COVID-19 highlights unfinished business of ensuring equality for women entrepreneurs

The pandemic has been anything but business as usual for women entrepreneurs. Women gendercoventrepreneurs have sacrificed more time than men to undertake unpaid care during COVID-19, and their businesses have received less public support than those run by men.  Unsurprisingly, this uneven support and uneven share of care have gone hand in hand with a greater risk of women-led businesses closing down, a review of new data by World Bank economists shows. This has raised concerns that COVID-19 could undo years of progress for women entrepreneurs. Setbacks from COVID-19 for women entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries have been severe.

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COVID-19 vaccines: from rejection to shortage, how Côte d’Ivoire became a model for managing vaccine hesitancy

STORY HIGHLIGHTS A man being vaccinated against COVID-19 at the vaccination cente

  • In February 2021, Côte d’Ivoire’s efforts to vaccinate its population in order to save lives and stem the spread of the coronavirus were being stymied by a wave of misinformation and a low level of public acceptance of the vaccine
  • The government embarked on a nationwide awareness-raising campaign, deploying mobile clinics and enlisting the support of influencers and religious and community leaders
  • This strategy paid off for the country, which succeeded in increasing the number of people vaccinated by tenfold, from just 2,000 to over 20,000 per day in the following weeks

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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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Scaling up water reuse: Why recycling our wastewater makes sense

In Durban, South Africa’s third largest city, an amount of wastewater equivalent to 13ifc_water_shutterstock_1024670731_hero Olympic-sized swimming pools has been treated and reused for industrial use by a paper mill and a local refinery every day since 2001.

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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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