The Tech Revolution That’s Changing How We Measure Poverty

Article published on http://www.worldbank.org on July 27, 2017.

The world has an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. But, without good poverty data, it is impossible to know whether we are making progress, or whether programs and policies are reaching those who are the most in need.

 

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Putting women’s health and empowerment at the center of development

Last week on World Population Day, I was thinking of the joy of children and the right of babieswomen to decide when to have them. It matters to women, but it matters to society as a whole. There can be no sustainable development without women’s empowerment, and there can be no women’s empowerment without access to comprehensive maternal and reproductive health services. Family planning is part of them.

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Report: Global Road Safety Facility

Since its launch in March 2016, as a global road safety fund, the GRSF had focused on GRSP_logo_web_250pxgetting maximum value for the use of its donor funds by making a difference in how we invest in road safety. This is in line with our Strategic Objectives of developing capacity for sustainability in road safety results, promoting a global network of road safety funding, coordination and advocacy mechanisms, and leveraging development bank projects, particularly those of the GRSF host organization, the World Bank.

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A new role for development banks?

Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they infrastructure2stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and Brazil’s development bank, BNDES.

As the world struggles to find funds to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, development banks can be instrumental in narrowing that gap. They can help to crowd-in the private sector and anchor private-public sector partnerships, particularly for infrastructure financing.

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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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World Water Day: Take Action around the World to Tackle a Water Crisis

Today we celebrate World Water Day around the world.WWD17-feature

  • In Marseille, young people are coming together to promote innovative projects by entrepreneurs for recycling water in households, agriculture, industry and the environment, and to focus attention on the shared responsibility to build water security for the future of the Mediterranean Region.
  • In Durban, the UN is launching the 2017 World Water Development Report (WWDR) titled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” and the High Level Panel on Water is unveiling the initiative on “Access to water and sanitation for 10 billion people” to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • In Rome, an unprecedented conversation is happening at the Vatican to shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water.
  • In Indonesia, national television is focusing on good practices in fecal sludge management, highlighting the link between poor sanitation and stunting, and discussing how to meet the country’s target of universal access to water and sanitation by 2019.

World Water Day is about taking action around the world to tackle a water crisis.

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Climate-smart transport is a key piece of the sustainable development puzzle

When it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a vicmo-rabat-tram-lukakikina-shutterstocktim and a perpetrator. On the one hand, transport infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as higher temperatures, increased precipitations, and flooding. At the same time, transport is responsible for 23% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and is one of the sectors where emissions are rising the fastest. This statistic alone makes it pretty clear that there will be no significant progress on climate action without greener, more sustainable mobility.

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eC2: ESMAP Tender: Energy Access Survey in Zambia

Deadline: 07-Dec-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The World Bank-ESMAP team with the Ministry of Energy (MoE), the Rural Electrification AfricaAuthority (REA), ZESCO LIMITED (ZESCO) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is launching the first Global Energy Access Household Surveys in access deficit countries so as to set a baseline to track progress towards Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) goal and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 7 on access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy by 2030.

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Statistics Netherlands and World Bank sign MoU

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and World Bank Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the desire to carry out activities cbsconducive to helping developing countries improve their statistical systems for collecting, processing and disseminating quality and timely data for evidence-based policymaking in order to achieve their national development goals as strive towards the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

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Promoting partnership for a water-secure world

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Article published on The Water Blog, Saturday 08/27/2016.water-www-logo-squared

The global water community is gathering in Stockholm for World Water Week 2016. This year’s theme, “Water for Sustainable Growth,” comes at a critical time, as we are mobilizing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which water plays an essential part.