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April 2009

New Look, better blog!

Aaron Leonard's picture

You may have noticed we received a face lift.  Well, it’s not just the DM Blog, it’s the entire World Bank (WB) Blog Community.  WB blogs are going to soon all be part of the World Bank Blog “Planet” (fitting name, don’t you think?) is a planet site that aggregates content from all the WB blogs into one space.  This will make it easier to find and subscribe to more content on the topics that interest you the most.  I was just looking at the new planet and found this post on Innovative Adaptation by Rosina Bierbaum – a great topic considering the focus of the DM this year. 

I’d like your feedback on all of this.  What do you think about the new DM Blog?  Anything you like in particular?  What would make it better? What about the planet site? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

- Aaron

Biso na Biso Live on Air!

Scott Poynton's picture

It's been a long time coming but Biso na Biso, the first ever indigenous language community radio station in the Congo Basin, is now live on air.

The project, funded with generous support from the WB Development Marketplace (2005), Congolaise Industrielle des Bois, TFT and the Chirac Foundation, aims to give indigenous people and local communities a voice in forest management decision-making that impacts their livelihoods. The project is a unique collaboration between indigenous communities, a large forest concession company (CIB), Dr Jerome Lewis from University College London, Globecom (a South African radio specialist) and TFT. (Photo by Jérôme Lewis.)

You can listen to some of the initial broadcasts at TFT's 'In Conversation' Podcast site

Conflict, Displacement, and pro-poor Adaptation

Rasmus Heltberg's picture

Migration is the default adaptation strategy of the poor.

Rising sea levels, more frequent flooding, and droughts could displace millions of people by the middle of the century. And if the predictions of sharply declining agricultural productivity come true, farmers will to an increasing extent abandon rural areas in search of new livelihoods.  

2009 DELL Global Small Business Excellence Award - Proposals Due Tomorrow!

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The 2009 DELL Small Business Excellence Award ( offers small businesses in 13 countries the chance to win $50,000 in technology solutions.  The award, sponsored by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)and Endeavor, gives small businesses applying technology in innovative ways to better serve customers a chance at up to $50,000 in Dell solutions and a meeting wit