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Second-generation capacity development: A story of Malaysia-Laos knowledge exchange on reforming civil service

Jana Kunicova's picture

What do you imagine when you hear the words “capacity development”? Most development professionals associate capacity development with training, seminars and perhaps study tours.  Most of the countries the World Bank works in require a significant boost in their capability to implement policies, programs and projects, especially in countries supported by the Bank’s fund to the poorest, International Development Association (IDA).

For training to be sustainable and have high impact, it should be targeted to a particular public sector problem, and coupled with initiatives to improve organizational and institutional capacity. 

How do we achieve sustained growth? Through human capital, and East Asia and the Pacific proves it

Michael Crawford's picture
Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank


In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the  average person had less than half that amount. Around this time, countries in  the EAP  region put themselves on a path that focused on growth  driven by human capital. They made significant and steady investments in  schooling to close the educational attainment gap with the rest of the world. While  improving their school systems, they also put their human capital to work in  labor markets. As a result, economic growth has been stellar: for four decades  EAP has grown at roughly twice the pace of the global average. What is more, no  slowdown is in sight for rising prosperity.

High economic growth and strong human capital accumulation  are deeply intertwined. In a recent paper, Daron Acemoglu and David Autor explore  the way skills and labor markets interact: Human capital is the central  determinant of economic growth and is the main—and very likely the only—means  to achieve shared growth when technology is changing quickly and raising the  demand for skills. Skills promote productivity and growth, but if there are not  enough skilled workers, growth soon chokes off. If, by contrast, skills are abundant and  average skill-levels keep rising, technological change can drive productivity  and growth without stoking inequality.

Water Access in the Philippines: Fixing the Institutions that Fix the Pipes

Aileen Castro's picture
Photo: NorthEyes Production/World Bank

As we celebrate World Water Day, I find myself thinking about my work and one central question: how do you reach 8 million Filipinos with no access to clean water? I remember growing up in Pampanga, a province north of Manila, and visiting my aunt’s house every weekend where I had to pump water from a deep well and carry buckets so we could water plants, wash clothes, and clean the backyard pig pen. Fortunately, these days there’s always water from the faucet so we don’t work as hard to do chores.

But the story isn’t the same for everyone. While our local water utility largely improved its services over the years, I can’t say the same for the rest of the country, especially in rural areas. While there are already over 4,700 water utilities in the Philippines, about half are very small and unregulated.

中国经济改革与外国专家的作用

Abhas Jha's picture
Also available in: English
1985年9 月举行的“巴山轮会议”与会代表合影
图片:©世界银行

我是个研究政策的书呆子,整个职业生涯(先在印度政府任职,后来到世界银行工作)都在密切关注政策选择是如何做出的,政治进程是如何演进的,机构和个人如何从各自的动机出发,为赞成或反对某种变革而结盟。我在中国工作了将近8年,和我的许多前辈一样,我深深爱上了这个美丽的国家及其人民,爱上了它博大深厚的文明,同时也不断地惊异于中国的变化速度之快、规模和能量之大,这种巨变使8亿多中国人摆脱了贫困。
 
我刚刚读完一部名为《不可能的合作伙伴:中国改革者、西方经济学家和使中国走向全球》(Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China)的著作,在某种意义上,这本书将我专业工作的两部分合二而一。

China, economic reform and the role of foreign experts

Abhas Jha's picture
Also available in: 中文
Group photos of the participants of the 1985 Bashan river cruise conference
Photo: copyright © / World Bank

I am a policy wonk. I have spent my entire professional career (first in the Government of India and then in the World Bank) watching up close how policy choices are made, how political processes play out and on how institutions and people form coalitions for or against any change based on their incentives. I have also worked in China for close to 8 years, and like so many before me, have fallen in love with the beautiful country, its people and civilizational depth and continue to be amazed at the sheer pace, scale and energy of the massive changes the country has undergone, lifting more than 800 million of its citizens out of poverty.
 
I just finished reading a majestic book entitled “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and the Making of Global China” that, in a sense, brings the two parts of my professional work together.

Listening to women while planning for development: Real life experience from China

Aimin Hao's picture
Also available in: 中文
“Women hold up half of the sky,” Chairman Mao said. So when it comes to development, it is important to listen to women – who generally make up half of our beneficiaries – and understand their views, preferences and needs. As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, I’m sharing some of my experience helping to increase gender awareness in World Bank-supported projects in China.

When we designed activities for the Ningbo Sustainable Urbanization Project, we carried out consultations with groups of men and women to make sure the proposed public transport system benefitted both equally. It was interesting to find that most men wanted wider roads with higher speed, while women cared more about the location of bus stops and adequate lighting on the bus.. Thanks to these consultations, we adjusted the locations of bus stops to be closer to the entrance of residential communities and reduce walking distance for bus riders. In response to the light request, we made sure that new buses purchased for the project had sufficient lighting for night use.
Conducting consultation with local women in Qianhuang village, Ningo, China.

在设计发展项目的同时倾听妇女心声:来自中国的真实体验

Aimin Hao's picture
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毛主席曾指出:“妇女能顶半边天“。具体到设计发展项目而言,重要的是要倾听妇女心声,了解其意见、偏好和需求, 因为我们力求妇女占世行贷款项目受益人的半数 。 鉴于本周我们庆祝国际妇女节,我谨分享我帮助提升世行对华贷款项目下性别意识方面的部分经验。

当初在设计宁波可持续城镇化项目有关活动过程中,我们 与多个男性和女性小组开展了磋商,目的在于确保拟建公共交通系统平等惠及男女两性。有趣的是,我们发现,男性大多希望修建速度更快、路面更宽的道路,而女性则更多关注公交车站点位置和车上配有足够的照明设施……。得益于此类磋商,我们调整了站点位置,使其距居民小区入口处更近,减少乘客步行距离。我们确保了本项目下新购车辆配有足够的夜间用照明设施。
项目组成员与宁波市宁海县前黄村村民交谈

Lens on Lao Species: World Wildlife Day 2017

George Stirrett's picture
Lao PDR’s forests are home to incredible and diverse flora and fauna.  One of the areas with a high concentration of biodiversity and endangered native species is the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area in Luang Prabang, which borders Houaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces.

Located in the northern area of the country, it is the second largest protected area in Lao PDR, and co-managed by the provincial offices of forest resources conservation and local communities.

Since 2013, the World Bank has supported this area with an $800,000 grant under the Nam Et Phou Louey Tiger Landscape Conservation project. Together with the Wildlife Conservation Society, our implementing partner, the project promotes the use of sustainable natural resources and the protection of species threatened by human interaction.

互操作性与普惠金融:监管机构的作用

Kate Lauer's picture
版本:English

支付互操作性使不同的支付基础设施和金融服务提供商能够实现客户之间的支付。同时,互操作性扩大了交易账户和零售支付工具的覆盖范围,使其对终端用户更有用。支付本身是一种重要的金融服务,但如果是从交易账户进行的,则会成为交付其他数字化金融服务的重要门户,比如,储蓄、信贷、保险乃至投资产品。数字化交易平台使转账、价值储存和附加服务成为可能,已经有越来越多的银行、非银行机构,甚至是具有复杂合作伙伴关系的零售网络和移动网络运营商(MNO)等非金融机构在提供这样的平台,可专门针对在金融方面被排除和缺少服务的人群。通过可数字化访问的交易账户交付其他金融服务意味着,利用互操作性扩大覆盖范围对那些被排除或缺少服务的人群更有意义。
摄影:Evariste Bagambiki, 2016CGAP摄影大赛作品

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