We need healthier air for a healthier planet

Air pollution is a multifaceted problem – representing the world’s leading environmental risk to cahealth and costing the globe an estimated $8.1 trillion in 2019 , 6.1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).  

Air pollution is also deadly, causing or contributing to heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases and killing an estimated seven million people every year – with about 95 percent of these deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries. COVID-19 is only making matters worse, with research finding links between air pollution and COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

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WBG Vendor Forum for Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses in North America and Europe

September 14, 2021 | 8:00 am EDT (12:00 pm GMT) | Zoom AFR Vendor Forum Postcard

The World Bank Group (WBG) Corporate Procurement unit will be holding an engaging virtual presentation to help women- and minority-owned businesses in North America and Europe learn how to do business with the WBG, what we purchase, and what we are doing to include women-owned and minority-owned businesses in our own supply chain. Speaker and registration link below.

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WBG Vendor Forum for Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses in North America and Europe

September 14, 2021 | 8:00 am EDT (12:00 pm GMT) | Zoom AFR Vendor Forum Postcard

The World Bank Group (WBG) Corporate Procurement unit will be holding an engaging virtual presentation to help women- and minority-owned businesses in North America and Europe learn how to do business with the WBG, what we purchase, and what we are doing to include women-owned and minority-owned businesses in our own supply chain. Speaker and registration link below.

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Why Kinshasa Could Be in the Vanguard of Megacities’ Climate Resilience

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Transport station in Kinshasa

  • Africa’s largest city, Kinshasa, is making resilience to climate change a top priority.
  • The $500 million Kin Elenda project will improve access to infrastructure and services and socio-economic opportunities for people in Kinshasa.
  • The project will directly benefit 2 million people in four Kinshasa neighborhoods by providing household water connections, reducing exposure to flooding, and developing green urban spaces.

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Going With The Flow: Water’s Role in Global Migration

Water has always influenced where we live. Today, as climate change accelerates the globalfeature-story-image water crisis, the relentless increase in the movement of people around the world requires a considered response to turn crisis into opportunity.

What makes us move

There are more than 1 billion migrants in the world today – and water deficits are linked to 10% of the rise in global migration. The World Bank’s just-released flagship publication on water shows that it is a lack of water, rather than too much, that has a greater impact on migration.  

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Three Paths to Accelerating Digital Access in West and Central Africa

Just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, just over half of the world’s@World Bank/Vincent Tremeau population approximately (51%) had access to the internet compared with just 30% in Western and Central Africa. With the strict lockdown implemented during the pandemic, many services were only available to people across the region through the internet. 

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What is driving COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Sub-Saharan Africa?

As African countries accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines, the issue of vaccine hesitancy looms. Globally, there has been a rise in general vaccine hesitancy but especially towards COVID-19 vaccines. In Africa, hesitancy must be viewed in the context of significant vaccine shortage; hesitancy does not explain fully the low vaccination rates in Africa. The slow vaccine rollout on the continent is  due to supply constraints, structural issues, and logistical barriers. 

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