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On shaky ground: Housing in Europe and Central Asia

Ashna Mathema's picture
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The social, political, and economic transition of countries across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia over the last three decades has been a long and arduous process, and many challenges remain. Among them, an imminent concern is the seismic threat faced by certain housing typologies that are believed to have outlived their design lifespan, and suffer from serious deterioration and disinvestment.

Romanian migrants can make a difference back home

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Beautiful, newly-erected houses in an otherwise deserted place. There couldn’t be a better image for the effects of Romanian emigration, which the World Bank has analyzed in a recently published report.

If you are wondering who owns the ghost houses, you only have to look at the sheer number of Romanians living and working abroad - between 3 and 5 million according to some estimates or 3.6 million, according to the UN (2017). Of these, 2.7 million are of working age, equivalent to a staggering 20.6 percent of Romania’s working age population!

Romania needs to continue to reform and perform

Tatiana Proskuryakova's picture
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When I visited Iasi, in October 2017, the World Bank had just started preparing its Systematic Country Diagnostic for Romania (SCD) – a comprehensive economic analysis we produce every 4-5 years, designed to give us a better understanding of both the main challenges faced by a country and the pathways towards more sustainable growth.

In Iasi, as in many other Romanian cities, I heard firsthand what I had been experiencing since first coming to the country four months earlier: Romania has a diverse set of challenges and a unique pathway towards development – from better roads, to stronger institutions, and an improved business climate.

România trebuie să continue să reformeze şi să performeze

Tatiana Proskuryakova's picture
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Când am vizitat municipiul Iaşi, în octombrie 2017, Banca Mondială tocmai începuse să-şi pregătească Diagnosticul Sistematic de Ţară (DST) – o analiză economică cuprinzătoare pe care o realizăm la fiecare 4-5 ani, care este menită să ne ajute să înţelegem mai bine atât principalele provocări cu care se confruntă o ţară, cât şi calea de urmat spre o creştere mai sustenabilă. 

Calea către o Românie mai prosperă şi mai incluzivă

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Dacă facem un tur al României, vom putea identifica două țări: de o parte, o țară urbană, dinamică și integrată în UE și, de cealaltă parte, o țară rurală, săracă și izolată. București este o metropolă plină de viață, cu servicii moderne înfloritoare și cu un venit pe cap de locuitor situat peste media din Uniunea Europeană.

Towards a more prosperous and inclusive Romania

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Driving around Romania, one sees two countries: one urban, dynamic, and integrated with the EU; the other rural, poor and isolated. Bucharest is a bustling metropolis with thriving modern services and a higher income per capita than the average for the European Union. 

Celebrating 85 years of Civil Protection in Romania to thank those who save lives, alleviate suffering and protect livelihoods

Tatiana Proskuryakova's picture
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Romania recently celebrated 85 years of civil protection. In our day-to-day lives, we rarely pause to think of the decisive role played by civil protection agencies. But as soon as disaster strikes, these dedicated men and women lead efforts to save lives, protect livelihoods, and alleviate suffering. Your rescuer of the day may be a police officer directing evacuation, a volunteer providing first aid and shelter, a paramedic treating injuries, a weather forecaster providing timely advisories, or a local official coordinating actions. In other words, a well-functioning civil protection system is a diverse ecosystem of people and agencies - all with a clear and valuable role to play.

This was not always the case.

Sărbătorim 85 de ani de Protecţie Civilă în România, pentru a mulţumi celor care salvează şi protejează vieţi, şi uşurează suferinţa

Tatiana Proskuryakova's picture
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România a sărbătorit recent 85 ani de protecţie civilă. În viaţa de zi cu zi, rareori ne oprim pentru a reflecta asupra rolului decisiv jucat de agențiile de protecţie civilă. Dar imediat ce se produce un dezastru, aceşti oameni dedicaţi se află în fruntea eforturilor de salvare de vieţi omeneşti, de protecţie şi de uşurare a suferinţei. Salvatorul zilei poate fi un ofițer de poliţie care coordonează operaţiunile de evacuare sau voluntari care oferă prim ajutor şi adăpost, paramedici care îngrijesc rănile, meteorologii care oferă la timp informaţii despre fenomenele meteo sau autorităţile locale care coordonează diverse operaţiuni de salvare. Cu alte cuvinte, un sistem de protecţie civilă bine pus la punct reprezintă de fapt un ecosistem divers ce reuneşte oameni şi instituţii şi care joacă un rol foarte important.

E-justice: does electronic court reporting improve court performance?

Georgia Harley's picture
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More and more courts are going digital. But does this improve judicial performance?
 
Legal literature on ‘e-justice’ seems to think so. So too does the World Development Report, ‘Digital Dividends,’ which highlights the potential for ICT to improve the transparency and quality of government service delivery.
 
As electronic court reporting is one key aspect of this trend, we want to take the opportunity to look at the pros and cons of improving judicial performance in different contexts.

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