The start-up scene in the Middle East and North Africa region is booming. The growing number of incubators and accelerators that can be found from Beirut, Ramallah, Gaza to Cairo and Casablanca have gained recognition beyond the region. Our team at the MENA Youth Platform has been studying the emerging trends, and one thing is clear: the next revolution will look very different, and young women are at the forefront of innovation such as artificial intelligence. Impressively, a new startup-ecosystem index shows how Tunis and Amman lead the MENA crowd based on an assessment of available human capital, access to finance, the vibrancy of the startup scene, available ICT infrastructure, an enabling macro-context, and global market access.
Let’s Talk Development. By: Chris Jochnick, World Bank, March 19, 2018
Momentum is building behind a land rights revolution. Last year, just prior to the World Bank’s Annual Land and Poverty Conference, I wrote about the many factors pushing land to the top of the global agenda. To maintain this momentum we must pay greater attention to gender and women’s land rights.
Land is more than an important asset in the fight against global poverty and gender inequality. For most people living in poverty, it is an essential, indispensable means to leading a healthy, safe, and productive life. Despite this, hundreds of millions of people who depend on land around the world – especially women – lack access or secure tenure rights to it.
Today there were be held three seminars during the Annual Meetings 2017, which contains developments within Skills for Success in a Transforming Africa, Women-owned Business and Maximizing Finance for Development. Make sure you will attend those meetings through de WorldBank Live. If you are interested in last week’s Annual Meetings program, click here. In case you are interested in the upcoming Meeting of the World Bank Group and the IMF: the Spring Meetings take place in the week of the 16th of April 2018. During these meetings the events will also be available for the wide audience through World Bank Live, so make sure you join these events live!
Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”
Ndeye’s concern for her daughter was not unfounded. Childhood stunting, an overarching measure of long-term malnutrition, has life-long consequences: It can reduce cognitive abilities, limit school attainment, decrease adult wages, and make children less likely to escape poverty as adults.
- Much of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast territory is poorly connected.
- For many such as Christine Monga, a businesswoman in Buta, communication between Kinshasa, the capital, and other provincial cities is challenging with access to rural areas near impossible.
- To address this situation, the International Development Association (IDA) is financing the Pro-Routes Project that has already rehabilitated over 2,400 kilometers of priority roads.
- 250 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting and extreme poverty.
- The rate of return on investing in a package of nutrition interventions at scale is estimated at 17 percent.
- Well-designed early childhood development programs include a focus on quality, complementarities between interventions, and behavioral change.
Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the data reveals some of the challenges we face but also the progress we’ve made toward a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Here are 12 charts that help tell the stories of the year.
A new World Bank report says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digitaltechnologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations, and 60 percent of the world’s population remains excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy.
The speech, a sweeping, definitive review of what works and what doesn’t in reducing inequality and boosting the incomes of the poorest in developing countries and drawing on evidence of a half-century of work by the World Bank Group can be seen here.