Education

The tyranny of toilets - reflections on World Toilet Day

In the lead-in to World Toilet Day, we hear a great deal about the role of toilets in sanitation and in better health and human development outcomes. …

Gender

How well does regulation of private schools work in Sub-Saharan Africa?

A growing number of students in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in private primary or secondary schools. The World Development Report …

Education

Philippines: Keeping in step with what employers want

<b>Step up to the Jobs Challenge</b><p>It is said that some employees are hired because of their technical skills, but fired due to their behaviors or …

El Salvador

Attention or information? Why telling Nina’s parents she missed school makes her a better student -- Guest post by Nina Cunha

<i>This is the second in this year’s series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Reminder that submissions close tomorrow at noon.</i><p>When I was in …

Education

What kind of evidence might persuade people to change their minds on refugees?

Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser Ed Cairns reflects on using evidence to influence the treatment of refugees.<p>Who thinks that governments decide what …

Refugees

In Bulgaria, giving Roma children equal opportunity starts with free preschool

In Bulgaria, where just 15 percent of Roma children complete secondary school, Eugenia Volen, 42, knows only too well how hard her job is.<p>In her role …

Education

What if you could step into the world of a Pacific Islander facing #climatechange, and experience their everyday life? ‘Our Home, Our People’, one of our biggest initiatives as part of #COP23, combines traditional Pacific #storytelling and cutting edge Virtual Reality (#VR) storytelling. It will take you into the lives of four extraordinary Fijians, who will welcome you in their lives, showing you what it’s like to fight climate change, and demonstrate the #strength and #resilience of the people of Fiji. Delve even deeper into these stories at http

Vei lomani: Fijians fighting climate change

<b>Vei lomani</b>is a Fijian phrase meaning ‘the act of loving one another’. It’s an expression of utmost significance for many Fijians. Ben Ryan, Fiji’s …

Climate

Energy Resilience Takes on Renewed Urgency

As climate change leads to increasingly severe and frequent devastation around the world, (SIDS) that often find themselves in the eye of the …

Off-grid

Addressing Climate Change: Why Forests Matter

That’s the equivalent of Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States combined.<p>But forests don’t just span an enormous portion of our planet’s …

Climate

Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol Ta Aek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the …

Climate

Refugees’ right to work: Necessary but insufficient for formal employment of refugees

This page in: Français<p>For refugees the right to work and access to labor markets is key for becoming self-reliant, rebuilding their lives and …

Refugees

#Blog4Dev: Creating jobs and renewable energy at the same time

The dramatic decrease in the cost of renewable energy technologies seen in recent years presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our access …

Renewable Energy

Incentivizing collaboration to address childhood stunting

Childhood stunting is one of the most significant impediments to human development and economic growth, affecting approximately 155 million children …

Poverty