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07 Dec 2017 description
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This paper discusses agricultural insurance subsidies in detail and draws upon available literature and case study experiences to propose some good practice guidelines for their design and implementation. Any insurance subsidy needs to be carefully designed to be “smart”, in the sense that it is cost effective in achieving its underlying purpose, minimizes disincentive problems, and does not become a growing financial burden on the government.

29 Nov 2017 description
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Javier E. Báez, Alan Fuchs, Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán

1. Executive Summary

The region has made impressive strides in the struggle against poverty and income inequality The Latin America and Caribbean region has achieved remarkable economic and social progress over the last decade, gradually shifting toward middle-income status.

06 Nov 2017 description
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  • Convened under the Presidency of Fiji, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) will make history as the first-ever small island state COP. The negotiations will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Center in Bonn.

  • To support the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, the Bank Group is ramping up action around key focus areas such as mobilizing climate finance and supporting vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate impacts.

30 Oct 2017 description
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The government of Mexico, through its National Water Commission, has helped more than 90 water operators improve the efficiency of the water supply services they provide to their urban populations.


11 Oct 2017 description
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WASHINGTON, 28 septembre 2017 — Les programmes d’aide alimentaire et de coupons d’alimentation représentent un soutien vital pour les 1,5 milliard d’individus pauvres et vulnérables dans le monde. Selon un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale, une bonne compréhension du fonctionnement de ces programmes et de leurs liens avec les systèmes de protection sociale permet d’assurer la sécurité alimentaire et d’aider les pauvres.

29 Sep 2017 description
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BOGOTA, Colombia, 28 de septiembre - Expertos fiscales, economistas y ecologistas de renombre comienzan hoy un taller en Bogotá para estudiar cómo los ministerios de finanzas de América Latina pueden utilizar y diseñar instrumentos fiscales que mitiguen el impacto del cambio climático.

El foro "Reformas Fiscales Ambientales para el Crecimiento Bajo en Carbono" es organizado conjuntamente por el Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito Público de Colombia y la iniciativa denominada Climate Action Peer Exchange (CAPE).

28 Sep 2017 description
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WASHINGTON, September 28, 2017 –With 1.5 billion people covered globally, food and voucher programs provide an important lifeline for the poor and vulnerable. Understanding how those programs work, and how they connect to wider social protection systems is key to ensuring food security and helping the poor, says a new World Bank report.

24 Aug 2017 description
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Santiago, 21 de agosto 21 de 2017. La Alianza del Pacífico anunció que está realizando un estudio analítico para modelar la exposición ante desastres naturales de sus países miembros. El estudio se concentrará inicialmente en el riesgo sísmico y también está evaluando la posibilidad de emitir un bono catastrófico (Cat Bond) conjunto para transferir parte del riesgo a los mercados financieros.

05 Aug 2017 description
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Washington, DC, August 4, 2017 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or IBRD) issued catastrophe bonds that will provide Mexico with financial protection of up to $360 million against losses from earthquakes and tropical cyclones.

04 Aug 2017 description
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Washington, D.C., 4 de agosto de 2017 — El Banco Mundial (Banco Internacional de Reconstrucción y Fomento, BIRF) emitió bonos catastróficos que brindarán a México protección financiera por un monto de hasta US$360 millones ante pérdidas derivadas de terremotos y ciclones tropicales.

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.

10 Jun 2016 description

Washington/Londres/Rome – Une analyse contemporaine importante de la pratique de repas scolaires mondial, conçue pour aider à renforcer ces investissements sociaux cruciaux, a été publiée aujourd’hui par le Partnership for Child Development de l’Imperial College de Londres (PCD), le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) et la Banque Mondiale.

09 Jun 2016 description

WASHINGTON/LONDRES/ROMA – La Alianza para el Desarrollo Infantil del Imperial College de Londres (PCD por sus siglas en inglés), el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) y el Banco Mundial han hecho público hoy un importante análisis de las prácticas mundiales en comidas escolares, diseñado para ayudar a fortalecer este tipo de inversión social esencial.

09 Jun 2016 description

WASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, was released today by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank (WB).

12 May 2016 description
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  • En México, los programas forestales comunitarios otorgan medios de sustento y dan empleo a personas como Maribel Xóchitl y, al mismo tiempo, apoyan los objetivos relacionados con el clima.

  • Los bosques son un elemento clave para implementar el Acuerdo de París sobre Cambio Climático y estabilizar este problema de carácter mundial.

22 Apr 2015 description
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Over the last decade Latin America and the Caribbean region has achieved important progress towards the World Bank Group's goals of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting income growth of the bottom 40 percent, propelled by remarkable economic growth and falling income inequality. Despite this impressive performance, social progress has not been uniform over this period, and certain countries, subregions and even socioeconomic groups participated less in the growth process.

10 Mar 2015 description


The risk of a disaster can cause economic losses even before a disaster strikes. Investing in disaster resilience, therefore, can yield a ‘triple dividend’ by (1) avoiding losses when disasters strike; (2) unlocking development potential by stimulating innovation and bolstering economic activity in a context of reduced disaster-related background risk for investment; and (3) through the synergies of the social, environment and economic co-benefits of disaster risk management investments even if a disaster does not happen for many years.

15 Apr 2014 description
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The paper estimates the effects on presidential election returns in Mexico of a government climatic contingency transfer that is allocated through rainfall-indexed insurance. The analysis uses the discontinuity in payments that slightly deviate from a pre-established threshold, based on rainfall accumulation measured at local weather stations. It turns out that voters reward the incumbent presidential party for delivering drought relief compensation.

10 Apr 2014 description
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  • With over two million people infected in 2013, dengue cases hit a record high in the region.

A buzzing can be the first warning, then comes the bite. A few days later, headache, fatigue, high fever and sometimes nausea. Over 2.3 million Latin Americans had these symptoms last year. They were victims of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect that transmits dengue fever.