In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

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.

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After 20 Years of Isolation, Congolese Cities and Urban Centers Experience a Revival

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  • 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.

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Are girls smarter than boys?

Parents are 2.5 times more likely to google “Is my son gifted?” than “Is my daughter shutterstock_242705803gifted?” A gap like this—in perceptions and expectations—is not new.  Myths about ‘gendered’ learning gaps have persisted since at least the Victorian era. Could these be true?

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Well-Designed Early Childhood Development Programs Can Pay Big Dividends

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  • 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.

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Year in Review: 2016 in 12 Charts (and a video)

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.

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World Bank report ‘Digital Dividends’

A new World Bank report says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digitalMobile in Africatechnologies 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.

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World Bank President Jim Kim Video : What Works in Development?

The link provided will take you to a speech given by Jim Kim at the Shared Prosperity event which was held:

Jim Kim SpeechThe 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.

Link: http://live.worldbank.org/sharing-prosperity?cid=ISG_E_WBWeeklyUpdate_NL