The World Bank is the largest international funder of education.
Education is one of the most important tools young people need to get good jobs. That’s why the Bank works with national governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and other partners in developing countries to ensure everyone has access to education.
The World Bank is a leader in the fight against corruption worldwide.
Corruption is like cancer for a society. It especially affects young people who are looking for education, jobs, and better opportunities to grow. Since 1996, the Bank has launched hundreds of anti-corruption programs in more than 100 countries. For example, last year 250 young people met at the third Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum to talk about how their use of social media can play a significant role in the global fight against corruption.
The World Bank is one of the largest international funders of biodiversity projects.
The Bank has a conservation portfolio of 245 projects worth more than a billion dollars in the past 10 years. These projects have been undertaken in 74 countries with the majority in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge.
The Bank does research about the challenges that its 188 member countries face. And it makes that research public to encourage innovation to tackle those challenges. Anyone with access to the Internet can use the Bank’s knowledge to address problems of poor people. I encourage you to explore the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository.
The World Bank engages with more than 1 million people.
Increasingly, the Bank has realized that it’s imperative to engage and respond to people. In addition to conferences, seminars, and meetings, we use social media to engage, inform, and respond to people. Our social media audience is from more than 100 countries. We engage with more than a million people via social media; 80% of them are from developing countries, and their typical age is 24. Last year, we asked our global audience “What will it take to end poverty?” Thousands of youth like you responded, saying “it takes” working together, ending corruption, promoting education, and many other ideas. Check out this video to find out more about your responses and follow the Twitter hashtag #endpoverty.
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