Beyond Infrastructure: Trade Facilitation Priorities for the Belt and Road Initiative

Countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative face a major challenge in bri_mapfacilitating trade. While large investments in trade-related infrastructure capture global headlines, transaction costs generated by inefficient border clearance and trade-related regulatory requirements are one of the major policy risks facing the BRI.

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Innovation, entrepreneurship, positive change. Join the farmer-led irrigation revolution.

Imagine that you are a small-scale rainfed agriculture farmer. You face significant JESS3_WBG_Project-FLI_Snack01challenges. Water and food demands are growing. Competition for water is escalating. You rely heavily on unpredictable rain to grow food and sustain your livelihood. Weather related disasters — such as floods, droughts, and heat waves — are increasing in frequency, intensity, and duration.

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Some reflections on pathways out of poverty

Take two numbers: 1 in 3 young people worldwide are not in education, employment or World Bank buildingtraining, and over 875 million people are expected to migrate by 2050.

These figures often reflect unfulfilled aspirations and lack of opportunity.

People are often in jobs with below poverty-line pay; others have no prospects for a raise and professional advancement; for some others, it is hard to re-enter the job market after a period of unemployment; and, among the youngest, many face daunting obstacles in joining the workforce.

Newsletter September 2018: A World Free of Poverty

September 2018 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter is out! untitledA World Free of Poverty which was published on the 11th of September.

In this edition we feature a story about Wijnand van Ijssel, the secondant for the Food 4 All Partnership between the Netherlands and the World Bank Group. The Partnership aims to find synergies and collaboration between Dutch knowledge programs and expertise in agriculture and food/nutrition and connect this with knowledge development and investment program needs of the World Bank Group.

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IDA17 Retrospective: Maximizing Development Impact

Leveraging IDA to meet global ambitions and evolving client needsIDA

This report examines what the International Development Association (IDA) achieved during the IDA17 period (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017), and takes a close look at how IDA continues to maximize development impact to deliver these results in a fluid and challenging global environment. This report covers three areas essential to understanding both IDA’s efforts and the environment in which it works: (1) The rapidly-evolving global economic and development landscapes; (2) The results achieved through IDA’s work with client countries and other partners; and (3) The unfinished agenda, which demands an ongoing, broad-based commitment to achieving results through IDA as the world’s global alliance for the poor.

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Handbook Doing Business with the World Bank Group and fact sheets

The Netherlands embassy in Washington, D.C. published the handbook, “Zakendoen met de Wereldbank Groep” to provide interested Dutch companies and organizations a basichandleiding introduction to the World Bank Group. We have updated the handbook with new information on the current procurement framework. Besides the handbook we also created fact sheets which include information on project cycles as well as Bank jargon which will be good to know when working with the World Bank Group.

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Meet the Dutch at the World Bank: Wijnand van IJssel

Tell us something about yourself.Wijnand FSE 2 05282018
Well, I was born and raised in Rotterdam. I received my Master’s degree in tropical forestry at Wageningen University a long time ago. After that, I spent 20 years in Mauretania, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Vietnam, and Mozambique, with FAO, SNV, DHV Consultants, and eventually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. I love working in global development, particularly in the domains of rural development, sustainable land use, and environmental management. It has been great to be able to live in all these countries with different cultures and to meet different people – together with my family (my wife and three children, now all 20+). After 10 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, I opted for this secondment at the World Bank Group.

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The Global Findex Database

The Global Findex database is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults 780x439_GlobalFindex_Coversave, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. Launched with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the database has been published every three years since 2011. The data are collected in partnership with Gallup, Inc., through nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults in over 140 economies. The 2017 edition includes updated indicators on access to and use of formal and informal financial services. And it adds new data on the use of financial technology (fintech), including the use of mobile phones and the internet to conduct financial transactions.

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A glimpse into the future of social protection

Your neighbor drives for a ride-sharing company. Your nephew just joined his third gentilini_figure_1__social_insurance_coveragestart-up.  Your daughter lands a job as a freelance journalist. Your street vendor who sells flowers down the street has been absent due to an illness.

The changing nature of work is upending traditional employment. But as the gig economy, part-time jobs, contracts and other diverse and fluid forms of employment grow, what happens to the protections the traditional job market offered to people and workers?

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South Asia’s transport corridors can lead to prosperity

This blog is based on the report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly transport-corridors-blogproduced with the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

No doubt, South Asia’s prosperity was built along its trade routes.

One of the oldest, the Grand Trunk Road from the Mughal era still connects East and West and in the 17th century made Delhi, Kabul and Lahore wealthy cities with impressive civic buildings, monuments, and gardens.

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