How much of the government budget should be devoted to agriculture, and how much to other sectors? What is “too little” and what is “enough”? Nearly two thirds of Africa’s population still rely on agriculture to make a living, and for Africa’s poorest households, food makes up almost three-quarters of consumption expenditures. As a result of limited agricultural productivity, Africa’s growing...
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Reaping Richer Returns: Public Spending Priorities for African Agriculture Productivity Growth

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Did you know that Islamic finance can help end extreme poverty, enhance shared prosperity, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
Because Islamic finance advocates for fair distribution of income and wealth it can help reduce worldwide income inequality, and it can also help bring access to financial services to people who are currently excluded. Our new report with the Islamic...
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New Report Outlines Actions to Leverage Islamic Finance for Development

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02/20/2017 at 20:44. Facebook
From early childhood programs to greater opportunities for quality employment for youth, a comprehensive approach towards violence prevention is what seems to make policies successful. And, for this to work, it goes without saying that crucial institutions, such as the police and the justice system, need to be trustworthy and reliable.

A Lifetime Approach To Preventing Violence In Latin America

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02/20/2017 at 01:49. Facebook
In 2013, deaths linked to #airpollution cost the world $225B in lost #labor income, alone.

Research shows that air quality matters for workers' productivity. Why should developing cities care? [ Wrld.bg Link ]

All I need is the air that I breathe…

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Financial services have expanded rapidly in Uganda over the past decade with approximately eight million adults now having access to an account at a formal financial institution. But the high cost of credit, and other short comings like limited financial market infrastructure, and costly access to physical infrastructure that enables financial services, have made formal regulated services...
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Uganda Economic Update: Let’s Solve the Finance Puzzle to Accelerate Growth and Shared Prosperity

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Explore the World Bank's comprehensive research, reports and knowledge products on #Africa. #AfricaKnowledgeFest

AFRICA KNOWLEDGE FEST 2017

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Do countries have room to improve on energy efficiency policies? Our new report is aimed at helping governments assess if they have a policy and regulatory framework in place to drive progress on sustainable energy and pinpoints where more can be done to attract private investments.

RISE – Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy

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Do countries have room to improve on energy efficiency policies? Our new report is aimed at helping governments assess if they have a policy and regulatory framework in place to drive progress on sustainable energy and pinpoints where more can be done to attract private investments: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Many workers in African cities can't afford to commute by vehicle and must walk to work. According to a new report [ Ow.ly Link ], public transport in Sub-Saharan Africa's major cities is dominated by informal minibuses, and is expensive relative to household budgets making it largely unaffordable on a daily basis, especially for the poorest. Solutions?

Chart: Public Transport in African Cities Often Unaffordable

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Overfishing & climactic events like El Niño threatened anchoveta resources in #Peru. Watch how reform helped secure them.

Reform experiences in countries and regions as diverse as Peru, Morocco, the Pacific Islands and West Africa show it is possible to reduce overfishing through locally appropriate reforms that ultimately improve the livelihoods and job security of coastal populations....
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For millions of us, Swedish Professor and self-described “Edutainer” Hans Rosling opened our eyes to a world we live in, but had never seen before.

Professor Rosling, who passed away last week was best known for his theatrical presentations that brought data to life with stories and visualizations which he hoped would change people’s mindsets and improve their understanding of the world.

Hugs and databases: in memory of Hans Rosling

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What new innovative financing tools are being developed to end global poverty? Sign-up for free World Bank MOOC on Financing for Development, launching on March 1, to find out. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities

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Check out the @WorldBank #Gender Portal publications on gender statistics, equality, and empowerment of women & girls.

Gender Data Portal

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AFRICA KNOWLEDGE FEST 2017

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Compared to Asia and Latin America, Africa’s cities have 40% fewer neighbors to interact with and 20% more fragmentation near the city center. African cities are close to 30% more expensive than cities in countries at similar income levels.

To grow economically, as they are growing in size, Africa’s cities must open their doors to the world. The continent has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity...
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In a rapidly urbanizing Africa, cities are becoming increasingly crowded, disconnected and costly for people and businesses alike. But with the right policies, #AfricanCities can unlock their growth potential and become more livable and productive. How?

Productive, Livable Cities Will Open Africa's Doors to the World

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The four-week online course will discuss approaches currently being considered by global leaders to finance the sustainable development agenda. Key concepts, terminology, sources of development finance, and the...
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Enroll now: free World Bank Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Financing for Development

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From early childhood programs to greater opportunities for quality employment for youth, a comprehensive approach towards violence prevention is what seems to make policies successful. And, for this to work, it goes without saying that crucial institutions, such as the police and the justice system, need to be trustworthy and reliable.

Stop the Violence in Latin America : A Look at Prevention from Cradle to Adulthood

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