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More Effective Aid: Don’t Just Develop Capacity – Unleash It

Tom Grubisich's picture

Las tasas de mortalidad de menores de 5 años han descendido en un 49 % desde 1990, según nuevas estimaciones de la mortalidad infantil (i) y un comunicado dado a conocer hoy. Esta información también se encuentra en el informe Niveles y tendencias en la mortalidad infantil 2014 (i) del Grupo Interinstitucional de las Naciones Unidas sobre Estimaciones de la Mortalidad Infantil (IGME, por sus siglas en inglés). (i) En otras palabras, unos 17 000 niños menores de 5 años menos murieron cada día en 2013 que en 1990.
 
Estas tasas han disminuido a un ritmo más rápido que en cualquier otro momento de la historia durante las últimas dos décadas. En el periodo 1990-95, se registró una reducción de 1,2 % anual en tanto que en el lapso 2005-2013, este porcentaje llegó a 4 %.

Más niños llegan a su quinto cumpleaños
Las  mejoras más notables en la supervivencia infantil desde 1990 se deben a una mejor calidad de la atención de salud y servicios más asequibles, así como también a la expansión de los programas sanitarios dirigidos a los recién nacidos y a los niños más vulnerables.
 
La disminución de un 49 % —de 90 muertes por cada 1000 nacidos vivos en 1990 a 46 muertes en 2013— significa que un bebé nacido hoy en día tiene muchísimas más posibilidades de cumplir 5 años de edad en comparación con uno nacido en 1990.

Se necesitan más avances para conseguir el objetivo de desarrollo del milenio 4
Cuatro de las seis regiones del Grupo del Banco Mundial están en vías de lograr el objetivo de desarrollo del milenio 4 (ODM 4), que consiste en reducir en dos tercios la mortalidad de los niños menores de 5 años a más tardar en 2015. África al sur del Sahara y Asia meridional son dos regiones donde las tasas de disminución siguen siendo insuficientes para alcanzar esta meta a nivel mundial. En 2013, el índice más elevado se registraba en África al sur del Sahara, donde se produjeron 92 muertes por cada 1000 nacidos vivos o 1 de cada 11 niños murió antes de cumplir 5 años.

The Arab Spring, History, and Political Economy

James Bond's picture

In today’s data-saturated, highly visual and networked world, statistics are used by policymakers, researchers and journalists for just about everything. However, a veritable mix of government officials, economists and statisticians work – often against overwhelming odds - to produce data sets that are, paradoxically, often taken for granted, but also used as gospel in policy discussions.

Earlier this week, the World Bank celebrated the first ‘World Statistics Day,’ where the successes, challenges and future directions for collecting and analyzing economic development-related data were discussed.

The statistics discipline in the economic development field has seen some breakthroughs in the recent past.

Princeton University's Angus Deaton, a panelist at the event, pointed to the 2005 round of the largest international data collection exercise in the world, called the International Comparison Program, which collects internationally comparable price levels. This data set is critical for comparing living standards between countries.

Can the Diaspora contribute to the creation of jobs in the Middle East and North Africa?

Sonia Plaza's picture

Recent attention has shifted from analyzing the impact of skilled migration on sending country labor markets to a broader agenda that also considers the channels by which diasporas promotes trade, investment, innovation and technological acquisition. Several developed and developing countries are increasing their ties with their Diasporas to take advantage of these transfers beyond remittances. It will be important to assess what could be the potential of strengthening the linkages with their Diasporas for countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Can these countries tap into their Diasporas as a source and facilitator of innovation, research, technology transfer, trade, investment and skills development?

Nolland and Pack (2007) have analyzed whether Arab-communities in North America and Europe can play a similar role as countries in Asia (China, India, South Korea and Taiwan, China) in revitalizing the Middle East. The authors also indicated that “given the limited extent of manufacturing activity in the Middle East and the lack of equivalents to the Indian Institutes of Technology, it would make difficult to benefit from this option.”

MENA: Economists finding some good news

Alison Schafer's picture
To combat climate change we must leave at least two thirds of all carbon in the ground. This could have significant implications for fossil fuel combustion and supply infrastructure, possibly leading to 'stranded assets'.

Back in March the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) hosted an event here at the World Bank titled ‘Rethinking the Future of Energy’. One of our speakers was Duncan Clark, co-author of a recent book on energy and climate change. I came across Duncan while doing background research on the concept of supply-side constraints to fossil fuel extraction. It seems increasingly clear to me that demand-side climate change mitigation is always likely to be patchy in coverage (both within an economy, and between different countries), costly to implement due to the sheer number of point sources and transactions involved (and therefore regulations and policies required), and too psychologically distant from the real culprit: the fossil fuels we extract from the ground in ever-increasing quantities. Aside from a couple of vague references in the literature, Duncan is the first serious proponent for a supply-side approach to constraining carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that I’ve come across.