Q1 2018 update of World Development Indicators available

World Bank buildingThe World Development Indicators database has been updated. This is a regular quarterly update to 1,600 indicators and includes both new indicators and updates to existing indicators.

This release features updates for national accounts, balance of payments, demography, health, labor market, poverty and shared prosperity, remittances, and tourism series. New estimates are also available for electricity-related indicators from the Global Tracking Framework, adjusted net savings, law and regulation towards gender equality from Women, Business and the Law, ownership of financial accounts from the Global Findex, mobile and internet, and education series.

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“Real governance” in Fragile, Conflict-affected and Violent States – What is that?

The Fragility Forum was held in Washington D.C. from March 5 to 7. More than 1,000 people from over 90 different countries attended. At one of the events, ‘Real Governance in FCV settings: Engaging State and Non-State Actors in Development’ practitioners and policy-makers discussed which actors to work with in complex FCV situations, and what the choice of actors would mean from a human rights and social accountability perspective.

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eC2: Executive Education: Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance

Deadline: 30-Nov-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

Objective: The objective is to develop a 4-day modular capacity building program on Disaster Risk Financing(DRF)to enhance understanding of DRF strategies and instruments for protection from natural disasters, embedded in the broader Disaster Risk Management and fiscal risk management frameworks, and build the skills of stakeholders to design and implement such strategies.

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Newsletter March 2017: Doing Business!

On March 7th the FIRST edition of  2017 of NL4WorldBank newsletter  was published.Doing Business

In this edition the focus is on the success of Deltares, a long term partner of the World Bank.
You can also find a new World Bank presentation on the Corporate Procurement, the updated version of the handleiding “zaken doen met de Wereldbank Groep” and the 2017 World Development Report focused on Goverance and the Law. We have also created a complaints guide to answer any and all questions you may have. Last but not least we have our top blog posts, interesting tenders and a couple of important upcoming events! 
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eC2:Technology Partner Required for Conversational Two-way Text Message Intervention to Improve Financial Behaviour in Zambia

Deadline: 09-Mar-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) 

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DIME is a global program in the Banks Research Group that carries out Impact Evaluations (IEs) to test innovations and find solutions to make policy work. As a bridge between research and development operations, DIME provides a substantial knowledge contribution by generating high-quality evidence across a set of strategic development areas. The IE Text Messaging for Behavior Change in Zambia is part of the DIME program and aims to use a novel text-messaging-based intervention to: 1) identify behavioral barriers that lead to low engagement with formal financial services amongst those using the services; and 2) test strategies to help people overcome those barriers to increase engagement and financial security. To implement this IE, DIME is seeking proposals for a technology partner to operate a two-way conversational text-message system to improve savings account usage and improve loan repayment rates for financial sector clients in Zambia

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These are the world’s most sustainable cities

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What does it mean to be a ‘sustainable city’, and which cities around the worldr8ansexefvgog2knfwagqi3r2drh44rbuin_samryey are best at it? A new index sets out to find the most successful from a list of 100 cities. The ranking from Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm, and the Centre for Economic and Business Research, assesses the sustainability of cities based on three dimensions. The ranking also highlights the pressure cities are under – from population growth to natural disasters.

Global Community Makes Record $75 Billion Commitment to End Extreme Poverty

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YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA, December 15, 2016— A coalition of more than 60 donor and borrower governments agreed today to ratchet up the fight against extreme poverty with a record $75 billion commitment for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries.

This is a pivotal step in the movement to end extreme poverty,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim saidThe commitments made by our partners, combined with IDA’s innovations to crowd in the private sector and raise funds from capital markets, will transform the development trajectory of the world’s poorest countries. We are grateful for our partners’ trust in IDA’s ability to deliver results.”

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Record Number of Economies Carried Out Business Reforms in Past Year: Doing Business

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2016db17-reportA record 137 economies around the world have adopted key reforms that make it easier to start and operate small and medium-sized businesses, says Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, the World Bank Group’s annual report on the ease of doing business.

The new report finds that developing countries carried out more than 75 percent of the 283 reforms in the past year, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for over one-quarter of all reforms.

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World Bank’s Poverty Commission Releases Report on How to Better Measure and Monitor Global Poverty

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WASHINGTON, October 18, 2016 – The World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty has submitted recommendations on how to more comprehensively measure and monitor global poverty in support of the Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.

“The aim of our Report was to improve the way the World Bank monitors poverty. By focusing on changes over time, we can learn, taking account of the potential margins of error, about the evolution of global poverty. The confidence to be placed in these conclusions can be increased by improvements in the methods of analysis and in the underlying data. Outside the World Bank, it is hoped that this report will be of value to everyone engaged in poverty measurement across the world, and be a highly positive force in encouraging partnerships,” said Sir Anthony Atkinson, Lead Author & Chair of the Commission on Global Poverty.

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