Feeling Ambivalent on International Women’s Day

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I was at a UN WOMEN side event in NYC whenchart_image my phone started buzzing with well wishes for a happy women’s day from my friends in Asia, filling me with — ambivalence. To be honest, the day always leaves me with mixed feelings: despite the great strides that the world has made in women’s rights in various ways, for me, it’s also a reminder of how so many women still don’t enjoy our basic human rights.

As we’ve returned from women’s day to what in many ways is still a man’s world, I wanted to share three thoughts about the intersection of women’s rights with our data world today.

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Gender equality: Unleashing the real wealth of nations

Last week, we launched the Women, Business, and the Law report, which found that annettedespite the considerable progress that many countries have made in improving women’s legal rights over the last decade, women are still only accorded 75 percent of the legal rights that men, on average, are given. As a result, they are less able to get jobs, start businesses and make economic decisions, with economic consequences that reverberate beyond their families and communities.

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The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and sustainable_communities_v2-200-lowmatured.  From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes.

Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to be done to ensure that DRM efforts respond to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls.  In no small part due to gender inequalities, women are both more vulnerable to natural hazards and less likely to benefit from relief and recovery efforts than men.

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Every day is Women’s Day for IDA

At the World Bank, we believe no country, community, or economy can achieve its afghanistan-school-gender-girls.jpg potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys. This is particularly true in developing countries supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank that supports the poorest countries.

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Recap: Compliance Event

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the World Bank Group held a joint event on

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Compliance and Integrity on February 1st, 2019 in The Hague. The event focused on taking a practical approach and shedding some light on specific issues and questions. The World Bank explained the major do’s and don’ts when working with the Bank and what it means to be under investigation.

The event was well attended and well received by the audience which comprised mainly of the Dutch private sector. The insights and openness of the participants helped the audience understand the issues that arise and more importantly how to proceed in those cases.

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Introducing the new representative at the Inter-American Development Bank: Bjorn Kuil

On August 1st Bjorn Kuil started as Senior Counselor at the Board of the Inter-American bjorn kuilDevelopment Bank, having previously held the position of senior policy officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since October 2013.  “Throughout my career in the public and private sector I’ve come to realize that finance can leverage relationships, mitigate risks, and plays an important catalytic role. It has become my mission working towards sustainable, inclusive economic development as this is an indispensable part of efforts to combat poverty and improve global living conditions in line with the Sustainable Development Agenda. When looking at all the challenges facing the world, including inequality, population migration, and climate change, there is a clear role for development finance in nearly all of them.”

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Sint Maarten launches recovery project opportunities website

In 2017 Sint Maarten was violently hit by hurricane Irma which prompted the Dutch government to provide funds to help with the recovery. The Dutch government contributed 550 million euros of which EUR 470 million placed in a trust fund, managed by the World Bank Group. Since the inception of the trust fund we have been reporting on the project developments and the opportunities arising for the private sector.

The government of St. Maarten has now officially launched a website dedicated to jobs and opportunities funded by the trust fund for the recovery efforts. Below the list of current opportunities which can be found at https://nrpbsxm.org/. 

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This is What it’s All About: Boosting Renewable Energy in Africa

This story is part of a series that will run ahead of the third edition of the One Planet Renewable-energySummit which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 14, 2019. The Summit will bring together global leaders, entrepreneurs, international organizations, and civil society, to help accelerate and focus attention on climate investments in line with the Paris Agreement objectives. The Summit will focus on promoting renewable energies, fostering resilience and adaptation and protecting biodiversity in Africa. Follow #OnePlanet for live updates and tune in live on March 14.

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The jobs challenge is bigger than ever in the poorest countries

Over the next decade, close to 600 million people will be looking for jobs, mostly in the The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) - Ghanworld’s poorest countries. The South Asia region alone will need to create more than 13 million jobs every year to keep pace with its demographics. In Sub-Saharan Africa, despite a smaller population, the challenge will be even greater—15 million jobs will need to be created each year.

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