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Four facets of water in MENA’s conflict and forced displacement crisis (Edoardo Borgomeo, Anders Jagerskog, Carmen Nonay, World Bank blogs)

Water splashing hands. (Photo: Shutterstock) When he first arrived in Jordan, Abd was shocked by the lack of water. He fled Syria in 2013 after the destruction of his house and out of fear for his children’s lives. But since arriving in Jordan, he has grown accustomed to conserving water and using less of it. […]

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It’s now or never: Let’s act on the climate ‘code red’ (Niels Holm-Nielsen, World Bank blogs)

Families enjoying an afternoon in Simon Bolivar Park in Bogotá, Colombia The “code red” climate crisis is upon us. Evidence of climate extremes—the recent flooding in India, Germany and China, and heatwaves and wildfires in Greece and North America—is stronger than ever. At the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), we are hopeful that […]

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MENA. COVID-19 inequities in MENA: How data and evidence can help us do better (Johannes Hoogeveen, Bilal Malaeb, Lokendra Phadera, World Bank blogs)

COVID-19 is revealing inequities between and within countries. Across the globe, poorer people tend to be more exposed to the risk of infection as they are more likely to have co-morbidities, less likely to be able to work from home, and more likely to live in multi-generational, large households in cramped conditions with limited access […]

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Africa – How to attract private finance to Africa’s development (World Bank blogs)

LUC EYRAUD, CATHERINE PATTILLO, ABEBE AEMRO SELASSIE African economies are at a pivotal juncture. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic activity to a standstill. Africa’s hard-won economic gains of the last two decades, critical in improving living standards, could be reversed. High public debt levels and the uncertain outlook for international aid limit the scope for growth through […]

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Indonesia – More productive jobs to embrace a more prosperous Indonesia (World Bank blogs)

Photo: Achmad/World Bank SATU KAHKONEN Indonesia has made great strides in becoming a middle-class country and is working to become a thriving high-income country by 2045. Recognizing the importance of job creation throughout this journey, the country has remained committed to creating conditions for robust job creation. Even as progress globally has been derailed by […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa – What is driving COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Sub-Saharan Africa? (World Bank blogs)

NEIA PRATA MENEZES, MULOONGO SIMUZINGILI, ZELALEM YILMA DEBEBE, FEDJA PIVODIC, ERNEST MASSIAH As African countries accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines, the issue of vaccine hesitancy looms. Globally, there has been a rise in general vaccine hesitancy but especially towards COVID-19 vaccines. In Africa, hesitancy must be viewed in the context of significant vaccine shortage; hesitancy does not explain […]

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Europe – Standing at a Crossroads: Economic Recovery Plans in EU Essential to Deliver Inclusive and Green Growth (World Bank blogs)

GALLINA ANDRONOVA VINCELETTE, REENA BADIANI-MAGNUSSON, MONA PRASAD write: Two years into a pandemic that has shaken the world, policymaking remains a delicate balance between protecting those who cannot always protect themselves, nurturing the recovery, and keeping debt at manageable levels. The unprecedented policy support from EU institutions and member state governments throughout the pandemic has helped to cushion the […]

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Peru – Better data for safe economic reactivation (World Bank blogs)

JEREMY VEILLARD, AAKASH MOHPAL, GABRIEL AGUIRRE MARTENS, MARÍA INÉS BADIN write: Peru is among the world’s hardest-hit countries by the pandemic. To date, it has the largest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita in the world. It turns out that the lockdown established in the country in May last year was only respected in richer parts of the […]

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EMDE Infrastructure Development – Asset recycling in EMDE infrastructure development can be a win-win-win (World Bank blogs)

SATHEESH SUNDARARAJAN writes: Notwithstanding different levels of estimates of the infrastructure gap from various global studies, one thing we can safely agree on is the massive infrastructure gap in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs). The impact of COVID has left many countries with even higher fiscal stress and competing investment priorities. Combined with climate change […]

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Rural resilience – It’s not only about insurance (World Bank blogs)

RACHEL SBERRO-KESSLER JOHN PLEVIN During a recent training session about The Role of Financial Market Solutions for Building Resilience to Shocks in Agriculture, we asked a simple question to a group of policy makers and private sector players: “Which financial services do you think play a role in boosting rural resilience?”  To our surprise, while participants were given the possibility to select several answers, many of them chose only one: […]

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Bangladesh/Bhutan/India/Nepal – Eastern Waterways Grid to benefit Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (World Bank blogs)

NATALYA STANKEVICH ERIK NORA ARNAB BANDYOPADHYAY Rivers are the oldest means of transport in the massive Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta, where a dense lattice of waterways once carried over 70 per cent of the goods and passengers within the region. Today, however, less than 2 percent of goods are transported by water. Eastern Waterways Grid to benefit […]

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Tanzania – Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods (John Morton, Nyambiri Kimacha, World Bank blogs)

It is mid-October in Dar es Salaam, and it has been pouring rain for hours. Halima, her children, and her neighbors are worried because their neighborhood is beginning to flood, just like in every rainy season. They live in Jangwani, one of the Wards near the city center and one of the city’s most flood-prone […]