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Journée internationale des femmes: bilan des progrès accomplis

Olivier Puech's picture

Depuis la fondation de la Banque en 1944, les femmes ont fait des pas de géant vers l'égalité entre les sexes dans une grande partie du monde. Elles sont entrées le marché du travail en grand nombre, ont obtenu le droit de vote, l'amélioration de leur éducation et de leur état de santé. Certaines ont été nommées ou élues à des postes de chefs de gouvernement ou à la présidence de leur pays.

International Women’s Day: Taking Stock of Progress

Julia Ross's picture

Since the Bank’s founding in 1944, women have made giant leaps toward gender equality in much of the world.  They’ve entered the workforce in huge numbers, gained the right to vote, improved their education and health status, and served as heads of government. On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we’ve created a timeline to commemorate these milestones and inspire women to continue breaking glass ceilings.

Click on the arrow below to see how far we’ve come.

Social media on mobile phones: the future is cloudly, fast and applicable

Jim Rosenberg's picture

This week I’m at the Mobile World Congress, the annual jamboree for some 50,000 people from 200 countries whose livelihoods are focused on the device you probably wake up with, carry everywhere with you, and are more likely to miss than even your misplaced or stolen credit card: your mobile phone. I’m here because more than half of social media activity globally happens via mobile handsets and because if people from Mashable, Twitter, FourSquare and Google are turning up at the same place at the same time, it’s probably worth checking out. 2011 is signaling the full-on dominance of mobile web, internet, and social media in the mobile space.

There’s much to be in awe of here. In just the past 48 hours I’ve played with the 3-D handset on offer from LG, and seen a friend based in Nairobi brandish a $50 Huawei smartphone with Google’s operating system, Android (note that in the U.S., the typical Android handset costs north of $500 without subsidy from a mobile operator).  And for the two billion or so people globally who probably can’t afford even a $50 handset, there was welcome news Monday when a firm called Gemalto announced that it had crafted what I’d call a poor man’s version of Facebook, housed on a SIM card and using SMS to send and receive data between handsets and Facebook servers. This means Facebook, which already reaches 600 million people, will potentially be available to almost anyone on the planet with a mobile device.

Tuning in to Facebook’s global frequency

Jim Rosenberg's picture

Though I work full-time on social media for the World Bank, my career started in public broadcasting. “Radio is the modern version of oral tradition,” a former journalism professor of mine would say, likening radio to the way in which people have communicated for years: using stories, narratives, to connect, to break down complex ideas into concrete pieces. That line resonated with me, summing up the power of radio to connect people using the shared experience of a broadcast.

Radio was – and still is - one of the most intimate forms of media ever created. It comes right into our homes, our cars, our showers (if you are lucky enough to have a shower). I’d wager that in any city in the world, people spend more time with the radio than they do any other form of media.


Unless they’re on Facebook. That’s different. I can’t recall when Facebook started getting more of my time than did the radio. Probably not long after I joined Facebook, in 2007. Four years ago, Facebook had 30 million users.

Rétrospective 2010

Olivier Puech's picture

Il peut se passer beaucoup de choses en un an. En 2010, le monde a poursuivi ses efforts pour sortir de la crise financière et la Banque mondiale a atteint des niveaux records en termes d’engagements et de décaissements. Les pays en développement se sont révélés être des moteurs de la croissance économique. Haïti et le Pakistan ont connu des catastrophes naturelles dévastatrices, et les prix des produits alimentaires ont continué à augmenter.

2010 una mirada atrás

Carlos Ferreyra's picture

Muchas cosas pueden pasar en un año. En 2010, el Banco alcanzó niveles récord de compromisos y desembolsos de recursos al tiempo que el mundo seguía tratando de salir de la crisis financiera. Los países en desarrollo emergieron como los motores del crecimiento económico, Haití y Pakistán sufrieron devastadores desastres naturales y los precios de los alimentos siguieron su tendencia al alza.

Key takeaways from the Aid Info Challenge

Livia Barton's picture

We recently hosted the Aid Information Challenge in cooperation with Development Gateway. This event brought together over 100 participants to work on visualizing aid information and data. The morning started with inspiring talks by Aleem Walji of the World Bank’s Innovation department and our keynote speaker, Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs.

Below is a clip from Clay's keynote where he explains that "the next step for this field is not just to open the data, but to put it into context for people...not just so that the World Bank can make better decisions in Uganda and we can save some children, but also so that we can get people in the long run to make better decisions, personal decisions."