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Concentrating Solar Power Sparks Jobs, Technology, Investment in Morocco
 
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To learn more: https://tinyurl.com/y7v8ggq7 Concentrating Solar Power, CSP, is huge in Morocco. Literally, it’s huge. Panels almost the size of tennis courts stretch across acres of desert at the 4 Noor plants in Ouarzazate, providing enough power to light up Marrakesh at night. Learn how it’s done, what it means to the Moroccan economy and how it can be an attractive option for other countries in the region.
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What Will It Take to End Poverty in Vietnam?
 
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Tiếng Việt: http://bit.ly/1iSbWdE - Vietnam's poverty rate has fallen from nearly 60 percent to 20 percent in the past two decades, but challenges remain. Let's follow a story of two brothers born in a poor family, one living in the mountainous area, one migrating to the city, to respond to the question: What will it take to end poverty in Vietnam?
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Cool Farming: Growing Plants in Africa without Soil
 
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http://www.infoDev.org/climate - A Kenyan entrepreneur has adapted hydroponics, a technique that allows to grow plants without soil, to African climate. The technique that traditionally needs an energy-intensive climate control, now allows to grow plants in simple sheds without the use of electricity. Hydroponics Kenya is one of green enterprises supported by the World Bank / infoDev's Climate Technology Program, an initiative sponsored by the U.K.’s Department for International Development, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Aid), Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Breaking the Link Between Extreme Weather and Extreme Poverty
 
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http://wrld.bg/LiFR3061qsV - Natural disasters leave more than just a trail of devastation—they leave vulnerable communities further in the grip of poverty. A new report released by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank warns the impact of extreme weather on poverty is far more devastating than previously understood—outstripping all other estimates by as much as 60%. We can do much more to protect poor people from the shocks of natural disasters, which, as the report shows, cost the global economy $520 billion and force some 26 million people into poverty every year. Governments can work to make the poor #Unbreakable against extreme weather events. *** Credit: Check-In Films
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Drones Deliver Lifesaving Blood, Job Possibilities in Rwanda
 
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Join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim as he tests out a drone that delivers blood to 21 hospitals across rural Rwanda. Dr. Kim explains how this technology can save lives, and also create job opportunities. And for one farmer, receiving a blood transfusion from the sky seemed like a miracle.
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Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty
 
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Poor people are already at high risk from climate-related shocks, including crop failures from reduced rainfall, spikes in food prices after extreme weather events, and increased incidence of diseases after heat waves and floods. Without rapid, inclusive and climate-smart development, together with emissions-reductions efforts that protect the poor, there could be more than 100 million additional people in poverty by 2030, particularly in Africa and South Asia. Learn more about the impact of climate change on poverty with the newly released "Shockwaves" report: http://wrld.bg/UjmVL *** Video Produced By: Check-in Film http://checkinfilms.com/
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What is Impact Evaluation?
 
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By using impact evaluations, we know how effective our programs are and can make good, cost-effective decisions about future programs to reduce extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/sief.
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Perceptions of Indonesia's Inequality
 
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A 2014 survey shows different perceptions of inequality in Indonesia. Although it has climbed sharply recently, there are policy options to help overcome inequality in the country. The analysis in this video was prepared based on data collected by Lembaga Survei Indonesia in 2014.
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World Could Be 4 Degrees Hotter By End of This Century
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/climatechange - The World Bank warns that rising temperatures could be disastrous, and urges more action to "Turn Down the Heat." To learn more about the World Bank's involvement in energy please visit this link: http://bit.ly/13C0mAx
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Jobs, Clean Water and Education: The World Bank's Fund for the Poorest
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/IDA: About 1 billion people worldwide struggle with extreme poverty; but things are changing for the better. IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest, is supporting health care, education and other programs that will help lift more people out of poverty. https://www.facebook.com/IDA.WBG
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Bangladesh’s Farmers, Small Business Owners Prosper with Solar Power
 
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Solar power is changing lives in Bangladesh and has helped the South Asian country leapfrog into an era of using renewable energy to light up homes – and quickly going a step further. Clusters of solar panels in remote islands like Monpura and villages such as Saidpur are helping small business owners and farmers access affordable and reliable electricity to improve productivity and climb the rungs of economic prosperity.
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A Solar-Powered Solution to the Water Problem in Tanzania
 
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In parts of Tanzania, communities are installing solar panels to provide clean and sustainable energy to pump water. Thanks to solar water pumps, villagers can access clean water without travelling long distances to fetch water or spending a lot on diesel-powered pumps, which are costly to maintain and fuel.
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Water's Promise
 
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Water today is undervalued, misused and misallocated. Too many of us take it for granted - we turn on the tap and it flows. But did you know only 4% of Earth’s water is freshwater and only 0.5% of that is safe for human consumption? As shocks of drought and deluge unleash their devastation, water has forced itself to center stage. It demands that we change fundamentally; it asks that we value it profoundly. Do you value water? Join the High Level Panel on Water to keep the promise of #ivaluewater.
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Let Africa Trade With Africa
 
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In Africa, non-tariff trade barriers raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders. To further development, African governments must embrace regional integration, break down these barriers and help Africans trade with each other.
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How Do You Improve the Backbone of International Trade?
 
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http://lpi.worldbank.org - The LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance. The LPI 2014 allows for comparisons across 160 countries. Related links Press Release: http://wrld.bg/vCbVy Report: http://wrld.bg/vCcd6
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Afghanistan’s Capital Sees Improvements in Urban Transport
 
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Kabul’s residents are starting to find it easier to get around certain areas as the city’s urban infrastructure is upgraded through the construction of wider lanes, improved median strips, pedestrian sidewalks, proper drainage systems, and lighting. *** VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Mohammad Hossain is a municipal worker in central Kabu. He remembers a time when the central Silo Road was dusty, dirty, and unsafe. Today, Silo Road is a model of urban transportation, thanks to the Kabul Urban Transport Efficiency Improvement project. The project, implemented by Kabul Municipality, aims to improve urban transportation in Kabul city, easing traffic and pedestrian flow. The project results can be seen on busy Silo Road, with wide, asphalted lanes, an improved median strip, concrete sidewalks for pedestrians, a proper drainage system and street lamps. With funding support from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, the project has completed four infrastructural projects in Kabul, and will continue through 2019, improving transit, sanitation, and safety across the capital city.
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Solar Power Lights Up Rural Bolivia
 
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How do you turn on a light at night when you’ve left the power grid far, far behind? In Bolivia, the solution is solar power. This is one of several case studies in the upcoming State of Energy Access Report, supported by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). Solar panels are an economical option for more than 360,000 rural Bolivian households in remote areas that are not easily reached by power lines.
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TANZANIA: Rapid Bus Transit System saves Time and Money
 
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Dar es Salaam in Tanzania is a city on the move. This East African city has an average annual growth rate of 7%, so it’s bustling with people doing business; buying and selling goods and services. But, congested roadways and heavy traffic make it difficult for businesses to thrive in this port city, so the government and the World Bank have worked together to create a new Rapid Bus Transit system to speed up rush hour and get these busy Tanzanians where they need to be.
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Lifelong Learning and Equality of Opportunities for All
 
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Education is a powerful driver of development and is one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty. But for many, it isn’t as simple as just going to school. Today, 250 million children don’t know how to read even though many have been to school. To prosper in a rapidly changing world, all children need more than basic literacy and numeracy. They need to be creative, critical thinkers and problem-solvers. We are the first generation in human history to try to end extreme poverty. Let’s begin in school. http://www.worldbank.org/education Follow @wbg_education
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How is poverty measured?
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/poverty - Do you wonder how we measure poverty? Do you know how we do it, but have a hard time putting it into simple words? This 3 minute video explains the methodology that we used, how it works and why it is important. Go ahead! Use and share this video! And come to our website to learn more about poverty and equity!
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Nigeria’s Fish Farmers Take New Paths to Profitability
 
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For many Nigerian farmers, aquaculture means opportunity. The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program, or WAAPP, is helping make fish farms more productive, so that they can feed more Nigerians. And with innovations like the 'Smoking King' which extend the shelf-life of one of Nigeria’s staple foods, fish farming is becoming more profitable.
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Guinea Fowl Farming Hatches Jobs in Ghana
 
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Agriculture is one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty. In Ghana, the guinea fowl industry is showing us why. The livestock, which provides nutritious, low-fat food, also has the potential to create thousands of jobs and earn export revenue. We’re working with farmers, researchers and others in the region to expand the industry and turn it into an engine of job growth. http://wrld.bg/Tdrxh #AfricaFeedsAfrica
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Sharing Singapore’s Development Success
 
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Join World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific Victoria Kwakwa as she explores Singapore’s transformation in only five decades to become a high income economy. In addition to fostering innovations in infrastructure financing and urban development, the World Bank’s Singapore Hub for Infrastructure and Urban Development helps enable Singapore to further share the lessons learned in their development trajectory, with countries in the region and around the world.
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Health Systems Create Healthy Futures: Meet Maya
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/health - Meet Maya, whose healthy birth is the result of stronger health systems. Strengthening health systems is at the center of the World Bank's global strategy for health, nutrition, and population. We don't focus only on one disease or condition, we look at health as a whole -- what is preventing people from being healthy, how we can change this, and what impact it will have on development. Watch this short video to learn more.
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My Favorite Number: 77 Reasons We Need Poverty Data
 
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For an engaging pair of digit-loving World Bank economists, the number 77 brings up mixed emotions. That’s how many countries lack data on those living in poverty. Watch our intrepid economists explain why that’s bad news, and share their ideas on how to decrease the number 77 down to, oh say zero?
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China and Africa: Partnering for Growth
 
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Over the past two decades, China has become an important partner in Africa’s growth and development. The World Bank is working to further this relationship in order to help Africa close infrastructure gaps, reform its energy sector and boost growth and prosperity so that millions of people lift themselves out of poverty and realize their opportunities for a better life.
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Green Entrepreneurs Who Will Spark Your Imagination
 
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They are green and local — It’s a new generation of Kenyan entrepreneurs in Africa with big dreams of sustainable energy and the drive to see their innovative technologies in homes, farms, schools and industries throughout the continent. These local companies are getting guidance and support from the World Bank's Climate Technology Program (CTP) and its global network of Climate Innovation Centers. CTP is an initiative powered by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Aid), Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When you hear their stories, you might get a little inspired too. Tell us below what you think innovative entrepreneurs need most using #CleanTech #EndPoverty. Find more information at http://www.infoDev.org/climate | http://www.kenyacic.org/
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Planning for Africa’s Growing Cities
 
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By 2040, more than half of Africa’s population will live in cities. What does urbanization mean? What are the benefits and challenges? And how can we plan rapidly developing cities so that people can live happy and productive lives? Video courtesy of: www.discoverylearningalliance.org | On Twitter: @discovery_learn
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Sustainable Mobility for All
 
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The World Bank Group is working with public and private partners to make mobility more sustainable translates into transport systems that are more accessible, efficient, safer, and climate responsive. Sustainable Mobility for All #SuM4All
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Hans Rosling’s Favorite Number? Zero!
 
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Celebrated Swedish statistician Hans Rosling visits the World Bank and tells Pabsy Pabalan that he supports the Bank’s open data policy; believes statistics represent stories about people and that his favorite number is zero. Then he pulls out some dollar bills and things get even more interesting. #PabsyLive ABOUT PABSYLIVE A young professional and a native of the Philippines, Pabsy has become our star reporter and a trusted voice with young people. Her interviews capture a wide range of World Bank Group issues: agriculture and sustainability, food and water security, childhood development, forced marriage, climate change, microfinance, transportation, labor issues and regulations, and digital dividends. Read more: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/pabsylive-springs-meetings
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Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Triple Win
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/climatechange - Through higher yield production, climate resilient crops and increased carbon capture, Climate-Smart Agriculture can help the world produce the food it needs to prevent hunger.
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Pollution Chokes African Lives, Livelihoods
 
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Did you know that in the next decade many of the world’s largest cities will be in Africa? But water, air and indoor pollution are killing urban residents, and the poor suffer most. Watch what’s happening in Lagos, Nigeria and how life could be changed for the better.
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Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority
 
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Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%, from 416 million to 615 million. Despite its enormous health, social and economic burden, mental disorders continue to be driven into the shadows by stigma, prejudice and fear. Yet, according to a new WHO-led study, every US$ 1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work. #mentalhealthnow
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Solar Power in Mongolia
 
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Nomadic Mongolian herder families find a source of affordable, portable electricity with portable solar units that withstand their rugged lifestyle. With help from the World Bank, the solar program allows people living in one of the remotest regions on Earth to connect to a wider world.
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Taxi App Confessions: Joburg
 
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http://www.mlab.co.za - The team of entrepreneurs behind Aftarobot, a mobile phone app, has set out to revolutionize transportation in South Africa. Aftarobot links commuters and collective taxis, promising to slash hours off the average commute. The app is a result of infoDev's Mobile Innovation Program, which enables entrepreneurship in the mobile industry through venture incubation and acceleration. Aftarobot was developed at mLab South Africa (http://www.mlab.co.za)
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Learning for All
 
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Why is Learning for All the right goal for education worldwide? Join the World Bank as we help developing countries invest early, invest smartly, and invest in learning for all. http://www.worldbank.org/education/learningforall
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Vietnam: Sustainable Farming for Higher Productivity and a Better Environment
 
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Through modern technologies and partnerships with private companies, farmers in Vietnam have improved productivity and are helping protect the environment.
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Maasai Cattle, Biogas and Tires: Entrepreneurs Find Innovative Use For Slaughter Waste
 
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http://www.infoDev.org/climate - An enterprising business has been recycling blood from a Maasai slaughterhouse to create biogas for cooking. They even store the fuel in used tires, lessening the environmental impact of the operation. The project is one of the green enterprises supported by the World Bank / infoDev's Climate Technology Program, an initiative sponsored by the U.K.’s Department for International Development, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Aid), Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Transforming Urban Transport, Transforming Malaysia
 
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Malaysia’s rapid urbanization has led to increased levels of road congestion. Improving urban transportation is essential to reducing the high costs of traffic, boosting economic growth, and improving people’s lives. Read more: http://www.worldbank.org/malaysia
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Treating River Blindness and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases
 
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In the villages of Senegal and Mali, and across a large area of rural Africa, 100 million people are no longer at risk of contracting River Blindness. River blindness causes severe itching and discomfort and eventual blindness among infected people. Forty years ago, this disease was rampant around Africa's rivers and lakes. Today, is it all but eradicated thanks to a partnership that has brought life-saving medicines to the areas where they are needed most.
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Unlocking Potential: How Water and Sanitation Can Address Childhood Stunting
 
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Millions of children in the countries where the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Poverty Diagnostic research (https://www.worldbank.org/washpdinitiative) was conducted don’t have adequate access to any of the four factors of nutrition, including water and sanitation. Nearly one in three of them suffer stunted growth and brain development. But we can improve the human development outcomes in those countries by thinking and working differently. Check out the WASH Poverty Diagnostic Initiative to get a detailed picture of what needs to be done: https://www.worldbank.org/washpdinitiative
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Now is the Time to Invest in Resilient Cities
 
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In the last 30 years, floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, and other natural disasters have killed an estimated 2.3 million people and caused 3.5 trillion dollars in economic damage, leaving affected areas devastated for years after a disaster occurs. Investing in climate and disaster resilience may seem like a high upfront expense, but the benefits clearly outweigh the costs. If we don’t invest in resilience now, vulnerable cities simply won’t survive.
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From Dakar to Paris: Gourmet Products Sustainably Produced in Senegal
 
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http://www.infoDev.org/agribusiness - All green, all natural, all exotic: A small Senegalese company extracts new flavors from exotic fruits and appeals to gourmets around the world. The products are made without any artificial additives - and the local community is one of the beneficiaries of the successful business.
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Gender Equality as Smart Economics
 
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In recent years there have been significant gains in women's health and education, but gains in women's economic opportunities have been modest at best. This is not only unfair, but also inefficient, since increased women's labor force participation and earnings are associated with reduced poverty and faster growth. Women stand to benefit from their economic empowerment, but so do men, children and society as a whole. In sum, in addition to its intrinsic development value, there is a strong business case for expanding women's economic opportunities: it is smart economics. Renewing attention to women's economic empowerment and increasing investments in women are ways to promote economic development and reduce poverty.
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Bangladesh: Preserving Biodiversity in the Sundarbans (Bangla)
 
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The Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest and sanctuary for a number of the world's most endangered species. The forest has the largest single population of Bengal tigers in the world. But this unique ecosystem is under threat. We have to act now. We can save the Sunderbans - not just for us, but for generations to come. This documentary is based on the study ‘Securing a Resilient Future for the Bangladesh Sundarbans’ supported by the Australian, British, Netherlands, Norwegian, and Finnish governments and the South Asia Water Initiative. The study was coordinated with Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) and Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) and had contributions from international experts, IUCN Bangladesh, CEGIS, IWM and BCAS.
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IDA Works for Everyone: Gender Equality
 
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No country can end poverty without the full participation of women and men. Find out what IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, is doing to close the gender gap and boost prosperity for women. For more on IDA, visit http://ida.worldbank.org/ #IDAWorks
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The Data Minute: What is Inequality of Opportunity?
 
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http://www.worldbank.org/visualizeinequality - What happens when a person’s potential to succeed in life is simply determined by the lottery of birth? We call this Inequality of Opportunity. Characteristics like gender, economic circumstances, geography, and ethnicity can trap large groups of people in poverty, and specifically affect access to basic services among children. Watch this video to learn more about Inequality of Opportunity--what it is, how we measure it, and where you can find more information.
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Inspiration and Innovation are Lifting Bangladesh Out of Poverty
 
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There was a time when 70 percent of Bangladesh suffered from poverty. But the nation has made remarkable progress through innovative programs to promote solar power, education, equality, food security and health. Be inspired and watch how #ItsPossible to #EndPoverty. #IDAworks #ProsperBangladesh #OportunidadEs
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India Transforms Market for Rooftop Solar
 
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Endowed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India is making strides towards becoming a global solar superpower. Since 2009, when the country first launched the National Solar Mission, it has installed solar panels on large tracts of unused land across the country. To meet its energy needs, India has set itself the ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, forty percent of which is to come from rooftop solar.
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Gender & IDA: Fostering gender equality and empowerment
 
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In the poorest countries, gender inequities acutely limit opportunities for girls and women. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are among the most effective ways to combat poverty, hunger, and disease and to stimulate development that is truly sustainable.  IDA, the World Bank's Fund for the Poorest, has been working to expand girls' access to education and to create other opportunities for empowerment. As the largest source of concessional finance for low-income countries, IDA plays a critical role in investing in women's health and education and ensuring their equal access to economic opportunities. IDA is having a tangible impact on the ground in developing countries. Learn more: http://www.worldbank.org/ida/theme-gender.html IDA is a multi-issue institution, supporting the world's 81 poorest countries through a range of activities that pave the way toward equality, economic growth, job creation, and better living conditions. IDA places emphasis on four areas where support is urgently needed: gender, climate change, fragile and conflict-affected countries, and crisis response.
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