Technology works for getting poor people’s problems fixed – we just have to get it right

20150224-senegal-farhat-0660One of the encouraging signs that I pick up whenever I travel is the difference that technology is making to the lives of millions of marginalized people. In most cases it’s happening on a small, non-flashy scale in hundreds of different ways, quietly improving the opportunities that that have been denied to remote communities, women and young people for getting a foot on the ladder.

And because it is discreet and under the radar I dare as an optimist to suggest that we are at the beginning of something big – a slow tsunami of success. Let me give you some reasons why I believe this.

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MDB Climate Finance Hit Record High of US$35.2 billion in 2017

1395245055298An increase of nearly 30 per cent on the previous year, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks.

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2018 – Climate financing by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) rose to a seven-year high of $35.2 billion in 2017, up 28 per cent on the previous year.

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eC2: Digital Skills for Ghana

indexDeadline: 12-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Develop a publication targeting CEOs of African tertiary education institutions, Executives in the Technology and other relevant sectors and African policy makers. The effort will have a specific focus on Ghana. The objective of the publication is to showcase best-in-class private sector-led practices promoting Digital Skills, advancing the understanding of what are the relevant digital skills that need to be promoted, and how to best integrate the delivery of digital skills into the curriculum through specific, innovative offerings. The focus will be on skills needed at the post-secondary level, including upskilling / reskilling needs for working adults, with an emphasis on lifelong learning. The digital economy in Ghana, and more broadly across Africa, needs a digitally skilled workforce that masters basic functional digital skills at minimum with some acquiring high level skills like coding and software development capabilities.

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Leveraging technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Billions of people are connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing  ziplinepower, storage capacity, and access to knowledge — foreshadowing stunning possibilities.  This potential is multiplied by technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, big data processing, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, blockchain, etc.

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Demystifying technologies for digital identification

Fingerprint Binary MicrochipWith more than 1.1 billion individuals without official proof of identity, a myriad of technologies is advancing at a faster speed than ever before and becoming more affordable, making it possible for nations to leapfrog paper based approaches of the past. Yet, it is becoming a challenge to understand and keep up with the various technologies and advancements that are especially relevant for digital identification systems. Identification for Development (ID4D) launches a new Technology Landscape report providing an overview of current and emerging technology trends in digital identity.

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RFI: DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY OR BLOCKCHAIN SERVICES

what-is-the-blockchainDEADLINE: February 28, 2018 @ 5.00 PM EST (Washington, DC)

The World Bank Group (WBG) invites interested parties to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) for distributed ledger technology or blockchain services. Through this RFI, WBG intends to identify parties that want to work on hands-on activities to discover and explore the possibilities of distributed ledger technology and / or blockchain services in the context of the world’s most pressing development challenges. Through this collaboration, WBG is providing an opportunity for interested parties to shape their own roadmaps with respect to these technologies and services by working with a large, mature, international organization.

Using technology to promote youth employment: How to develop digital solutions

untitled.pngHow and when can we use technology to design and implement youth employment programs? We should ask ourselves whether investing in digital solutions is worth the time and money before deciding to include a digital component in our projects, because as much as technology can be transformative and help provide solutions, it is both expensive and time-consuming. Furthermore, we need to make sure we fully understand the problem that we are trying to solve.

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Using technology to promote youth employment: How to develop digital solutions

How and when can we use technology to design and implement youth employment programs? We should ask ourselves whether investing in digital solutions is worth the time and money before deciding to include a digital component in our projects, because as much as technology can be transformative and help provide solutions, it is both expensive and time-consuming. Furthermore, we need to make sure we fully understand the problem that we are trying to solve.

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eC2: Zambia – Off-grid site identification and prioritization

Deadline: 30-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The proposed activity seeks to first develop new datasets that will enable the identification and prioritization of potential off-grid sites, and faster and more accurate market analysis for public and private stakeholders operating in Zambia. Datasets should include, for example, household locations and indicators on ability to pay, population density and proximity to the national grid, potential for productive uses of electricity and up-to-date data on national electricity grid transmission and distribution line locations. It is expected that these datasets then be used to narrow down geographic areas and priority villages that could be interesting markets for off-grid energy services.

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Annual Meetings 2017: join the World Bank Live!

Next week, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) take place from upcoming October 10 to October 14  in Washington DC. During this meetings the Board of Governs of the attentive organizations will debate in the field of topics associated with poverty reduction, international economic development and finance.

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In order to make these meetings accessible for the wide audience, World bank Live will daily stream several events in different languages such as English, Spanish, French and Arabic.  The subjects of the Flagship events of the Annual Meetings vary from Human Capital Summit to digital economy and education. If you are interested within accompany the dialogues through the broadcast of Worldbank live, check out the whole program here and join the World Bank’s Live online event. You are also able to submit questions before the events. Below you will find a short selection of these upcoming events concurrently with the Annual Meetings 2017.

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