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Children with disabilities can flourish in society, and education helps them get there

Simona Palummo's picture

This has been a very busy time for the global anti-corruption community as they geared up to the discussions of actions and priorities at the first meeting of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance (ICHA). For the the 234 Corruption Hunters who participated in the meeting last week, the experience was very rewarding. Many of them had never met before; a challenge that this World Bank-supported Alliance will help them overcome. But it is not the only challenge that these Corruption Hunters face. Your blog comments and their experiences reveal many more. The good news, this meeting acknowledged all and defined the priorities for action. So now is the time to thank you for sending your comments. I would also like to invite you to learn more about what went on during the ICHA meeting

Celebrating 85 years of Civil Protection in Romania to thank those who save lives, alleviate suffering and protect livelihoods

Tatiana Proskuryakova's picture

Romania recently celebrated 85 years of civil protection. In our day-to-day lives, we rarely pause to think of the decisive role played by civil protection agencies. But as soon as disaster strikes, these dedicated men and women lead efforts to save lives, protect livelihoods, and alleviate suffering. Your rescuer of the day may be a police officer directing evacuation, a volunteer providing first aid and shelter, a paramedic treating injuries, a weather forecaster providing timely advisories, or a local official coordinating actions. In other words, a well-functioning civil protection system is a diverse ecosystem of people and agencies - all with a clear and valuable role to play.

This was not always the case.

Inequality and conflict—some good news

Dr. Håvard Mokleiv Nygård's picture

Political violence, conflict, and inequality are closely related, but not necessarily in the ways that people think. Countries in which there is great inequality between rich and poor do not experience more violent conflict than countries with less economic inequality. In contrast, inequalities between groups defined by religion, ethnicity, or regional identities are linked to a significantly higher risk of armed conflict. The good news is that while income inequality between individuals is increasing, identity group-based inequality seems to be decreasing. This could lead to less conflict in the future. 

Chart: Why Are Women Restricted From Working?

Tariq Khokhar's picture

Economies grow faster when more women work, but in every region of the world, restrictions exist on women’s employment. The 2018 edition of Women Business and the Law examines 189 economies and finds that in 104 of them, women face some kind of restriction. 30% of economies restrict women from working in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous or morally inappropriate; 40% restrict women from working in certain industries, and 15% restrict women from working at night.


Can gender equality prevent violent conflict?

Catalina Crespo-Sancho's picture

Comment faire pour que, par défaut, toutes les données publiques soient libres d’accès ? Pour que, dans les pays en développement, les autorités se rapprochent des acteurs privés afin de trouver de nouvelles sources de données à exploiter ? Pour que, au niveau des organisations publiques et privées, l’effort porte sur une amélioration de la collecte des données, en particulier dans les pays en développement ?

Creating opportunities for young women through youth employment programs

Jose Manuel Romero's picture
Innovative programs can respond to gender disparities in youth employment. Photo: Dominic Chavez/ World Bank. 

The disadvantages young women face in the labor market and in entrepreneurship in developing countries are not only substantial and complex, but they quickly compound. A plethora of forces drive gender disparities in youth employment: lack of opportunities to develop the skills demanded by the labor market, family or social pressure dissuading them from entering desirable jobs or male-dominated sectors, a detrimental work environment, or a lack of available services such as childcare might make achieving success an uphill battle. Yet innovative youth employment programs can respond to gender issues. Below are three examples presented in a recent virtual workshop held by the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition with members of its Impact Portfolio community.

Maximizing finance for safe and resilient roads

Daniel Pulido's picture

Around the world, roads remain the dominant mode of transport and are among the most heavily-used types of infrastructure, accounting for about 80% of the distance travelled for individuals and 50% for goods.

Despite this intensive use, the funding available for road maintenance has been inadequate, leaving roads in many countries unsafe and unfit for purpose.

To make matters worse, roads are also very vulnerable to climate and disaster risk: when El Niño hit Peru in 2017, the related flooding damaged about 18% of the Peruvian road network in just one month.

It is no surprise then that roads are the sector that will require the most financing. In fact, the G20 estimates that roads account for more than half of the $15 trillion investment gap in infrastructure through 2040.

How one province in Pakistan is looking to digital jobs for its youth

Anna O'Donnell's picture
Hamza Khan, a Trainee Website Developer
Hamza Khan is a trainee website developer that has benefitted from KP'sYouth Employment Program

Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, or KP, has not always been recognized as a digital economy. Sharing a border with Afghanistan, the province experienced a period of instability and militancy over several decades that saw outmigration and the decline of private industries. Since then, the province has shown rapid economic growth, advancements in security, improvements in basic health and education, and a renewed sense of optimism.

Today, around half of the province’s population of 30.5 million is under the age of 30, necessitating rapid growth and job creation. In 2014, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa partnered with the World Bank to develop a strategy for job creation centered on leveraging the digital economy to address youth unemployment.

Digital KP
Digital KP”, that outlines a program on digital development that promotes youth inclusion and job creation.

Fast forward to 2018, and the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched a comprehensive digital strategy, called “Digital KP”, that outlines a program on digital development, with a core objective to promote youth inclusion in the digital economy. Within this broader digital strategy is a strong focus on promoting job creation for youth.

Addressing youth employment through the digital economy has three key building blocks:

Understanding multidimensional risks to prevent conflict

David Hammond's picture
Poor “Cariocas” living in the periphery of the Rio Metropolitan Region spend a very long time commuting. People from the city’s outskirts travel, on average, almost 90 minutes a day to and from work. Despite important improvements in the quality of mass transit in the metro region, Rio still has more to do to maximize the accessibility benefits of its recent major investments in rail and bus-based transit systems. Infrastructure still needs to be designed and upgraded to facilitate transfers between different motorized and non-motorized transport modes. And services (municipal and intermunicipal buses) need to be better coordinated and integrated with mass transit modes.

Bicycles can play an important role in solving the first and “last mile” problem (in fact, they offer a solution for the first and last three miles!) and in promoting sustainable transportation. The integrated bicycle-mass transport solution makes public transport much more attractive for users living within a radius of 5 kilometers from a mass transit station. At this distance, it would take a commuter 15 minutes to ride a bike to a station compared to an hour of walking. Not only does bike and rail integration improve quality of life by promoting health and reducing travel times and emissions, it can also result in benefits for transport operators in the form of increased ridership.

For this reason, in addition to financing new energy-efficient trains for the suburban rail system, our Project in Rio is supporting a bike-rail integration program, including financing for the development of the program’s business model and for the acquisition of a small number of bicycles to pilot the venture.

New leadership for community-based natural resource management in Mozambique

André Rodrigues de Aquino's picture

يمكننا جميعا الحديث عن ملء الأجهزة الإلكترونية والكهربائية مساحة أكبر وأكبر في منازلنا ومكاتبنا. ومع قصر عمر هذه الأجهزة كالهواتف الذكية والراوتر والشاشات وأجهزة الكمبيوتر، يرتفع المخزون من الأجهزة المكسورة أو شبه المستخدمة أو التي أصبحت عتيقة.

وبالتالي تحولت هذه الأجهزة الغالية "المطلوبة" إلى جبال من النفايات الإلكترونية.

وتقدر جامعة الأمم المتحدة في دراسة حديثة (e) أن العالم أنتج حوالي 46 مليون طن من النفايات الإلكترونية عام 2014. ورغم أن هذه الأجهزة جزء أساسي من حياتنا اليومية الحديثة، فإن أثرها على المجتمع يمكن أن يكون شديدا إذا لم تخضع لمعايير سليمة لإدارة النفايات.

فلو لم تخضع هذه النفايات الإلكترونية، مثلا، للرعاية اللازمة، فإن من يتعاملون معها – وفي العالم النامي فإن هؤلاء هم من النساء والأطفال – سيتعرضون لمواد سامة.

ففي أفريقيا وآسيا توجد أمثلة عديدة على مكبات ضخمة للنفايات الإلكترونية لكن لم يوثق أحد رسميا من أين وكيف تصلها هذه النفايات. وفي البلدان المتقدمة، قد يتم التعامل مع جبال من النفايات الإلكترونية غير الموثقة أو معالجتها بمعايير متدنية.

ومن الواضح أن البيئة تتأثر سلبا أيضا.