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How to guarantee water access to reduce inequality in Central America

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Four years ago, Juan Angel Sandoval, a resident of Barrio Buenos Aires in the Honduran municipality of Siguatepeque, received water at home only three times a week. His was not an isolated reality. Most of his neighbors, were in the same situation. "It was annoying because the water was not enough," says Juan Angel.

How can electricity subsidies help combat poverty in Central America?

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School children in Kingston, Jamaica. Strong public financial management affects all facets of government spending, including education. Photo credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant 

Finance ministers, auditors-general, and leaders of professional accounting organizations are meeting Tuesday in Nassau to discuss a topic that is often hidden from view, but is critical to quality of life in the Caribbean: Capacity and standards in public financial management.

How governments manage taxes, borrowing and spending is essential to economic growth, to poverty-reduction, and to ensuring that the region’s poorest can improve their lives. It is a core function of accountability in government. Improvements in this area could increase the health of small and medium-sized enterprises, create jobs, and bring in additional government revenues to spend on essential public services. Residents of Caribbean nations: this strategic dialogue will be about how the government manages your money.

Latin America: Is better technical and technological higher education the answer?

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In the early 1950s, carving out a road in the newly-created Tsavo National Park in Kenya involved “hacking through scrubland,” according to Dame Daphne Sheldrick in her memoir, Love, Life, and Elephants. Founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an organization that rescues orphaned elephants and rhinos, she describes the park landscape as “inhospitable country, covered in an entanglement of dense scrub vegetation infested with tsetse fly...” but “known for its diversity of indigenous species, including fearsome lions, breeding herds of elephants, and thousands of black rhinos.”
Today, the two-lane Mombasa-Nairobi highway (A109) dissects the park to form Tsavo East and Tsavo West. This causes problems for wildlife. Richard Leakey, Chairman of Kenya’s Wildlife Service, says that 18 elephants have been killed from collisions with trucks, and other wildlife become roadkill on a regular basis.

Central America, optimizing the cost of energy through renewables

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Some months ago, during a visit to one of the Central American countries, while we were on a call with the head of the electricity dispatch center, we noticed by the tone of his voice, that he was becoming nervous. Shortly after, background voices could be heard on the line. They were experiencing a crisis and he quickly asked to continue our conversation at another time.

What can satellite imagery tell us about secondary cities? (Part 2/2)

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In 2013, I was confronted by the realization of my country’s situation at a parliamentarian workshop organized by UNICEF where I learned about the different forms of malnutrition that we face. There, I discovered that my country, Cameroon, has an overall stunting prevalence of 32% for children under age five. In other words, one in three children under the age of five is affected. I now know of the devastating effects of malnutrition on the health of families, children and adolescents and consequently on the development of our country. As a parliamentarian, I’ve worked to serve my constituency and set up a community health insurance which helps improve the coverage of vulnerable children and young people. These challenges are our daily reality, but I was surprised to see them highlighted by the President of the World Bank in Washington, DC when I traveled there for the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.  

What can satellite imagery tell us about secondary cities? (Part 1/2)

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As an engineer on large-scale infrastructure PPP projects, I typically get involved after the advisory portion of the transaction is completed. This has given me some valuable insights. For example, I worked on a major airport in the Middle East, where the lessons we learned on the engineering side would greatly benefit similar projects as early as the advisory phase.

Investing in wastewater in Latin America can pay off

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We are all too familiar with these figures: on average, only 50% of the population in Latin America is connected to sewerage and 30% of those households receive any treatment. These figures are not new. The region has been lagging in the levels of wastewater treatment for decades, which is unacceptable considering its high levels of urbanization and income levels.

The region is also not homogenous. There is a large disparity in the levels of treatment per country: we see countries like Chile, which treats 90% of its wastewater, and countries like Costa Rica, which treats approximately 4% of its wastewater.
The Deodoro wastewater treatment plant in Rio the Janeiro, Brazil.

Global Infrastructure Forum maps out route towards delivering sustainable infrastructure

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Image: World Bank

By 2050, two-thirds of all people will live in cities. Each year, 72.8 million more people live in urban areas. That’s the equivalent of a new San Diego appearing every week.
But fast growth, and a high concentration of people and assets, makes cities vulnerable to climate change and disasters. By 2030, climate change alone could force up to 77 million urban residents into poverty.

As we celebrate Earth Day 2018 and continue the fight against climate change, cities are striving to become more sustainable, investing in ways to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change. Achieving resilience is the goal – and the good news is that cities aren’t alone on the team.

Can behavioral change support water conservation? Examples from the US, Colombia and Costa Rica

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Согласно недавно выпущенному отчёту “Статистика внешнего долга» (СВД) за 2016 год, отмечается быстрое увеличение объёмов эмиссии государственных облигаций некоторыми странами, расположенными к югу от Сахары.  К числу таких стран относятся страны, участвующие в программах по снижению бремени задолженности, таких как Инициатива в отношении долга бедных стран с высоким уровнем задолженности (ХИПК) и Многосторонняя иницатива по списанию задолженности (MDRI).

Рисунок 1: Эмиссия государственных и гарантированных государством облигаций в странах Африки, расположенных к югу от Сахары (за исключением Южной Африки) (2011-14)

Из приведённой выше схемы видно, что объёмы эмиссии государственных облигаций в странах Африки, расположенных к югу от Сахары, за последние четыре года существенно выросли. На конец 2011 года было выпущено государственных облигаций на общую сумму в 1 миллиард долларов, в то время как к окончанию 2014 года эта сумма достигла 6,2 миллиардов долларов США. Благодаря стабильности на мировых рынках и перспективам более высокой отдачи для инвесторов удалось расширить доступ к международным рынкам, где средняя доходность по таким облигаций составляет около 6,6 процентов при среднем сроке погашения 10 лет.
Для стран Африки, расположенных к югу от Сахары, доходы, полученные от выпуска этих государственных облигаций, используются в качестве ориентира для эмиссии государственных и корпоративных облигаций в будущем, а также для управления государственным долгом и финансирования инфраструктуры.

The Central Matter: An artistic analysis of Central America's Nini subculture

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На прошлой неделе я и мои коллеги во Всемирном банке с большим переживанием наблюдали за ситуацией на ТЭЦ г. Бишкек, где отказало оборудование и город остался фактически без тепла. Семьи многих наших сотрудников, живущие в квартирах с центральным отоплением, испытали на себе холод и отключения электричества в разгар морозов. И хотя конкретные технические обстоятельства произошедшего всё еще выясняются, очевидно, что основной причиной аварии стал отказ оборудования, которое уже давно отслужило свой положенный срок эксплуатации.

Bishkek Heat and Power Plant