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Chart: 100 Million People Pushed into Poverty by Health Costs in 2010

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Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people can obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. A new report produced by the World Bank and the World Health Organization, finds that health expenditures are pushing about 100 million people per year into “extreme poverty,” those who live on $1.90 or less a day; and about 180 million per year into poverty using a $3.10 per day threshold.

You can access the report, data, interactive visualizations, and background papers at: http://data.worldbank.org/universal-health-coverage/

Five years of investments in open data

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of the World Bank’s efforts to help countries launch their own open data initiatives, and harness the power of open data to benefit their citizens. A new report provides insights into how open data is benefitting countries, what strategies are working well, what could be improved.

The report provides the most comprehensive snapshot of Bank-funded open data activities to date. In the last five years, the Bank has provided technical assistance and funding for open data activities in over 50 countries, conservatively estimated at more than $50 million from a variety of sources. In many cases Bank funding has leveraged support from other partners or co-sponsorship by countries and other institutions. Within the Bank, the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) has been the most significant source of funding for open data. The TFSCB has financed over 20 projects in 16 countries, as well as 6 grants for regional and global activities.

Supporting over 45 countries with national and sector-specific open data

Support for open data has taken a variety of forms. To date, 45 Open Data Readiness Assessments (ODRAs) have been completed at national and sub-national levels, which have helped raise awareness and catalyze public and private efforts to advance open data within countries. There are now sector-specific ODRA tools for business, energy, and transport. The Bank has invested in a range of open data learning and knowledge products, including data literacy courses and the Open Data Toolkit, and collaborated with its global partners to support academic research, a series of regional conferences, and open data implementation. The report also found that these initial efforts have catalyzed longer-term project investments, i.e., IBRD loans and IDA credits, with open data implementation components in at least 14 countries.

Chart: It's Never Been Faster to Start A Business

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Con ocasión del Día Internacional de la Mujer, hicimos una pregunta muy simple a las mujeres que trabajan en el Grupo del Banco Mundial: “¿De qué manera acabar con la pobreza e impulsar la prosperidad compartida empoderará a las mujeres en todo el planeta?” Esta es una muestra de las respuestas alrededor del mundo.
 

Vi de primera mano cómo algo tan sencillo como una conexión de gas podía transformar las vidas de las personas. Una madre de cinco niños en Colombia me contó –con lágrimas en los ojos– cuánto había mejorado su calidad de vida y la de su familia. Sus hijos estaban más sanos y sufrían menos enfermedades respiratorias. Ella podía cocinar de manera segura y comenzar su propio negocio de venta de comida fuera de su casa. 
– Carmen Nonay, directora de programas de la Asociación Mundial para la Ayuda en Función de los Resultados.
 
Si eres una mujer pobre, no puedes tomar decisiones sobre tu vida y el futuro de tus hijos. Ni siquiera piensas en esas cosas tan importantes cuando estás sometida a las presiones cotidianas. Acabar con la pobreza e impulsar la prosperidad compartida permitirá que las mujeres tengan acceso a derechos humanos básicos,  transformen sus comunidades y contribuyan a cambiar el mundo. 
– Maria V. Handal, gerente de la Oficina de Yemen.
 
En muchos países de Oriente Medio y Norte de África, la tasa de matrícula femenina en las universidades está superando a la tasa masculina. Además, las niñas tienen mejores resultados de aprendizaje en matemáticas que los varones. Y, sin embargo, estas inversiones en capital humano no están siendo aprovechadas en su totalidad. Las mujeres pueden ayudar a aumentar la prosperidad de la región si se usa su potencial productivo y se reducen las barreras para su participación en la economía. 
– Tara Vishwanath, economista principal.

Chart: An Over 30-Fold Increase in Turkey's Power Generation Capacity

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Since 1970, the electricity generation capacity of Turkey has increased more than 30-fold to reach 70,000 MW in March 2015. In a country of nearly 80 million people, demand for electricity has risen about 7 percent annually in recent years, requiring steady efforts to expand the sources of reliable and clean power. Starting in the early 2000s, through a series of interlinked measures supported by the World Bank Group, the country has worked to meet this growing demand, while spurring private-sector investment and innovation. Read more.
 

A crisis in learning: 9 charts from the 2018 World Development Report

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There’s a crisis in learning. The quality and quantity of education vary widely within and across countries. Hundreds of millions of children around the world are growing up without even the most basic life skills.

The 2018 World Development Report draws on fields ranging from economics to neuroscience to explore this issue, and suggests improvements countries can make. You can get the full report here and to give you a flavor of what’s inside, I’ve pulled out a few of the charts and ideas that I found most striking while reading through it.

Each additional year of schooling raises earnings by 8-10 percent

 

The report sets out several arguments for the value of education. The clearest one for me? It’s a powerful tool for raising incomes. Each additional year of schooling raises an individual’s earnings by 8–10 percent, especially for women. This isn’t just because more able or better-connected people receive more education: “natural experiments” from a variety of countries - such as Honduras, Indonesia, Philippines, the U.S., and the U.K. - prove that schooling really does drive the increased earnings. More education is also linked with longer, healthier lives, and it has lasting benefits for individuals and society as a whole.

Energy prices fell 6 percent in June — Pink Sheet

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Energy commodity prices declined 6 percent in June, led by a 7.5 percent plunge in oil, the World Bank’s Pink Sheet said.

Agriculture prices dropped nearly 2 percent, with most groups easing, including food and beverages (down 1 percent each) and raw materials (off 3.5 percent). Fertilizer prices gained 2 percent.

Metals and mineral prices slid 1 percent, led by an 8 percent tumble in iron ore prices. Precious metals prices increased 1 percent.

The Pink Sheet is a monthly report that monitors commodity price movements.

Leveraging Open Source as a Public Institution — New analysis reveals significant returns on investment in open source technologies

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Beijing Smog. Ilya Haykinson/Flickr Creative CommonsAhora mismo, mientras lee esto, dondequiera que esté, nos encontramos en un terreno desconocido. Nuestra población de 7100 millones será de más de 9000 millones en 2050. Nuestras crecientes cifras y aspiraciones de una prosperidad compartida, vienen de la mano de una mayor demanda de energía para los hogares, las empresas, la industria y el transporte. Nuestra continua dependencia de los combustibles fósiles está generando contaminación y una cantidad peligrosamente alta de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI): el verano pasado, la concentración de CO2 en la atmósfera (i) superó los niveles observados en 3 millones de años. (i)
 
Si estuvo en Beijing la semana pasada, habrá sentido el impacto directamente en sus pulmones: apenas habían transcurrido 16 días del nuevo año y la ciudad se despertó con su primer “airpocalypse” (i) (apocalipsis del aire) de 2014, el último de una serie de jornadas con niveles peligrosamente altos de smog. El alcalde de Beijing anunció (i) ese mismo día medidas para reducir el uso del carbón en 2,6 millones de toneladas, prohibir los vehículos altamente contaminantes y disminuir la quema de carbón en el área metropolitana.

Rising debt and deficits in Emerging Market and Developing Economies (EMDEs) in 5 charts

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Debt and budget deficits have risen among emerging market and developing economies since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, rendering these economies more vulnerable to a sharp rise in borrowing costs. Government debt has climbed to 47 percent of GDP in 2016 from 35 percent of GDP in 2007 among emerging market and developing economies, while fiscal deficits have widened to about 5 percent of GDP from roughly 1 percent of GDP over the same period.

Chart: Global Growth Forecast to Reach 2.7 Percent in 2017

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 C.Schubert/CCAFSInternational Green Week in Berlin, the world's largest exhibition for agriculture, food, and horticulture, is the sort of place where you can taste food from all over the world, see animals of all shapes and sizes (ever heard of a Pustertaler Schecken?), and explore the latest innovations in GPS-guided agricultural machinery. The event attracts not only 400,000 curious visitors, it also draws global decision-makers from government, the private sector, science, and civil society, including some 70 ministers of agriculture.

Established in 1926, this event could probably make a reasonable claim that it has seen it all before.  But, of course, it hasn’t. This year, the focus was on resilience.

The already present impacts of climate change are demanding innovation and partnership in agriculture on a scale never seen before.  It is not an academic discussion about some uncertain future – it is posing challenges to farmers today, and it’s having an impact on their bottom lines.

Energy prices fell in May, led by oil, coal – Pink Sheet

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"In summary, the similarities between follow-up studies with and without baseline randomization are becoming increasingly apparent as more randomized trials study the effects of sustained interventions over long periods in real world settings. What started as a randomized trial may effectively become an observational study that requires analyses that complement, but go beyond, intention-to-treat analyses. A key obstacle in the adoption of these complementary methods is a widespread reluctance to accept that overcoming the limitations of intention-to-treat analyses necessitates untestable assumptions. Embracing these more sophisticated analyses will require a new framework for both the design and conduct of randomized trials."


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