Extreme weather events dominate the news but changing average weather patterns are proving equally devastating to poor and vulnerable people in climate hotspots across South Asia.
About 19 million people in Sri Lanka today live in locations that would become moderate or severe hotspots by 2050.
A new report provides the right data and climate simulations to help put in place incentives, policies and smart solutions to protect communities across the country.
Governments now have access to a large and growing range of financing instruments for rapidly mobilizing funds in the aftermath of a disaster. Instruments like reserve funds, contingent lines of credit, and insurance programs are critical for financing relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts, and they have a demonstrated impact on the ability of governments to manage large-scale disasters.
The report highlights the constrains to labor market entry in the face of Palestinian women, and provides recommendations going forward. The report, co-funded by the World Bank and Norway Representative Office to the Palestinian Territories, recognizes the protracted period of slow economic growth amid years of political instability and restrictions on access and mobility. However, the report makes a set of recommendations that can be implemented to improve employment and earning outcomes for skilled women.
DHAKA, September 20, 2018 — The government of Bangladesh today signed a $50 million grant financing agreement with the World Bank to help strengthen the government’s health care services, so they can respond to the health, nutrition, and family planning needs of the Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar.
VIENTIANE, September 20, 2018 – Lao PDR will test a new cross-cutting and evidence-based approach to reducing stunting in four northern provinces, with support from the World Bank. Representatives from the Ministries of Planning and Investment, Agriculture, Public Works and Transport, and Health, together with the World Bank, met today to discuss this strategy, which targets not only healthcare, but also diversified food production, improved hygiene, and social welfare programs.
Los niños que viven en los países con mayores tasas de mortalidad tienen hasta 60 veces más probabilidades de morir en los primeros cinco años de vida que los de los países donde la mortalidad es menor, según un informe.
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Les enfants vivant dans les pays enregistrant les taux de mortalité les plus élevés ont 60 fois plus de risques de mourir au cours des cinq premières années de leur vie que les enfants des pays enregistrant les taux de mortalité les plus faibles.
WASHINGTON, September 18, 2018— The World Bank today approved $25 million, including $4 million from Canada, to help Bangladesh provide education and support to heal the psychological wounds of Rohingya children and youth who have fled violence in Myanmar.
Despite massive economic, geographic and human potential, Iraq has suffered from decades of conflict and economic volatility. Over the past years alone, the war against Daesh has led to the death of thousands and a massive wave of internal displacement.
**US$37.75 million grant to benefit thousands of residents **
WASHINGTON, September 14, 2018 - The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$35.75 million grant to improve the climate resilience of Samoa’s road network and facilitate a rapid response in the event of a natural disaster. Thousands of residents in Samoa’s two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, will directly benefit from this investment.
A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – UN report
Children from the highest mortality countries are up to 60 times more likely to die in the first five years of life than those from the lowest mortality countries, report also says.
Last year’s record number of hurricanes of high intensity and the devastation which unfolded were stark reminders that countries can better prepare for and build resilience to shocks so that they don’t lose in one day what took years to achieve.
Baghdad, September 16, 2018 – The World Bank Group and the European Union signed today a €15.6 million (US$18.1 equivalent) technical assistance program to strengthen public financial management (PFM) oversight and accountability Institutions in Iraq and increase the efficiency in the management of public resources and delivery of services.
A year ago, hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, making small nations like Dominica lose more than 200% of its annual GDP in a matter of hours. Today, many countries are still rebuilding. With the threats of climate change – which increases the number and strength of extreme weather events – and another hurricane season already underway, these countries are undertaking a number of efforts.
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2018 – The World Bank approved the $80 million Niger Refugees and Host Communities Support Project (PARCA), which will improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for refugees and host communities in 15 communes in the Diffa, Tahoua and Tillabéri regions, and provide institutional support to local, regional and central government entities in those 3 regions, as well as the Agadez region.
Somalia Economic Update: Rapid Growth in Mobile Money
NAIROBI, September 13, 2018 - Somalia’s economy is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3–4 percent, according to the third Somalia Economic Update (SEU) published by the World Bank. Titled “Rapid Growth in Mobile Money: Stability or Vulnerability?”, the SEU assesses Somalia’s vibrant mobile money market, and provides concrete recommendations on introducing mobile money regulation that can boost a secure system for widespread financial inclusion.
Investing in Nutrition for a Better Future in Afghanistan
Afghanistan stands to gain enormous benefits by improving nutrition and reducing malnutrition, which can help boost its economic growth, productivity, and human capital development.
Baghdad, September 12, 2018 – The World Bank Group and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) signed today a US$500,000 (£400,000) grant agreement to support Iraq’s efforts to strengthen social protection systems, working closely with its Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
WASHINGTON, 12 septembre 2018 – La Banque mondiale a approuvé un financement de 80 millions de dollars en faveur du Projet d’appui aux réfugiés et aux communautés d’accueil (PARCA). Cette opération a pour objectif d’aider le Niger à améliorer l’accès aux services de base et aux débouchés économiques des réfugiés et des communautés hôtes dans 15 communes des régions de Diffa, Tahoua et Tillabéri, et d’apporter un soutien institutionnel aux autorités locales, régionales et centrales de ces trois régions et celle d’Agadez.