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Malaysia launches the world’s first green Islamic bond

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The green sukuk, or Islamic bond, is a big step forward to fill gaps in green financing. Proceeds are used to fund environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects such as solar farms in Malaysia.
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In China, a South-South Exchange Helps Countries Yearning for Clean and Efficient Heating Learn from Each Other

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Places with cold climates need access to a reliable and efficient heat supply for the health of their population. But in developing countries, the majority of rural and peri-urban households do not have access to centralized heating or gas networks. Instead, they use traditional heating stoves that use solid fuels like coal, wood, and dung for heating. These stoves are often inefficient (with thermal efficiency as low as 25%-40% compared to 70% or above for efficient stoves) and emit large amounts of pollutants (e.g., CO and PM2.5), causing indoor and outdoor air pollution with negative health and environmental impacts.

Cheers, NZ: How New Zealand and the World Bank are changing lives in the Pacific

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New Zealand has a long history of supporting its close neighbors in the Pacific, both in times of disaster and emergencies, and to help improve the lives of many thousands across the region.

On Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, we take a look at three key World Bank projects in the Pacific, and how New Zealand’s support has been integral to making them happen.

Myanmar has set a path to a bright energy future by 2030

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Photo © :  Hong Sar/ World Bank.

Kyaw San has trouble studying at night. The student from Yangon Division’s Buu Tar Suu village finds it especially difficult during the rainy season when his old solar-powered lamps cannot be charged, forcing him to study by candlelight. 
Win Win Nwe, a grade 5 student, also often prepares for exams by candlelight. Her family can’t always afford to buy candles, adding another obstacle to an activity many take for granted. “If we can afford candles, we buy them. If we can’t, we don’t. We struggle and do our best,” said her father Kyi Htwe.

Today, two-thirds of Myanmar’s population is not connected to the national electricity grid and 84% of rural households lack access to electricity. No power means no light, no refrigerators, no recharging phones and batteries. Small businesses can’t stay open in the evenings, and clinics cannot refrigerate medicines. Access to reliable and affordable energy is essential for a country’s development, job creation, poverty reduction and shared prosperity goals.

Steak, fries and air pollution

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While most people link air pollution only to burning fossil fuels, other activities such as agriculture and biomass burning also contribute to it. The complexity of air pollution can be explained by analyzing the composition of the PM2.5, one the most important air pollution indicators. 

Việt Nam: Thắp sáng cuộc sống người dân nhờ lồng ghép y tế vào dự án thủy điện

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Việt Nam: Dự án khỏe mạnh là dự án tươi sáng

Một sớm mùa xuân năm 2016, bà Đinh Thị Son, người dân tộc Thái, đưa cháu bé 2 tháng tuổi tới công trường xây dựng của dự án thủy điện Trung Sơn để… khám bệnh. Tại sao lại đến công trường xây dưng? Bởi vì ở đó có một trung tâm y tế với đầy đủ trang thiết bị, thuốc men, xe cấp cứu, bác sĩ và điều dưỡng trực 24/7 để khám, chữa bệnh cho công nhân và người dân địa phương.

Vietnam: Brightening people’s lives through integrated healthcare in a hydropower project

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Vietnam: A Healthier Project Is a Brighter Project

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.

2007: Sunshine works: Solar gers and transparency

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Also available in: Mongolian

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.) 

2007: Нарны гэрэл түгсээр: Нарны зайн гэр болон ил тод байдал

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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)


The gas and mining industries take on gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea

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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).