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“The earth is green and beautiful. But we still have to cook dinner”

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Because of water’s multidimensional role in economic development and poverty reduction, addressing the constraints that women and girls face in accessing and managing water is essential for achieving impact. 

Challenges of gender inequality in water include:
  • Women are disproportionately underrepresented in water sector decision making at many levels.
  • Women and girls are often charged with domestic water collection, disadvantaging other spheres of life, such as education.
  • Men benefit disproportionally from economic opportunities generated by the capital-intensive nature of water development and management.
  • Women and girls have specific sanitation needs, both for managing menstruation and for protection against gender-based violence. 

​Remittance Markets: More court cases and higher costs due to Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Regulations

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The success of the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA) drew a crowd here in Hyderabad at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting. This effort by the government of Brazil – supported by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, WWF, and the German Development Bank (KfW) – is protecting almost 60 million hectares of rainforest, an area roughly the size of France and Belgium combined.

Speakers from the governments of Brazil and Germany, as well as from the GEF and foundations, all agreed that ARPA’s results are impressive: Between 2004 and 2006, ARPA accounted for 37 percent of Brazil’s substantial decrease in deforestation, and the program’s first 13 new protected areas will save more than 430 million tons of CO2 emissions through 2050.

Who will add value in Africa? Who will cure? Who will build?

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Hace cuatro años el Grupo del Banco Mundial abrió sus datos al público esperando que los innovadores encontraran nuevas maneras de usar esa información. Al mismo tiempo, un número creciente de Gobiernos también ponía a disposición sus datos, para fomentar la rendición de cuentas y la actividad económica. Hoy en día, ha surgido el empresariado de datos de libre acceso. Solo en Estados Unidos existen cerca de 500 empresas que utilizan datos abiertos en sus negocios, y están emergiendo firmas similares en todo el mundo, incluso en países con datos limitados y mucho más en aquellos que tienen datos de libre acceso.

Hasta ahora, este sector es pequeño, pero promete llevar a un nuevo nivel la entrega de información útil. En Estados Unidos, por ejemplo, estas empresas están usando datos de los servicios públicos para promover la eficiencia energética; de la educación para ayudar a encontrar mejores escuelas, o de la salud para que las personas puedan verificar sus síntomas y concertar citas médicas. Un estudio de 2013 de McKinsey & Company calcula que los datos de libre acceso podrían ayudar a generar más de US$3 billones al año (i) en valor adicional para la economía mundial.

Powering up Africa’s Renewable Energy Revolution

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On the road from Yerevan to Tbilisi
On the road from Yerevan to Tbilisi
I recently spent three days in Yerevan on a mission to learn a bit more about Armenia’s overall development challenges for a World Bank study on “Connectivity”, before heading off to Tbilisi, Georgia and Baku, Azerbaijan to do the same.

It was my first time visiting Armenia, so it was a fascinating trip and I learned a tremendous amount about the country and its people.

Of course, in three days one can only get a small sample of the major issues that challenge development, rather than a rich flavor for the deep subtleties that represent the people or factors that drive the economy. But, given my basic knowledge of the country, the new information I gained was a tremendous leap forward.

Africa’s big gender gap in agriculture #AfricaBigIdeas

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Over 1.25 million people are killed each year on the road. And 20-50 million others are seriously impacted by road traffic injuries. While most regions have seen a decrease in road-traffic related death rates, Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa still see over 20 deaths per 100,000 people every year.

A new report produced by the World Bank and funded by Bloomberg Philantrophies estimates the social and economic benefits of reducing road traffic injuries in low- and middle-income countries​.

Learning from your peers: A lesson from Uganda and Senegal

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Note: This is the second blog of a series of blog posts on data availability within the context of TCdata360, wherein each post will focus on a different aspect of data availability. The first blog post can be viewed here.

With open data comes missing data. In this blog series, we hope to explore data availability by looking at it from various perspectives within the context of the TCdata360 platform[1]: by country, dataset, topic, and indicator.

In our previous blog post, we took a look at the country-level data availability over time through an interactive motion bubble plot inspired by the famous Gapminder visualization. In this follow-up post, we’ll still look at data availability from a geographical lens – but now looking into country classifications and other details that aren’t evident in a bubble plot, as well as the data availability leaders and laggers over time.

Overall Data Availability Leaders and Laggers

First, let’s focus on comparing individual countries to get a better sense of country-level differences in data availability. We computed for each country’s overall data availability by taking the median data availability across all years (1955-2016). Looking at the top 20 and bottom 20 countries in terms of overall data availability generates a few interesting patterns.

Setting the Example for Cooperative Management of Transboundary Water Resources in West Africa

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your perspective on mobiles depends on your point of viewThis week we are looking at two sets of new reports that provide insights into the area of 'mobile learning' -- especially the use of handheld devices like mobile phones to help meet a variety of educational objectives. Earlier this week we devoted a post to twelve new reports from UNESCO that provide a broad overview of what is happening in different regions of the world in this area. Shaping the Future – Realizing the potential of informal learning through mobile [pdf], which was released at last week's eLearning Africa event in Benin, provides a nice complement to the UNESCO working paper series.  Whereas the UNESCO reports collectively provide some very useful insights on the supply side, surveying notable 'm-learning' programs currently underway around the world, Shaping the Future examines the demand side of the equation:

"In late 2011, researchers went into four very different emerging markets – Ghana, Morocco, India and Uganda – and asked 1,200 people (aged 15-24) about their day-to-day lives, their ambitions, their education, the way they use mobile now and how mobile could help them achieve their aspirations in the future. At the same time, over 250 young people from those countries took part in detailed focus group discussions where, with great generosity, they shared their hopes, worries and beliefs with us."

Big vs. small firms: one size does not fit all

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التغطية الصحية الشاملة تعني أن جميع الناس يستطيعون الحصول على الخدمات الصحية التي يحتاجونها دون معاناة مالية. ويلخص تقرير جديد أصدره البنك الدولي ومنظمة الصحة العالمية إلى أن النفقات الصحية تدفع نحو 100 مليون شخص سنويا إلى "فقر مدقع"، والذين يعيشون على 1.90 دولار أو أقل في اليوم؛ وحوالي 180 مليون شخص سنويا الى حالة الفقر باستخدام عتبة قدرها 3.10 دولار في اليوم.

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