Economic inclusion programs: A springboard out of extreme poverty

 

As the world grapples with the pandemic, the new State of Economic Inclusion peileaderreport points to paths out of poverty for the poorest and most vulnerable.

For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is rising around the world, as COVID-19 threatens to erode years of hard-won progress.   The World Bank estimates that the economic fallout from the pandemic may add as many as 150 million extreme poor by 2021. Women, children, displaced populations, and people with disabilities have been particularly hard hit.

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How to use technology to help teachers be better and to make life better for teachers

Teachers matter enormously to student learning. Teachers deliver academic knowledge. d_evans_blogTeachers impart model socioemotional skills. Good teachers boost students’ long-term life outcomes. Teachers can inspire (and in another demonstration of their importance, in some cases, sadly, teachers can disappoint or even abuse). 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced gender inequalities around the world

 
COVID-19 has seriously impacted the global progress towards gender equality, with women around the world continuing to face laws and restrictions that hinder their economic opportunity, according to the latest Women, Business and the Law 2021. Reforming laws toward gender equality must be a priority as governments look to recover from COVID-19.
 
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India: Rural women go digital to manage the pandemic’s disruptions

 

Muskanben Vohara and her group of women weavers in Gujarat’s Anand district were women-artisans-members-from-barara-village-of-patan-districts-doing-traditional-painting-on-cloth-to-prepare-for-embroidery-for-sewa-hansiba-product._overcome with worry when the lockdown was announced to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tracking an Unprecedented Year for Businesses, Everywhere

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Woman worker in leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia

Woman worker in leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia

  • Nearly every business in the world has been affected by COVID-19—in different ways. While one-fourth of companies saw sales falling 50 percent in October-January from pre-pandemic levels, a third said their sales increased or stayed the same.
  • To capture the impact of the pandemic on firms’ performance, the World Bank launched ongoing surveys with more than 120,000 firms in over 60 countries. The assessment is expected to help inform recovery efforts.
  • Developing countries have introduced multiple support programs, but businesses most affected by the shock—small firms and those in poorer countries—were the least likely to receive government support.

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Recap: The impact of the pandemic on woman and girls.

 

Evidence from outbreaks similar to COVID-19 indicates that women and girls can be affected in particular ways, and in some areas, face more negative impacts than men. In fact, there is a risk that gender gaps could widen during and after the pandemic and that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment and voice and agency, built over the past decades, could be reversed. The World Bank Group is working to ensure that projects responding to COVID-19 consider the pandemic’s different impacts on men and women.

COVID-19 is hitting poor countries the hardest. Here’s how World Bank’s IDA is stepping up support

A year ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I was optimistic about the trends in global ida_covidpoverty: extreme poverty rates had been steadily declining for more than two decades. Although considerable challenges like debt still loomed large for the poorest countries, the positive trajectory in the fight against poverty brought great hope for a better future—a future I still believe in.

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We are facing an unprecedented global challenge to protect every country from COVID-19