What holds back about half of the world’s population from using the internet?

Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water Crisis

The world faces an invisible crisis of water quality. Its impacts are wider, deeper, waterand more uncertain than previously thought and require urgent attention.

While much attention has focused on water quantity – too much water, in the case of floods; too little water, in the case of droughts – water quality has attracted significantly less consideration. Quality Unknown shows that urgent attention must be given to the hidden dangers that lie beneath the water’s surface:

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Inclusive and Trusted Digital ID Can Unlock Opportunities for the World’s Most Vulnerable

Juan and his family fled their home during Peru’s 1995 insurgency. Like many other ID4DPeruvians, they left behind all of their possessions, including their IDs and other documents. Without an ID, Juan—along with 3 million other Peruvians whose civil registration records were lost or destroyed during this period—was unable to enroll in school or access basic social services.

Mariam, a cross border trader from Uganda, struggled to earn a livelihood because of the difficulty she faced in crossing the border to buy and sell goods in Kenya. Without the necessary IDs, she could not pass through regular border crossings and was forced to travel long distances in dangerous areas that left her vulnerable to theft and exploitation.

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Disruptive Agriculture Technology Moonshot—Ready for Lift Off in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Can Africa feed Africa? This question is frequently asked, especially when there are 25620190802-africafood1140x500 million people (1 in 5) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who are critically undernourished.  And the numbers are growing. Escalating weather volatility due to climate change further exacerbate food and nutrition insecurity. Frequent droughts and floods are triggering a food crisis in at least one or more countries every year, demanding emergency responses.

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Malaysia’s need for speed: How regulatory action is unleashing ultrafast Internet

In Malaysia, regulatory reforms are beginning to shape the trajectory of the digital malaysiainternet2economy to unleash ultrafast internet. The result has been beneficial to Malaysians, especially within the confines of a market with low adoption of fiber internet services in the past decade, compared to its regional peers. But now things are changing. The country’s broadband market is rapidly moving to become more accessible, with increased competition and better quality services – which could potentially expand the digital economy to provide the benefits of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

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As incomes rise, farm employment drops

Globally, the proportion of people working in the agriculture sector has seen a steady farmers_working_in_their_fields_in_guinea.jpgdecline. However, looking at global averages is not enough to understand this trend, as this decline has not been evenly distributed. We break down the world population into two groups (measured through either income or consumption expenditure): the bottom 40% (the poorest people in any given country) and the upper 60% of the income distribution.

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World Bank partners with LinkedIn to research the relationship between international connectivity and economic activity

This year’s World Bank World Development Report uncovers new insights on the wdr-2020-landing-image-with-map.jpgrelationship between international connectivity and economic activity.

Thanks to technological improvements, the costs to transport goods, people, knowledge and capital between countries have declined. This environment has changed the underlying structure of global economic production: we’re seeing an increasing number of multinational corporations; higher degrees of specialization of various stages of production; and rising levels of trade of intermediate goods (the parts and materials imported to make products for consumption domestically and abroad) between developing countries.

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Build, Employ and Protect: Using Social Protection to Invest in People in a Changing World

In a small community off the coast of Sierra Leone, Salamatou Bangura often struggled to gil-improving-social-networks-for-ugandan-farmers-feed her children. Though she worked long hours buying and selling seafood from the local fisherman in her village, until recently, it wasn’t enough. “I couldn’t afford to cook every day,” she recalls.

That all changed when she began to receive $10 every month through a social safety net program for extremely poor households. Bangura began using the money to put food on the table, pay school fees, and invest in her business. And when tragedy struck, and the family home burned down, Bangura used the money to rebuild, all the while ensuring that her children remained well-fed and in school.

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Where does the money go? Examining public spending in Afghanistan

Public spending in Afghanistan is equal to more than half of the economy’s output.210415_kabul_national_institute_of_management_and_aministration_nima_003 Government and international partners spend around $11 billion, in an economy that produces around $19 billion of output per year .

With such high levels of public spending, it’s worth understanding where all that money is going. We try to provide some answers in our new Public Expenditure Update. Continue reading

New World Bank online course tackles the future of work, preparing for disruption

The ever-increasing pace of the development of artificial intelligence is having a shutterstock_425107195profound impact on the workforce. Jobs that have been performed by humans for decades or centuries are becoming obsolete when robots enter the jobsite.  At the same time, new jobs become available that previous generations could not even fathom. Failure to prepare for these changes can have catastrophic impacts on economies.

Based on the 2019 World Development Report, the World Bank’s new course on the Future of Work will explore the various changes that result from advances in technology, what this means for the current and future workforce, and how we need to prepare for these changes.

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