On a spring morning in 2016, Mrs. Dinh Thi Son of the Thai ethnic minority group brought her two month old baby to the Trung Son Hydropower Project construction site for medical services. Why go to a construction site? Because it has a health center that’s fully equipped with medical devices, well stocked with medicines, an ambulance, and doctors and nurses who provide healthcare services 24/7 for workers and local people alike.
In 2007, Mongolia’s economy grew at a double digit pace with modest inflation. The slump of the 1990s must have seemed a distant memory in the last full year before the elections in 2008.
The previous year saw several iconic projects approved, and 2007, the next year in our 25 years in 25 days reflection, did likewise. The Renewable Energy for Rural Access Project (REAP) became effective in 2007 and was ultimately expanded. The project brought a modern solution to a century old problem: how can the benefits of electricity be harnessed to benefit the quarter of Mongolia’s people who are nomadic herders living in gers? Connecting them to the grid was not a solution both because distances are vast and because nomadic people move around. The modern solution was to give the herders access to solar power through a program launched by the Mongolian Government supported by the World Bank and the Government of the Netherlands. “Thanks to the National 100,000 Solar Ger Electrification Program, over half a million men, women and children, covering half the rural population of Mongolia and 70 percent of herders, now have access to modern electricity.” For these 100,000 herder families, the off-grid solar home systems generate enough power for lights, televisions, radios, mobile phone charging and small appliances. (Video here.)
Албан бус орчуулга.2007 онд Монголын эдийн засгийн өсөлт хоёр оронтой тоо руу шилжиж инфляц “даруухан” боллоо.2008 оны сонгуулийн жилийн өмнөх жил болох 2007 онд 1990 оны огцом уналт алс холын дурсамж мэт санагдаж байлаа.
Өмнөх 2006 онд хэд хэдэн чухал төсөл батлагдсан. Сэргээгдэх эрчим хүчийг хөдөөд хүргэх төсөл (REAP) 2007 оноос хэрэгжиж эхэлсэн бөгөөд энэ төсөл сүүлдээ өргөжсөн юм. Төслийн зорилго нь зуун жилийн турш шийдэгдээгүй хуучин асуудлыг орчин үеийн шинэлэг аргаар шийдэхэд оршиж байсан: Монголын хүн амын дөрөвний нэгийг эзэлдэг гэрт амьдардаг нүүдэлчин малчид эрчим хүчний давуу талыг хэрхэн хүртэж болох вэ? Нүүдэлчин малчид үргэлж шилжин нүүдэллэж байдаг, бас бие биесээ алс зайдуу тархай бутархай суудаг, тэдний хувьд эрчим хүчний нэгдсэн сүлжээнд холбогдох нь асуудлын шийдэл биш байлаа. Тэдний хувьд орчин цагийн шийдэл болох нарны эрчим хүчийг ашиглах боломжийг Дэлхийн банк болон Нидерландын Засгийн газрын дэмжлэгтэйгээр Монголын Засгийн газрын хэрэгжүүлсэн сэргээгдэх эрчим хүчний төсөл өгсөн юм. “Үндэсний хэмжээний Буман нарны гэр хөтөлбөрийн ачаар хөдөөгийн хүн амын тал хувь, малчдын 70 хувь нь эрчим хүчтэй боллоо”. Эдгээр 100.000 малчин өрх өд суурилуулсан нарны эрчим хүч үүсгэгч төхөөрөмж нь малчид гэрэлтэй байх, телевиз, радиогоо ажиллуулах, гар утсаа цэнэглэх, ахуйн жижиг цахилгаан хэрэгслүүдээ ажиллуулахад хангалттай хүрэх хэмжээний эрчим хүч үйлдвэрлэж байлаа. (Видеог үзнэ үү)
For many, the connection seems strange at first. What do gas and mining have to do with women’s economic and social empowerment, let alone gender-based violence? The reality is that in many extractive industries areas money from extractives flow predominantly to men. This can lead to adverse results: men have more say over how benefits are used; men have more access to related jobs, and the associated increase in available cash allows them to take second wives (which can in many cases cause violence in the home between wives); some men leave their families for jobs in the industry, while some use cash for alcohol or prostitution.
These changes and stresses – also present when the benefits from mining don’t materialize as expected - can increase the risk of family and sexual violence, especially in fragile countries like Papua New Guinea (PNG).
After 13 years of independence, Timor-Leste has achieved tremendous progress since being ravaged by conflict – drawing down money from the Petroleum Fund and channeling it through the budget to meet pressing development needs. The effectiveness of this process is evident in the near-halving of infant and child mortality rates; a doubling of school enrollment and access to electricity; economic growth surpassing regional neighbors; increasing citizen participation and; the gradual strengthening of state institutions– all culminating in better lives for Timorese today.
Buildings now dot the skyline of Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila, which hosts, among others, the offices of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Who would have thought that this former military camp could be transformed into a bustling economic center in less than ten years? And, with the rise of commercial buildings and residential condominiums following the area’s fast-paced growth, we see a growing demand for electricity that causes stress on the environment and resources.
It is easy to see that data is crucial to the agency’s operations. Sitting down with EDL’s employees and managers—all wearing the agency’s signature blue-shirt uniform with pride—it also becomes apparent that the science of numbers and the art of managing people have gone hand in hand at this agency. This combination has enabled EDL to make organizational learning a central pillar of the agency’s success.
Institutions Taking Root, a recent report of which I’m a co-author, looked at nine successful institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states that share a core set of internal operational strategies.
You can see it in the smiles on the faces of villagers in Ban Nam Jing, two hours outside of Vientiane the capital of Lao PDR. People's lives are improving. In this village of 158 households incomes have increased thanks in part to the 'Power to the People' (P2P) project supported by the World Bank. The program targets the poor, especially female heads of household, with subsidies to pay for electrical connections.
The villagers I met say initially only wealthier families could pay to be connected. Poorer families were left behind unable to afford the cost with their incomes from producing rice, cassava and rubber. Now with lights at night they are also producing handicrafts and textiles to boost their incomes. There are other benefits, with refrigeration people say they can keep food longer, before it used to rot and they would have to eat it quickly. In addition, their children can now study at night and they have TV for entertainment and to learn more about the rest of the world.