World Bank Publications
03/26/2017 at 16:37. Facebook
Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing fast. It is currently home to more than 1.2 billion people, and it is estimated that another 1 billion will be added by 2050, creating competing demands for water for basic human needs, agriculture and power. How will African water providers cope with a rapidly growing, thirsty population?

Water utilities in Africa: How will they cope with a rapidly growing, thirsty population?
World Bank Publications
03/25/2017 at 14:20. Facebook
Coming Soon: @WorldBank Atlas of the #SustainableDevelopmentGoals. Take a sneak peek: [ Link ]

WDI: Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals Preview
World Bank Publications
03/24/2017 at 22:58. Facebook
Just over 70% of #Madagascar's population lives in poverty. What's behind this troubling number and how to reduce it: [ Link ]

Shifting Fortunes and Enduring Poverty in Madagascar: Recent Findings
World Bank Publications
03/23/2017 at 14:42. Facebook
Energy subsidies are an expensive fiscal tool that typically benefits the better-off more than poor households. This is especially true in the Middle East, where many countries have been subsidizing energy for decades. For oil-importing countries such as Jordan, this tradition has been a source of repeated reform efforts because the size of energy subsidies has been a constant source of...
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The Political Economy of Energy Subsidy Reform
Today, on World Water Day, we shine a light on the massive amount of work that is still to be done in the water and sanitation sector – over 3 billion people lack access to clean water and proper sanitation; water scarcity accentuates already fragile situations in many countries and causes further conflict and violence.
Join a global conversation on how countries can tackle critical water...
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World Water Day: Take Action around the World to Tackle a Water Crisis
Thailand is a country of vast potential but recent growth has been slowing; it has also lost the competitive edge it once enjoyed over other countries in the region. How can Thailand restart its economic engine in ways that benefit all people in the country?

Getting Back on Track: Reviving Growth and Securing Prosperity for All
Every year, malnutrition claims the lives of 3 million children under age five and costs the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and health care costs. Yet those losses are almost entirely preventable. A large body of scientific evidence shows that improving nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window from a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday has the...
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Investing in Nutrition: the Foundation For Development
Vietnam is at a crossroads. It can grow as an export platform for global value chains (GVCs), specializing in low value-added assembly functions with industrialization occurring in enclaves with little connection to the broader economy or society; or it can leverage the current wave of growth, enabled and accelerated by its successful participation in GVCs, to diversify and move up the chain...
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Vietnam at a Crossroads: Engaging in the Next Generation of Global Value Chains
Over the past few decades, Thailand has made tremendous development progress. Still, an estimated 7 million Thai people were poor and an additional 6.7 million were at risk of falling into poverty in 2014. Inequality also remains a major challenge. A new World Bank report explores how Thailand can restart its economic engine in ways that benefit all people in the country and help protect the...
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Thailand Systematic Country Diagnostic: Getting Back on Track and Reviving Growth
Central America is undergoing an important transition, with urban populations increasing at accelerated speeds, bringing pressing challenges as well as opportunities to boost sustained, inclusive, and resilient growth. Underestimating this transition could increase the creation of informal settlements and the concentration of population and economic activity in risk-prone areas, undermining...
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Central America Urbanization Review: Making Cities Work for Central America
Want to improve your climate knowledge? New @WorldBank online course starts on May 8. Enroll now! #LearnClimate

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Are the benefits of integrating with nearby countries in terms of growth and stability greater than those of integrating with the rest of the world? If the answer is yes, and given that geography already plays a role in favor of regional economic integration, a second question arises: Should policy act in favor of reinforcing regional integration or be neutral and let geography alone play its...
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Deeper Integration Vital for Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank Report Says
We want to hear from you: share your thoughts on how we can expand the scope and quality of education around the world. Take part in this 3 week e-Forum on "World Development Report 2018: Realizing the Promise of Education for Development" and make your voices heard: [ Link ] #WDR2018
Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. A new study found that the diseases caused by smoking account for US$ 422 billion in health care expenditures annually, representing almost 6% of global spending on health. Smoking causes close to 6 million deaths per year - more than the deaths from HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria combined. And the total economic cost of smoking...
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Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development
In #Africa, mobile phones are making it easier than ever for researchers to survey local populations.

Listening to Africa
Efforts to reduce disaster risk and poverty go hand in hand. Because disasters impoverish so many, disaster risk management is inseparable from poverty reduction policy, and vice versa. As climate change magnifies natural hazards, and because protection infrastructure alone cannot eliminate risk, a more resilient population has never been more critical to breaking the cycle of...
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Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters
Access to information and communication channels empowers women. In 13 countries on this chart, women access the internet at a higher rate than men. But this figure represents only one fifth of countries with data - in most the world, women are less likely to be internet users regardless of a country's region or income group.

And if you plot all the countries with available data, we see that...
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Chart: In These Countries, Internet Use is Higher Among Women than Men
Many economies prohibit women from working in certain jobs such as mining, construction, commercial transportation, manufacturing, using heavy machinery, and others. View the data on job restrictions in your country/region here. #IWD2017 #WomenBizLaw

Women, Business and the Law
A sobering look at what laws look like for women worldwide and a hopeful glimpse into what's being done to change them. Share now to get the word out that we need better #laws4women, which are better laws for everyone! #IWD2017 #WomenBizLaw
Happy International Women's Day! Today we are honoring women all over the world. Read their stories and share your own! [ Link ] #IWD2017

The World Bank Group is proud to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8.