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From Nairobi to Manila, mobile phones are changing the lives of bus riders

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Lynne Sherburne-Benz, World Bank Senior Regional Advisor for Africa, exchanges with young beneficiaries of the Madagascar Social Safety Net Project.

I first visited Madagascar in 1985 as a student doing research with FOFIFA, Madagascar’s national center for agricultural research. I was fortunate to be able to come back in the early 1990s as a task team leader for a project funded by the World Bank, at a time when the Bank was restructuring its projects to respond to drought in southern Madagascar. Over two decades later, here I am again in the South of this beautiful country, which is suffering again from drought and continues to be counted among the poorest countries in the world.

Is public procurement a rich country’s policy?

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Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank

How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public procurement be used as a policy tool to make markets more competitive, and thus improve the quality of government services? Can it be used to induce innovation in firms? Can it also be a significant way to reduce corruption?

From immersion, to empathy, to action: is VR a game-changer for communicating development?

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También disponible en: Inglés

En los países de ingreso alto, los resultados del aprendizaje han mejorado gracias a un tipo de intervención que aumenta la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas y que consiste en el uso de las calificaciones obtenidas en las pruebas por los estudiantes. En un blog (i) anterior, mencioné algunos ejemplos de sistemas de rendición de cuentas que incluyen “exámenes estandarizados”, como la ley “No Child Left Behind” (Que ningún niño se quede atrás). Este tipo de pruebas tiene importantes consecuencias para quien toma el examen, la escuela o las autoridades escolares. Aporta importantes beneficios si se pasa la prueba, como por ejemplo obtener un diploma, recibir recursos adicionales para la escuela, o conseguir una mención positiva. Algunas de estas intervenciones también usan el mecanismo de la “denuncia pública” (i) de las autoridades escolares, tal como se hace en Inglaterra.
También existen evidencias que indican que el solo hecho de proporcionar información sobre los resultados de los exámenes puede dar lugar a mejoras. Este es el caso de los sistemas que dan libertad a los padres de elegir la escuela, como en los Países Bajos. (i)

The logical next step toward gender equality: Generating evidence on what works

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Mis en œuvre de 2011 à 2015 à Hanoï, Thai Nguyen, Quang Binh et Ho Chi Minh Ville, au Viet Nam, le Projet intergénérationnel d’éducation des enfants sourds (IDEO) a permis de préparer 255 enfants sourds de moins de six ans à une scolarité formelle, grâce à l’apprentissage de la langue des signes. Faisant appel à une approche novatrice, le projet constitue des « équipes de soutien familial » composée d’un tuteur également malentendant, d’un interprète en langue des signes et d’un enseignant entendant, dans le but d’enseigner la langue des signes aux enfants chez eux, avec leur famille. Découvrons l’histoire de ces deux mères, qui nous racontent ce qu’elles ont dû faire pour aider leur enfant sourd à s’exprimer par signes. 
Phuong Ha, Khoi Nguyen et sa petite sœur racontent une histoire en langue des signes lors
d’une manifestation organisée par la communauté des sourds de Hanoï. Photo : IDEO

Combating poverty and building resilience through social protection

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Beneficiaries from a safety net program in Madagascar, most of them women, receive regular cash grants and training on nutrition, early childhood development and leadership skills. Photo by: Mohamad Al-Arief / World Bank

In the last few decades, we have seen an increase in the number of countries investing in social protection programs. These programs help individuals and families especially the poor and vulnerable cope with crises and shocks, invest in the health and education of their children, supporting young people by developing their skills and finding jobs, and protecting the aging population.

Philippines pioneers approach to monitor and evaluate the national financial inclusion strategy

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National financial inclusion targets, better data availability, and transformative business models to provide financial services are helping to accelerate financial inclusion across the globe and in Asia – where more than a billion of unbanked people live.

Countries set national financial inclusion goals to increase the pace and impact of reforms. For this to be effective, it’s critical to have in place a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to track progress, identify obstacles, and demonstrate success.  However, it’s often difficult to evaluate and track the extent and quality of the national financial inclusion strategy implementation, and to aggregate the results of multiple actions at the national level.

The Philippines has adopted a fresh approach to this challenge by designing a comprehensive M&E system that will report on headline and national-level indicators, as well as track progress of the regional and program-level performance indicators.

The Philippines is one of the 25 countries that are part of the World Bank Group’s Universal Financial Access 2020 initiative, whose goal is to provide access to a transaction account to the 2 billion unbanked people worldwide.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Philippines improved access to bank accounts by 4 percentage points. This resulted in some 2.7 million adults gaining access to formal financial services. Potential demand is significant, considering that an estimated 10 million Filipinos keep savings outside of the formal financial system.

3 ways countries can improve water supplies in small towns

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Экономические беды России продолжаются: в первой половине 2015 года рецессия углубилась и сильно отразилась на жизни россиян.  Экономика при этом продолжала приспосабливаться к резкому изменению условий внешней торговли в 2014 году, когда цены на нефть в течение нескольких месяцев упали больше чем вдвое.  Кроме того, инвестиционный спрос в стране сокращается третий год подряд.

Неопределенность экономической политики, обусловленная непредсказуемостью геополитической ситуации и сохраняющимися санкциями, привела к стремительному сокращению частных инвестиций на фоне роста стоимости привлечения капитала и сжатия потребительского спроса.   

Рекордное падение потребительского спроса объяснялось резким сокращением реальных зарплат, которые за первое полугодие 2015 года упали в среднем на 8,5%, наглядно демонстрируя глубину рецессии.  Сокращение реальных доходов привело к значительному повышению уровня бедности и усугубило уязвимость домохозяйств, относящихся к беднейшим 40% населения по шкале распределения доходов.

Итак, если цены на нефть останутся низкими, как Россия сможет выйти из рецессии?

Can social protection play a role in reducing childhood violence?

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Photo: Scott Wallace / World Bank

As many as one billion children under the age of 18 experience some form of violence every year. This exposure is not only a violation of child rights; it can also hamper children’s cognitive development, mental health, educational achievement, and long-term labor market prospects.

Meanwhile, an estimated 1.9 billion people in 136 countries benefit from some type of social safety net, such as cash transfers and public works that target the poor and vulnerable—presenting a vast policy instrument with potential to help prevent childhood violence.

Renewables, solar, and large size projects trending in new data on private participation in infrastructure

Clive Harris's picture

El tabaco es sin duda uno  de los riesgos  más importantes para la salud pública que nos toca enfrentar. A partir de la publicación del emblemático Informe del Cirujano General de Estados Unidos de 1964 acerca de los daños a la salud atribuibles al consumo de tabaco que proporcionó la evidencia que relacionaba al tabaquismo con enfermedades de casi todos los órganos del cuerpo (véase el gráfico abajo), la comunidad internacional comenzó lentamente a darse cuenta que la larga epidemia del hábito de fumar cigarrillos estaba causando una enorme catástrofe en materia de salud pública en todo el mundo, y que esta se podía prevenir.