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There's No Place Like Home! Resilient Housing

18:22 | Apr 16th

This podcast explores the concepts and realities surrounding resilient housing. Through interviews, sound bites, and trips to countries where resilient housing is underway, our host, David Cavell, will teach you about the World Bank’s new effort to s...Show More
AFRONOMICS: M-Pesa and the rise of digital financial services in Africa

34:17 | Mar 27th

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region where the share of adults with a mobile money account now exceeds 10 percent. That mobile revolution began in Kenya. In this episode of Afronomics, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Albert Zeufack, speaks wi...Show More
Putting Nature to Work

04:43 | Mar 21st

This podcast explains how a new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience. In a new report from the World Bank and World Resources Instit...Show More
Rising To The Challenge Of A Changing World

04:25 | Nov 26th, 2018

In 2017, the World Bank with its partners launched a new initiative for a water-secure world, the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), housed within the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. This podcast provides a snapshot of its fir...Show More
AFRONOMICS : le Rwanda, en tête du classement CPIA

19:01 | Oct 4th, 2018

En 2017, près du tiers des 38 pays africains bénéficiant du guichet concessionnel IDA ont renforcé la qualité de leur politiques et institutions publiques par rapport à 2016. C’est l’une des conclusions de la dernière évaluation des politiques et des...Show More
AFRONOMICS: Rwanda tops Africa in CPIA ratings

31:28 | Oct 4th, 2018

In 2017, nearly third of the 38 African countries that receive the IDA concessional window, strengthened their policy and institutional quality compared to 2016. This is one of the findings of the World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assess...Show More
AFRONOMICS: protéger les économies côtières d’Afrique de l’Ouest

16:12 | Aug 21st, 2018

Aujourd'hui, environ 120 millions de personnes vivent le long des côtes ouest-africaines et sont menacées quotidiennement par l'érosion côtière et les inondations. De grandes portions de littoral ont disparu, emportant avec elles des maisons, des usi...Show More
AFRONOMICS: Protecting West Africa’s Coastal Economies

21:26 | Aug 21st, 2018

Today, there are about 120 million people living along the coast of West Africa who are threatened by coastal erosion and flooding on a daily basis. Large areas of coast line have disappeared, and with them houses, factories and roads. The economic l...Show More
From Water Scarce Cities to Water Secure Cities

07:15 | Jun 13th, 2018

Population growth, economic expansion and climate change are increasing the pressures on limited water supplies in cities around the world. A holistic approach is needed to help water scarce cities develop resilient strategies for long-term water sec...Show More
Let Everyone Reap the Benefits of Water

07:29 | May 10th, 2018

Water belongs to everyone and yet many are excluded from its benefits and often from ownership and control of this critical resource. Inclusion – ensuring everyone reaps the benefits of water – is central to achieving universal access to water and sa...Show More
AFRONOMICS: Africa’s Pulse Spring Edition Part 2: Access to Energy in Africa

20:20 | Apr 26th, 2018

Part Two of our discussion on Africa’s Pulse focusses on how African countries can improve access to electricity to accelerate progress in development outcomes, jobs and prosperity. We’re speaking with special topic author, Mike Toman, and member of ...Show More
Resilience To Survive and Thrive

04:53 | Apr 24th, 2018

What does resilience mean when it comes to water? Is it really that important? Experts explain in this podcast. Water World is a new podcast series brought to you by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice and the Global Water Security & Sanitation ...Show More
AFRONOMICS: Africas Pulse Spring Edition Part 1

13:19 | Apr 18th, 2018

AFRONOMICS: Africas Pulse Spring Edition Part 1 by Listen to the latest news, insights, and development highlights from the World Bank.
The Role of Development in Preventing Extremism

32:49 | Apr 6th, 2018

Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Program (UNDP), talks about how preventing violent extremism can help us reach the goal to end poverty.
Fixing The Institutions That Fix The Pipes

05:31 | Apr 6th, 2018

WaterWorld is a new podcast series brought to you by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice and the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP). It explores the issues that are crucial to delivering a water-secure and healthy world for all....Show More
Poland: A Development Success Story

16:23 | Mar 29th, 2018

Poland moved from middle-income to high-income status in less than 15 years. How did the country do this? Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, discusses Poland’s economic development. (This was recorded during the World Bank Annual Meeting...Show More
Designing Better Solutions for Development

13:37 | Mar 21st, 2018

Joe Gebbia, Co-founder of Airbnb, talks about the new digital economy and its impact on development.
Water Flows Through the SDGs

06:15 | Mar 20th, 2018

WaterWorld is a new podcast series brought to you by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice and the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP). It explores the issues that are crucial to delivering a water-secure and healthy world for all....Show More
Energy Resilience: Improving the Grid with Off-Grid Solutions.

17:51 | Mar 8th, 2018

Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative of the UN-Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, talks climate change, private sector investment, and global access to energy services.
Caribbean Islands: The Frontline of the War Against Climate Change?

11:27 | Mar 1st, 2018

Timothy Antoine, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, talks about resilience and sustainability in a hurricane-prone region.
From SDGs to Business: Partnership for Global Development

20:21 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Why are partnerships crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Jeremy Oppenheim, Program Director, Business and Sustainable Development Commission, and Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer of Aviva Investors, discuss...Show More
Women Entrepreneurs Take Businesses to the Next Level

12:54 | Feb 15th, 2018

Anta Babakar, Executive Director of Sedima, and Nour Al Hassan, Founder and CEO of Tarjama, discuss how women entrepreneurs play a critical role in economic development.
Universality: The Path to Reaching the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development

16:38 | Feb 8th, 2018

Amanda Farnan, GenUN Georgetown Campus Leader, and Mac Darrow, Representative, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights discuss how zero tolerance and global mobilization today is imperative in reaching the sustainable developm...Show More
Driving Into Sustainability

09:08 | Feb 1st, 2018

Raj Rao, Chief Executive Officer of Ford Smart Mobility, discusses transport mobility with Josh Slusher, Director of Global Entrepreneurs Council, United Nations Foundation.
Technology: A Leap Ahead for the Poor

05:41 | Jan 25th, 2018

Mary Snapp, Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, talks about how technology is the vehicle to a better future for the less fortunate during the 2017 World Bank Group Annual Meetings.
Farming to the Top: How Young Entrepreneurs Are Innovating Agriculture

13:06 | Jan 18th, 2018

Get inspired by Katrina Sasse, farmer at Leichhardt Fields, Australia, and Brian Ndyaguma, Project Manager and Entrepreneur, Uganda, as they talk about technologies in farming, how youth can help revive the agriculture sector and growing your own foo...Show More
Tackling Global Poverty: Jim Yong Kim on Maximizing Resources and Building Resilience

16:40 | Jan 11th, 2018

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim talks about the important connection between investing in human capital and economic growth.
Alliances and Collaboration: The Answer to Ending Extreme Poverty

09:40 | Jan 4th, 2018

Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO, and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of United Nations Foundation, discuss how working with partners can help build resilience and end extreme poverty by 2030.
Entering Uncharted Waters

04:09 | Oct 24th, 2017

New World Bank report Uncharted Waters presents new evidence on how increasingly erratic rainfall impacts farms, firms and families. It also shows that although floods and storm surges pose major threats, droughts are “misery in slow motion,” with i...Show More
AFRONOMICS on Africa's Pulse: A moderate recovery and the skills of the future

20:48 | Oct 10th, 2017

Join World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack for a discussion with lead economists Punam Chuhan-Pole, David Evans, and Cesar Calderon on the most recent economic trends that are impacting growth and development on the continent. Together...Show More
AFRONOMICS: Africa Leapfrogging through a Growth Mindset

14:57 | Oct 6th, 2017

In this edition of Afronomics, World Bank Africa Region Chief Economist, Albert Zeufack, speaks with Dr. Zaki Khoury of Microsoft at the Investing in Africa Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Dr. Zaki Khoury leads Microsoft with International, Multi-lateral, ...Show More
Fostering More Resilient Cities in Somalia

06:09 | Sep 6th, 2017

Across Africa and around the world, the urban poor, especially those in informal settlements, are increasingly faced with risks to their lives, health and livelihoods. In Somalia’s urban centers, the situation is particularly challenging. Cities that...Show More
AFRONOMICS: ITechpreneurship in Africa

23:32 | Jun 29th, 2017

Chief Economist of the World Bank's Africa Region, Albert Zeufack, chats with Silicon Valley’s Kamran Elahian about the power of disruptive technologies when it comes to development in Africa. For Elahian, disruptive technologies coupled with ramped ...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 7 - The Future of Data? (Cape Town Edition)

14:18 | May 17th, 2017

Earlier this year, hundreds of geeks gathered in South Africa for the first ever World Data Forum. Among them, was Tariq Khokhar. In a special edition marking the end of the first series of “Between 2 Geeks”, he reports on innovations in how data are...Show More
Bangladesh’s Farmers, Small Business Owners Prosper with Solar Power

03:40 | May 15th, 2017

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 villag...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 6: Collecting Data With Surveys is Easy, Right?

14:55 | May 11th, 2017

Globally, 77 countries still don’t have the data they need to adequately track and measure poverty. These data come from household surveys, but how exactly are these surveys designed, tested and run? Presenters Raka Banerjee and Tariq Khokhar speak w...Show More
PabsyLive: Real Queen of Katwe Strategizes to Empower Youth

04:23 | May 4th, 2017

Phiona Mutesi, the Ugandan chess champion who inspired the movie Queen of Katwe, shares with communications officer Pabsy Pabalan Mariano her strategies for advancing her own life through education, and empowering youth through her support of a found...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 5: A Renewable Energy Tipping Point?

15:08 | May 2nd, 2017

Has renewable energy reached the stage where it’s cheaper than fossil fuels? Presenters Tariq Khokhar and Raka Banerjee talk to Mafalda Duarte, head of the Climate Investment Funds, about the data behind renewables, and if we’re reaching a ‘tipping ...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 4: What Can You Measure with Cell Phone Metadata?

14:49 | Apr 25th, 2017

What do our cell phones reveal about society’s poverty or prosperity? This week’s edition of 'Between 2 Geeks’ looks at the way that metadata from our phones paints a picture of our collective behavior. Presenters Tariq Khokhar and Andrew Whitby tal...Show More
Africa’s Pulse: Focus on Closing the Infrastructure Gap to Increase Growth

23:58 | Apr 19th, 2017

World Bank Africa Region Chief Economist, Albert Zeufack and Africa’s Pulse Lead author, Punam Chuhan Pole discuss the most recent Africa’ Pulse report. In this issue the Pulse tackles Sub-Saharan Africa’s projected moderate growth of 2.6 percent, ...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 3: Getting an Education on Education

14:47 | Apr 18th, 2017

Testing helps evaluate the performance and progress of pupils in the classroom. But what is the best way to judge the effectiveness of an educational system as a whole? In this week’s edition of ‘Between 2 Geeks, Presenters Tariq Khokhar and Raka Ba...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 2: Climate Change, Anomalies, and the New Normal

14:50 | Apr 11th, 2017

What’s the connection between dice and climate change? Find out in this week’s edition of ‘Between 2 Geeks’ - the World Bank’s podcast that looks at the data behind international development. Presenters Tariq Khokhar and Andrew Whitby talk to Dr. Ana...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: Episode 1: The Ups and Downs of Demography

14:52 | Apr 4th, 2017

Where in the world is the population growing, where is it shrinking, and why are there such variations? The first episode of Between 2 Geeks looks at the data behind demography. Presenters Tariq Khokhar and Raka Banerjee are joined by Dr. John May – ...Show More
Between 2 Geeks: A New Podcast About Data and Development

00:48 | Mar 31st, 2017

Hear about the World Bank’s new podcast series ‘Between Two Geeks,’ which delves into the numerical side of life around the world. In the first episode, presenters Tariq Khokhar and Raka Banerjee look into the data behind demography with help from on...Show More
In Nigeria, Changing Behavior Through Entertainment Television

07:14 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Can a soap opera change lives? In Nigeria, the MTV drama, Shuga, is encouraging young people to get HIV-tested and reduce risk-taking, according to a new study by economists Abhijit Banerjee, Eliana La Ferrara and Victor Hugo Orozco-Olvera. In this p...Show More
Spotlight: Trade Portal to Help Nepalese Exporters Thrive

03:06 | Jan 17th, 2017

Fashionable clothes. Fun felt toys. Tasty tea. Organic Ginger. Nepal has plenty of goods to export across the globe - and that will be easier with the launch of a new Trade Information Portal, financed under the Nepal-India Regional Trade and Transpo...Show More
IDA 101: World Bank’s Fund for the Poorest Takes on Issues for the Global Good

11:28 | Dec 8th, 2016

IDA, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, is the largest source of concessional finance for the world’s poorest countries. As the fund prepares for its triennial replenishment, to be held Dec. 14-15, 2016, in Indonesia, we talk with IDA Director Li...Show More
Higher Revenue, Easier Filing: How Armenia Improved the Way its Citizens Pay Taxes

05:37 | Dec 5th, 2016

Armenia was faced with a slowing economy, sinking remittances, and inefficient tax administration. At the same time, ordinary taxpayers had to navigate arduous processes when paying taxes. The Armenian government was eager to reform its tax administr...Show More
News Highlights: The Central African Republic: Finding Peace and Prosperity after Conflict

04:16 | Nov 29th, 2016

In the Central African Republic, recovery and reconstruction after its most recent civil war will take time, political will, courage and perseverance. But there is hope. After three years of unprecedented violence and civil strife, the recent presi...Show More
Actualités : Le combat de la Centrafrique pour la paix et la prospérité

03:46 | Nov 29th, 2016

Faustin Touadéra, le président de la République centrafricaine, s’est donné pour priorité de remettre les agriculteurs au travail, de consolider la paix, de désarmer et réinsérer les anciens combattants dans la société alors que le pays se relève à p...Show More
Spotlight: Kenya Cooks with Improved Stoves

03:35 | Nov 16th, 2016

Gone are the days when women used dangerous and smoky stoves. Now, they’re entrepreneurs and promoters of improved stoves that save money. This is one of several case studies in the upcoming State of Energy Access Report, supported by the World Bank’...Show More
PabsyLive: Free Digital Identification Brings Services to the Poor

03:07 | Oct 18th, 2016

A free digital ID system in India is bringing financial services such as bank accounts and insurance to millions of people for the first time. World Bank's Pabsy Pabalan speaks with Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey to learn how a new, verifiable ID can improv...Show More
Bookmark: Global Trade as Child’s Play

07:58 | Oct 3rd, 2016

As Treasurer of the World Bank, Gene Rotberg was at the front line in contending with complicated global economic issues. Despite retiring from the post almost three decades ago, he maintained an interest and passion in explaining the matters that oc...Show More
Bookmark: Fictional Mystery, Real Life Tragedy in Somalia

07:46 | Sep 26th, 2016

Veronica Li’s experience as a World Bank loans officer in Somalia over twenty years, gave birth to her literary alter-ego – a highly trained intelligence officer who uses her mind and her physical prowess to uncover intrigue, murder, and murky goings...Show More
Bookmark: A Dickensian Literary Curiosity from a Former Head Researcher

07:22 | Sep 19th, 2016

Lyn Squire was once head of research for the World Bank Group. But the qualities that he possessed in his career have not left him, even if he has retired from the institution. In his first novel, ‘The Last Chapter, he combines his inquisitive natur...Show More
Bookmark: An Unburdening and Insider’s View of Modern Iran

07:30 | Sep 13th, 2016

Nazila Fathi was a little girl when the Iranian Revolution took place, and she grew up in the shadows of the upheaval and changes wrought by the new regime. She went on to become an accomplished journalist in her home country writing for a number for...Show More
Bookmark: Food as Medicine to Heal Cambodia’s Wounds

07:12 | Sep 6th, 2016

Narin Seng Jamison was born and brought up in Cambodia, but despite living for most of her life outside her home country, it remains very much with her. Her book ‘Cooking the Cambodian Way: The Intertwined Story of Cooking and Culture in Cambodia’ is...Show More
Bookmark: Adventures in Dystopia - A Novel View of the Modern World?

07:38 | Aug 29th, 2016

Daniel Sellen has worked in almost thirty countries around the globe for the World Bank. He’s now dedicated to ensuring the well-being of the employees as chair of the Staff Association. His experience in DC and far beyond is the basis for his novel...Show More
Bookmark: A Cheetah's Tale for Children - An Ecologist's Story from the Plains of Africa

07:07 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Agi Kiss is an ecologist with a passion for Africa. Having spent a number of years working for the World Bank in Kenya she was inspired by what she saw of the wildlife to write a story for children. Her book tells the story of a cheetah and her brood...Show More
A Greener World Through Cinema: Connect4Climate at World Premieres Film Festival

02:36 | Aug 15th, 2016

Lights, camera, #climateaction! Connect4Climate partnered with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to present the Cine Verde section at the World Premieres Film Festival in Manila. It showcased film producers that use the power of ...Show More
PabsyLive: Procuring the Future

03:30 | Jul 27th, 2016

The World Bank is adopting a new policy governing procurement in projects financed by the Bank. Join communications officer Pabsy Pabalan and Robert Hunja, World Bank Director for Solutions and Innovations in Procurement, as they delve into the new s...Show More
Spotlight: Improving Sustainable Forest Management in Brazil and Mozambique

03:39 | Jul 19th, 2016

Brazil and Mozambique are both countries under the Forest Investment Program. They share similar types of forests – the Miombo in Mozambique and the Cerrado in Brazil – and a common challenge: how to ensure forests contribute to rural livelihoods. Sp...Show More
PabsyLive Star Wars Edition: Lessons From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

04:10 | Jul 12th, 2016

Author Cass Sunstein has just released a book titled "The World According to Star Wars", a look at what lessons Star Wars can teach us. Join Pabsy Pabalan as she speaks to the author to learn how Star Wars applies to the conflicts and challenges of t...Show More
Ideas Unbound: WDR 2012 and the World Bank Group Gender Strategy

13:10 | Jun 28th, 2016

Nearly five years after its publication, Ana Revenga and Sudhir Shetty, the Co-Directors of the World Development Report 2012 on “Gender Equality and Development,” look back on the report’s impact, and Caren Grown, Senior Director of the gender group...Show More
How to Support Displaced Populations and Refugees in Urban Areas

03:30 | Jun 20th, 2016

Half of internally displaced people and 60% of refugees globally now live in towns and cities, where many of them live in rapidly growing informal settlements, lacking access to basic services, and often in dangerous areas. Those populations may be ...Show More
Spotlight: Sourcebook Shows How School Feeding Can Work for Communities

05:56 | Jun 7th, 2016

Childhood hunger is an issue that many countries are already addressing, often with school feeding programs aimed at getting kids to school, and keeping them there. Data show that successful school feeding programs can increase enrollment and reduce...Show More
Forced Displacement: A Global Development Challenge

05:17 | May 24th, 2016

The number of displaced worldwide, has reached a historic high. To cope with this situation, the World Bank Group with the United Nations and other partners held a discussion during the 2016 IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meetings to explore what can be...Show More
Journalists Building a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

07:36 | May 19th, 2016

140 journalists from over 40 African countries attended a workshop in Elmina, Ghana, designed to give them a better understanding of the consequences of climate change on fisheries, the effects of illegal fishing and overfishing, and their impact on ...Show More
Ideas Unbound: Shock Waves (Part 2)

12:26 | May 3rd, 2016

This episode concludes a discussion with Stephane Hallegatte and Mook Bangalore, two of the authors of the report “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty.” The authors discuss how simultaneously working to mitigate climate cha...Show More
PabsyLive: Why Forests Matter

02:37 | Apr 28th, 2016

Dr. Myrna Cunningham, from the indigenous Miskito community in Nicaragua, knows a lot about indigenous peoples, forests, and climate change. Join Pabsy Pabalan as she uncovers some fascinating lore about the importance of forests. Watch Myrna and ot...Show More
PabsyLive: Innovative Ways to Stop Gender-Based Violence

02:44 | Apr 25th, 2016

This year the World Bank is awarding nine programs from around the world that are working to end gender-based violence, especially against the poor and vulnerable. Join Pabsy Pabalan as she finds out more about one program in Thailand that is helping...Show More
Girl’s Power

05:32 | Apr 21st, 2016

During the 2016 IMF/World Bank Group’s Spring Meetings in Washington, the World Bank Group has announced that it will invest $2.5 billion in education projects targeting adolescent girls. It will help millions of girls particularly in Africa and Asia...Show More
Ideas Unbound: Shock Waves (Part 1)

12:10 | Apr 19th, 2016

In this episode – the first of two parts – Dan and Andres talk with Stephane Hallegatte and Mook Bangalore, two of the authors of the report “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty.” The report finds that, without action, the...Show More
Ideas Unbound: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh

06:34 | Apr 7th, 2016

In this episode, Jewel and Andres talk to Iffat Mahmud, one of the authors of the book Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh: Can Building Toilets Affect Children’s Growth? This book presents the evidence on the relationship between...Show More
Spotlight: Baby Gets a Nice Welcome in Kenya

03:40 | Mar 16th, 2016

In rural Kenya, giving birth at home can be risky, and thousands of mothers die each year from complications. Now, more women are delivering at health facilities, due to innovative programs that reward both moms and healthcare workers. The result is ...Show More
Bringing Lake Victoria Back to Life

07:37 | Feb 29th, 2016

Stephen Ling, natural resources specialist with the World Bank takes us on a journey to save the largest freshwater lake in Africa - Lake Victoria. It involves governments of five countries but at the heart of the effort, is the involvement of the c...Show More
Clean Electricity for Africa

04:07 | Feb 25th, 2016

A lack of electricity is keeping millions of African communities and businesses in the dark. The Climate Investment Funds are working with many countries across the continent to help them spark an energy revolution and transform their economies. T...Show More
Spotlight: Collaboration Brings ‘Amazing’ Achievements in West African Agriculture

06:25 | Feb 11th, 2016

West Africa’s agricultural sector is collaborating like never before on innovative ways to feed the region—and the results are ‘amazing’. The World Bank’s Abdoulaye Toure says that West Africa’s food system can reach its full potential when countries...Show More
Creating a Solar Superpower

04:14 | Feb 4th, 2016

Concentrated Solar Power, or CSP, holds vast potential due to its ability to provide reliable, large-scale power even when the sun is not shining. Morocco has just launched the first phase of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the wo...Show More
PabsyLive: If You Can Read This Headline, You Have Access Others May Lack

02:30 | Feb 1st, 2016

A new report shows that the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ extend to the digital world. World Bank Communications Officer Pabsy Pabalan asks report author Indhira Santos to explain how to go from digital divides to digital dividends. Learn more about h...Show More
PabsyLive: Transporting a World Out of Poverty

03:51 | Jan 20th, 2016

How to get to our goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030? How about we ride a bike – or take the bus? Transportation expert José Viegas explains to World Bank communications officer Pabsy Pabalan why sustainable transportation is an important part of...Show More
Ideas Unbound: Women, Business and the Law

05:05 | Jan 12th, 2016

By measuring where the law treats men and women differently, Women, Business and the Law 2016 shines a light on how women's incentives or capacity to work are affected by the legal environment and provides a basis for improving regulation. The report...Show More
When the Emperor Reaches Out to the Citizen: Pakistan Launches Anti-Corruption Campaign

05:09 | Jan 12th, 2016

As in many countries, obtaining a passport in Pakistan can be arduous. Lines are long, and unscrupulous people often ask for bribes to speed up applications. In an effort to solve this problem, Pakistan’s government now sends this simple text message...Show More
Spotlight: How Getting Paid on Time Leads to Better Healthcare Delivery

04:44 | Dec 28th, 2015

It’s fascinating how one small change in payments processing can create a ripple effect that changes worlds. In Bihar, India, women are now receiving timely incentive payments, which means better healthcare for their babies and means new access to fi...Show More
News Highlights: Central African Republic Voters Brave Violence to Leave their Mark

04:36 | Dec 17th, 2015

Despite the threat of violence, outbreaks of gunfire and delays at polling stations, citizens of the Central African Republic turned out for the December 13th referendum on a new constitution. The referendum on the constitution is part of the elec...Show More
Going Universal: How 24 Developing Countries Are Implementing Universal Health Coverage Reforms

08:24 | Dec 8th, 2015

Dan: Hey, Paschal. Take a moment to think about your health. Breathe in; breathe out. How do you feel today? Good? Paschal: Pretty Good. Dan: Great. We all know that good health is an important part of day-to-day life. If you are not feeling well, yo...Show More
L’agriculture climato-intelligente : une aubaine pour les fermiers sénégalais

05:35 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Au Sénégal, les petits producteurs récoltent les bénéfices de pratiques agricoles climato-intelligentes. Grâce aux semences certifiées et aux nouvelles technologies, ils produisent davantage de vivres pour leurs familles, font mieux face aux effets d...Show More
Spotlight: Senegal's Farmers Reap Rewards of Climate-Smart Agriculture

05:58 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Narrator: There’s a line out the door at the Sope Nabi Bakery in Thies, Senegal. The bread that’s sold here is delicious, but it’s special for another reason. It’s made of a composite flour that uses local climate-smart crop varieties. The World Bank...Show More
Africa’s Demographic Transition: Dividend or Disaster?

05:10 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the world’s highest fertility rates, a young population, and a significant number of dependent youths. This demographic composition could be leveraged for greater prosperity, or lead to challenges that increase poverty....Show More
Actualités : Makhtar Diop à propos du nouveau Business plan pour le climat en Afrique

02:19 | Nov 24th, 2015

Face à un changement et une variabilité climatiques entravant le développement de l’Afrique subsaharienne, un nouveau plan de la Banque mondiale présente les actions nécessaires à mener pour améliorer la résilience face au climat et promouvoir un dév...Show More
News Highlights: Makhtar Diop on the new Africa Climate Business Plan

02:32 | Nov 24th, 2015

The World Bank Group today unveiled a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent’s resilience to climate shocks. Titled Accelerating Climate-Resilient and L...Show More
#Music4Dev Catches Dengue Fever

07:39 | Nov 18th, 2015

The Los Angeles-based band shares their twist on Cambodian ‘60s rock, a musical style that was nearly wiped out during the Khmer Rouge era, and talks about Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit that pairs traditional artists with young people as a mean...Show More
My Favorite Number: 77 Reasons We Need Poverty Data

05:02 | Nov 10th, 2015

For an engaging pair of digit-loving World Bank economists, Nobuo Yoshida and Umar Serajuddin, 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 ba...Show More
Community Resilience: What It Takes To Curb Violence in Cities

09:39 | Oct 30th, 2015

The world is urbanizing at staggering, unprecedented rates. With rapid urbanization, fragile cities can emerge with “differently” governed spaces and subsequently, rising levels of crime and violence. Affecting more acutely the poorest and most margi...Show More
Climate Services - Knowledge is Power

04:32 | Oct 28th, 2015

If knowledge is power, then few tools are as powerful as climate services. The Climate Investment Funds is helping communities and countries hit by changing weather not just survive but thrive by getting the right information to the right people at ...Show More
Civil Society Townhall: Democracy at Work

06:52 | Oct 26th, 2015

Going to an event at the 2015 World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru can be a daunting exercise. There are meetings at all hours of the day. Several meetings that you would have wanted to go to are running conjoint...Show More
Spotlight: Uganda Economic Update 6: Better land management can support economic growth

06:51 | Oct 21st, 2015

Throughout the last 20 years, Uganda’s population density has been growing rapidly, placing significant pressure on the use of land. If managed properly, this increase can support economic growth, but the right systems must be in place to promote eff...Show More
Food Power

09:14 | Oct 20th, 2015

With its large number of participants, important seminars and meetings held in conjunction with the 2015 World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru, it was particularly difficult to choose which event to focus on. However, in this city, known...Show More
Peru, Becomes Economic Capital of the World for a Week

07:01 | Oct 19th, 2015

The 2015 World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings took place in Lima, Peru, from October 9-11, bringing together 16,000 participants from 188 countries. This major event featured seminars, regional briefings and press conferences,...Show More
Spotlight: Guinea Fowl Could Hatch Thousands of Jobs in Ghana

04:37 | Oct 12th, 2015

The livestock market in Garu Tempane is buzzing with activity as buyers and sellers rush to make a deal before closing time. There are vendors selling chickens and goats but guinea fowl seems to be an especially big draw. This is because in Ghana, g...Show More
PabsyLive: How to Feed the World Sustainably

03:31 | Oct 6th, 2015

We want to create a system that feeds every person, everywhere, every day. It sounds like a dream, but it could be a reality. Especially if we take steps to make agriculture climate-smart -- more productive, more resilient and less harmful to the env...Show More
PabsyLive: Jim Kim Has a Youthful Outlook

02:24 | Oct 5th, 2015

Open a business. Find a passion. Start a movement. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim tells Pabsy Pabalan that young people have the power to make a lasting impact on the movement to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. The two caugh...Show More
Actualités : Le ralentissement de la croissance: une opportunité pour l’Afrique ?

05:54 | Oct 5th, 2015

Selon Makhtar Diop, vice-président de la Banque mondiale pour l’Afrique, le ralentissement de la croissance représente une opportunité pour les pays africains de changer la structure de leurs économies. Éditions précédentes d'Africa's Pulse Avril 201...Show More
News Highlights: Growth Slows in Sub-Saharan Africa

05:19 | Oct 5th, 2015

World Bank Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, discusses the regions slowing growth amid weak global financial conditions. Africa's slowing growth is one of the findings of the Fall 2015 Africa's Pulse Report, a biannual publication of The World...Show More
Spotlight: Helping Small Traders in Africa's Great Lakes Region Get Their Goods to Market

03:15 | Sep 25th, 2015

A new initiative launched by the World Bank and the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda aims to address the daily hazards faced by small scale traders and at the same time boost a vital part of the region’s growing econ...Show More
#Music4Dev Guest Drew Holcomb: Ending Poverty Means Beginning Opportunity

12:52 | Sep 17th, 2015

The Nashville singer/songwriter stopped by World Bank to share some of his music and talk about his work with charitable organizations like One Egg and Blood: Water. He also urges fans to do their part to end poverty. To watch the interview and conc...Show More
Rachel Kyte on Why We Need a Strong Climate Deal

04:32 | Sep 14th, 2015

Three months from now, negotiators from around the globe will be in Paris to finalize an accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin slowing the impacts of climate change. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Cli...Show More
Geothermal: From Promise to Power

06:37 | Sep 8th, 2015

As the world strives to curb greenhouse gas emissions and scale up low carbon energy solutions, geothermal power holds tremendous promise as one of the most plentiful and cheapest renewable energy options available. The Climate Investment Funds deliv...Show More
What Makes for a Game-Changing Investment to Secure Ghana’s Energy Future

04:26 | Sep 3rd, 2015

In recent years, Ghana has suffered serious energy shortages that have affected the poor the most. The World Bank Group’s one-of-a-kind $700 million in guarantees for the “Sankofa Gas Project” aims to change that. Listen to the World Bank’s Anita Mar...Show More
Spotlight: Using Empirical Evidence to Improve Public Policy

03:16 | Sep 1st, 2015

Most government policies have the potential to broaden equality and bring positive change to the lives of individuals and communities. However, even well-designed policies can have unintended negatives consequences on certain groups of the population...Show More
Spotlight: Kenya’s medical supply agency transforms to improve service delivery, and save lives

06:08 | Aug 31st, 2015

It is a large warehouse, with racks up to the ceiling. It is big, bright and humming with activity. Workers in white coats are going through purchase orders, using hand held scanners to pick items off the shelves: bottles of cough syrup, inhalers, ...Show More
PabsyLive: Tennis Star Djokovic Teams Up With World Bank

03:46 | Aug 31st, 2015

Novak Djokovic may be known as the number one tennis player in the world, but his not-so-secret passion is helping children. The World Bank Group's Pabsy Pabalan catches up with Novak and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at UNICEF headquarters...Show More
#Music4Dev: Oakland Musician Fantastic Negrito on Cultural Preservation

10:12 | Aug 27th, 2015

Fantastic Negrito celebrates and preserves African-American culture through music. For more information visit: Questions asked in this interview: 00:34 You’ve switched to the name Fantastic Negrito, can you tell me what’s behi...Show More
#Music4Dev Guest Star Nneka to Women: “Don’t let anyone intimidate you”

08:54 | Aug 10th, 2015

Nigerian star Nneka stops by World Bank headquarters to share her music and talk about women’s rights. For more information go to: At 03:49, Nneka performs her song "My Home"
Actualités : Lever les obstacles au commerce régional pour nourrir l’Afrique de l’Ouest

04:07 | Aug 5th, 2015

Lever les obstacles au commerce régional pour nourrir l’Afrique de l’Ouest L'insécurité alimentaire, le manque de productivité agricole et les obstacles au commerce en Afrique de l'Ouest, sont des problèmes bien connus. Dans cette région où vivent ...Show More
#Music4Dev with D’Banj: Ending Poverty One Song at a Time

06:59 | Aug 3rd, 2015

The Nigerian superstar shows his support for gender equality with his new single, ExtraOrdinary.
News Highlights: Strengthening Ghana's Energy Future

01:39 | Jul 30th, 2015

World Bank Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, discusses the importance of The Bank's support for the development of Ghana's SANKOFA Gas Project.
Spotlight: Win-Win Solutions for Food Staple Trade in West Africa

04:59 | Jul 28th, 2015

Food insecurity caused by fragility, lack of agricultural progress and trade barriers in West Africa is a well-documented concern. A 2012 World Bank report, Africa Can Help Feed Africa showed that increasing the supply of food staples could be improv...Show More
Grameen Bank Founder Has Tips for Entrepreneurs

05:16 | Jul 27th, 2015

Muhammad Yunus (Organization Leader),Microfinance (Industry),World Bank Group (Organization),Nobel Prize (Award),Nobel Peace Prize (Award Category),social business,Social Enterprise (Organization Type),access to finance,finance,financial inclusion I...Show More
Saving Coffee: Combating Coffee Rust in Central America

03:27 | Jul 14th, 2015 The coffee rust fungus, also known as “La Roya,” is destroying coffee farms across Central America. How is this affecting farmers? What are the ways large global coffee buyers are adapting to changes in their supply chains? Pabs...Show More
Learning from Poland’s Development Experience

04:29 | Jul 13th, 2015

Poland’s development experience over the past few decades can provide many lessons for countries seeking to determine their own transition paths. On 22-23 June, 2015, development professionals from Poland and the Eastern Partnership countries got tog...Show More
The Golden Aging of Europe and Central Asia

02:34 | Jul 7th, 2015

A new report shows that populations across Europe and Central Asia are aging, but people are not living longer. What does that mean for health, education, and pension systems? And what are the opportunities of aging societies? Pabsy Pabalan finds som...Show More
Hans Rosling’s Favorite Number? Zero!

04:07 | Jun 30th, 2015

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 d...Show More
Spotlight: Pollution Chokes African Lives, Livelihoods

04:31 | Jun 16th, 2015

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 chang...Show More
Spotlight: Improving the Livelihoods of Sahel Pastoral Communities.

04:29 | May 29th, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 50 million pastoralists. Helping pastoralists and agro-pastoralists by increasing access to productive assets, services and markets is key to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The Regional Sahel Pa...Show More
Coup de projecteur : Améliorer les conditions de vie des communautés pastorales au Sahel

04:27 | May 29th, 2015

L’Afrique subsaharienne abrite plus de 50 millions d’éleveurs nomades. Pour pouvoir mettre fin à la pauvreté et promouvoir une prospérité partagée, il est donc essentiel de venir en aide à ces pasteurs, en élargissant leur accès à des biens productif...Show More
Spotlight: A Cleaned Up Tale of Two Cities

04:37 | May 18th, 2015

Pensri sells food on the side of the road in Bangkok, and Francesca is a nurse in Santiago. A generation ago both women were suffering from pollution-related illnesses, but now they’re healthy thanks in part to bold moves to clean up their cities. L...Show More
Actualités : Une nouvelle ère de développement pour le Tchad

02:44 | May 13th, 2015

Le Tchad vient d’atteindre le point d'achèvement de l'initiative en faveur des pays pauvres très endettés (initiative PPTE), mécanisme international d'allégement de la dette ciblant les pays les plus pauvres. En conséquence, le FMI et la Banque mondi...Show More
News Highlights: Chad Reaches HIPC Initiative Completion

02:21 | May 13th, 2015

Chad, Africa’s fifth largest country, has reached the completion point of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, an international debt relief mechanism that provides special assistance to the world's poorest countries. As a result, the...Show More
Spotlight: Unlocking the Potential of the Tourism Industry for Tanzanians

03:17 | May 5th, 2015

With popular attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the archipelago of Zanzibar, Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Tourism is the main foreign exchange earner for the Tanzanian economy; an estimated 2 millio...Show More
News Highlights: Faith Leaders Endorse World Bank Group Poverty Goals

02:15 | Apr 17th, 2015

Over 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations today launched a call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030, a goal shared by the World Bank Group. Listen to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim outline ...Show More
News Highlights: World Bank Group Outlines Plan to End Hunger

01:21 | Apr 17th, 2015

Even with 800 million people going to bed hungry every night, countries can end hunger by 2030 if they create systems that raise agricultural productivity in rural areas, improve nutritional outcomes, and invest in more climate-smart agriculture that...Show More
Africa's Pulse Spring 2015

03:37 | Apr 13th, 2015

Falling commodity prices, including tumbling oil prices, have slowed Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth this year. The World Bank Group reports that growth in the region has dropped to 4.0 percent in 2015, from 4.5 percent in 2014. The downturn largely r...Show More
Spotlight: Health Workers on Ebola Frontlines

04:26 | Apr 6th, 2015

Mohammed Sidie Sheriff (or Sidie as he is known) is one of nearly 900 health workers who have been infected during the current outbreak of Ebola. The lab technician at Maculey Street Government Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone completed as many a...Show More
Learning From Japan: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

02:34 | Mar 18th, 2015

Earthquakes, tsunamis, storms: Being well prepared for natural disasters is key to overcoming their impact on people and economies. Learning from the Japanese model of disaster preparedness is on top of the agenda for World Bank Group President, Jim ...Show More
My Favorite Number: 6.4 Trillion Reasons to Fight Climate Change

04:35 | Mar 17th, 2015

Who wants to be a trillionaire? Well in developing countries, the clean technology market is estimated to be worth a staggering 6.4 trillion (with a T) dollars over the next decade. Michael Ehst, from the World Bank Group’s infoDev program, is excite...Show More
Lighting Up Thailand

06:18 | Mar 12th, 2015 - One of the winners of 2014’s UN Momentum for Change awards, Wandee Khunchornyakong, has been transforming Thailand’s renewable energy capacity with utility-scale solar farms. To get finance flowing for wh...Show More
Haïti - sur la voie difficile de la reconstruction

07:40 | Mar 10th, 2015

Van Anh Vu Hong est arrivée en Haïti en 2010 peu après le tremblement de terre pour travailler sur des projets de secours d'urgence, y compris un projet de nettoyage des canaux d'eaux usées qui risquaient de propager des maladies. Cinq ans plus tard,...Show More
Haiti - Road to Recovery

08:30 | Mar 10th, 2015

Van Anh Vu Hong arrived in Haiti soon after the earthquake in 2010 to work on emergency relief projects, including one to clean canals filled with sewage that risked spreading disease. Five years later, she says many challenges remain. A major one i...Show More
News Highlights: How Human Behavior Affects Health Decisions

13:11 | Feb 13th, 2015

Why do some people choose to use toilets...or not? Or to take medicines that will save them...or not? The World Development Report for 2015 looks at this and other health-related behaviors. Kenneth Leonard was directly involved in some of the fieldw...Show More
Notes from Brussels: Mamta Murthi on Working With the EU and Beyond

03:27 | Feb 2nd, 2015

Mamta Murthi is the Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries, based in Brussels, Belgium. In this podcast she discusses why the World Bank has offices in Brussels, what kind of work they do there, and why Brussels is a key focal p...Show More
News Highlights: Ebola Cases Drop, but Disease Continues to Cripple Economies

06:30 | Jan 20th, 2015

The number of Ebola cases are dropping, but the epidemic will continue to cripple the economies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. That’s the conclusions of a new World Bank Group report released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Li...Show More
Spotlight: Fiscal Decentralization and Local Governance in Burundi

07:26 | Dec 8th, 2014

Following the Arusha Peace Agreement in 2000, which ended the Burundian civil conflict, a decentralization reform emerged as a clear policy objective to improve and encourage state-citizens interactions. In 2005, after the adoption of a new constit...Show More
Jim Yong Kim and Prince William: International Approach Needed for Fighting Corruption

02:31 | Dec 8th, 2014

As part of his work as United for Wildlife President, the Duke of Cambridge joined World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim at the opening of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance, addressing more than 300 corruption experts, heads and senior...Show More
Décentralisation fiscale et gouvernance locale au Burundi

08:13 | Dec 4th, 2014

Ces dix dernières années, le gouvernement du Burundi s’est engagé dans un processus de décentralisation destiné à renforcer la cohésion sociale et émanciper les communautés locales. Pourtant, la plupart des communes peinent à être financièrement viab...Show More
News Highlights: Policies Should Match Behavior

02:52 | Dec 2nd, 2014 - Development policies need to be re-hauled to reflect how people’s minds really work, a new World Bank study argues. This could help form and realize development goals, including that of breaking poverty cycles from one gen...Show More
News Highlights: Unavoidable Impact of Climate Change

02:22 | Nov 24th, 2014

The impact of Climate Change may now be unavoidable because the Earth's atmospheric system is locked into warming close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, according to a new report by the World Bank Group which announces major adver...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: New Program Provides Services to Mexico’s Poor

01:59 | Nov 20th, 2014

Jim Yong Kim was just in Mexico to join the launch of its innovative Prospera social protection program, which is the country’s latest innovation in helping connect the poor and vulnerable to social services as well as improve the health and educatio...Show More
South Africa: Using Fiscal Policy to Address Economic Inequality

03:16 | Nov 13th, 2014

The end of Apartheid in South Africa has led to many positive changes in the country. But the division of wealth and income remains inadequate to address Apartheid’s crippling economic legacy. Like many growing countries, South Africa faces the di...Show More
La politique fiscale, instrument efficace pour réduire les inégalités en Afrique du Sud

03:10 | Nov 13th, 2014

La fin de l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud a eu beaucoup de retombées positives Mais les écarts de richesse et de revenus hérités de l’apartheid demeurent encore trop importants pour permettre au pays de tourner définitivement la page. L’Afrique du Sud...Show More
Spotlight: Motivating Through Dignity Improves Sanitation in Rajasthan

05:33 | Nov 12th, 2014

What would motivate you to install a toilet in your home? Most rural families in Rajasthan have defecated in open fields for generations. Listen to how a campaign that appeals to human dignity has spurred whole communities to change their lives and i...Show More
Ebola: An Eyewitness Account

07:01 | Nov 5th, 2014

Tim Evans - the World Bank Group's Senior Director for Health, Nutrition and Population - gives an eyewitness account of his trip to the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea and Liberia. Community mobilizers and health workers there are playing key rol...Show More
Migrant Money is Key to Development

08:45 | Nov 5th, 2014 - Did you know that the billions of dollars migrants send home to their countries each year far surpass the total amount of money that international aid agencies give annually? Mr. Dilip Ratha is a lead economist for the Wor...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: African Technology Boon to Business

01:36 | Oct 29th, 2014 - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, in Kenya to pledge 1.8 billion in assistance for economic growth in the Horn of Africa, tells about his experience using the popular African mobile app M-Pesa, a service that allows...Show More
News Highlights: World Is Friendlier Place for Businesses

02:56 | Oct 29th, 2014

A new World Bank Group report has found that it’s easier to conduct business this year because 80 percent of world economies surveyed have improved laws and regulations. The most extensive reforms occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Watch what countries ...Show More
Spotlight: Free Nappies and Motorbikes Deliver Healthy Babies in Zambia

05:54 | Oct 16th, 2014

An innovative program that allows health clinics to spend funds on what they need most has resulted in healthy babies and moms in Zambia. The World Bank's Health Results Innovation Trust Fund is supported by the governments of Norway and the United ...Show More
News Highlights: Leaders Push to Speed Response to Ebola Crisis

01:58 | Oct 14th, 2014 - Leaders of the World Bank Group, United Nations and affected African countries agreed at a critical meeting in Washington to work on speeding up the global response to the Ebola crisis. Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim s...Show More
News Highlights: World Bank Announces Global Infrastructure Agreement and Aid to Haiti

02:16 | Oct 10th, 2014 - During the 2014 Annual Meetings, the World Bank has launched a massive private sector partnership to raise billions of dollars in private money to build infrastructure in developing economies and also announced a 50 millio...Show More
News Highlights: Ebola Could Cost $32.6 Billion

01:59 | Oct 8th, 2014 - With the latest death toll from Ebola now at more than 3,400 in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, a new economic impact study from the World Bank Group says that if the epidemic was t...Show More
Africa's Pulse Fall 2014

02:31 | Oct 7th, 2014

The World Bank’s biannual report on Africa’s economic performance, Africa’s Pulse, released in Washington, D.C. this week, finds that despite weaker than expected global growth and stable or declining commodity prices, African economies continue to e...Show More
News Highlights: Turning on the Taps to Help Lebanon’s Poor and Syria’s Refugees

08:18 | Sep 29th, 2014

It seems impossible but true. Lebanon has one of the world’s largest amounts of available fresh water and yet its people have such limited access that the taps for many are turned on for only a few hours a day. Now, the World Bank Group has announced...Show More
Ebola: The Economic Impact of Ebola in Liberia

08:58 | Sep 19th, 2014

Producer Eva Flomo of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Radio discusses the economic impact of Ebola on Liberia's economy with Timothy Bulman, World Bank Senior Country Economist in Liberia. A recent World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola e...Show More
Ebola: Economic Impact Already Serious; Could Be “Catastrophic”

02:14 | Sep 17th, 2014 - A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released today finds that, beyond the terrible toll in human suffering, the continuing surge in the deadly virus in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, an...Show More
Carbon Taxes and Investment in Public Transport

06:13 | Sep 16th, 2014

Economists often recommend fuel taxes to curb greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles in cities. But the effectiveness of these taxes depends heavily on other factors, like the availability of public transportation, and the density of a city. A r...Show More
News Highlights: Farming for a Cool World

01:45 | Sep 9th, 2014 - Listen to how Kenyan farmers produce more food, improve lives, and help mitigate climate change. The Carbon Credit program helps them better manage their land as rainfall becomes more erratic.
News Highlights: Road to Riches in Bangladesh

01:45 | Aug 28th, 2014 - Bangladesh has a labor force ready to produce goods for the world market. But bad roads and ports slow down exports and drive up costs. Now, a plan to improve the transport system could pave the way to more jobs and prosp...Show More
Ebola: Tackling The Outbreak in West Africa

05:26 | Aug 26th, 2014

The World Bank is working with the World Health Organization, the United Nations and other development partners to support the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, as they work to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus.
Improving health outcomes for women and survivors of sexual based violence in Africa's Great Lakes

05:27 | Aug 26th, 2014

A new World Bank supported project, the first of its kind in Africa, will provide integrated services to survivors of sexual and gender based violence in the DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. Survivors will receive health services, mental health counseling, l...Show More
2014 Africa Region Financial Year End Review

02:16 | Aug 26th, 2014

The world bank group committed a record breaking US$15 Billion to Sub-Saharan Africa's development during the 2013 and 2014 fiscal year. The Bank supported job training programs for youth, the prevention of malaria and other tropical diseases as soc...Show More
Preparing Young Women for Entrepreneurship and Jobs (UGANDA)

07:04 | Aug 26th, 2014

In this second episode of a 2-part podcast on the economic empowerment of young women, broadcaster Georges Collinet discusses the importance of employment training and the reproductive empowerment of young women in Uganda with an expert from the worl...Show More
Preparing Young Women for Entrepreneurship and Jobs (LIBERIA)

06:31 | Aug 26th, 2014

In this first episode of a 2-part podcast on the economic empowerment of young women, broadcaster Georges Collinet discusses entrepreneurship, technical training and soft skills training for young women in Liberia, with the Liberian Deputy Gender Min...Show More
CPIA Africa

02:49 | Aug 26th, 2014

The latest World Bank review of government policies and institutions in Africa shows that 20 percent of countries improved their policy environment to boost growth and cut poverty in 2013.
Africa's Pulse Spring 2014

03:53 | Aug 26th, 2014

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to a forecasted 5.2 percent in 2014. This performance is boosted by rising investment in natural resources and infrastructure, and strong household spending, accor...Show More
Tanzania Conditional Cash Transfers

11:22 | Aug 26th, 2014

Legendary broadcaster Georges Collinet sits down with one of the researchers from the Conditional Cash Transfer project in Tanzania and the head of the Tanzania Social Action Fund to discuss the program, the study, and the results in this ten-minute ...Show More
South Africa - TB Mines Launch

01:54 | Aug 26th, 2014

In a move to tackle the century-old TB scourge among mineworkers, the governments of Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland will meet with mining industry, union representatives, development partners and other stakeholders, at a Ministerial...Show More
South Africa Economic Update 5, January 2014

01:43 | Aug 26th, 2014

Boosting competition and promoting deeper regional trade integration are critical for restarting South Africa’s export engine to bolster growth which would help create jobs and reduce poverty, according to a recently released World Bank report.
Africa's Pulse Fall 2013

04:58 | Aug 26th, 2014

Five years after the start of the global financial crisis, most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have continued to register relatively vigorous growth. Economic activity throughout the region continues to expand: GDP growth is projected to reach 4.9% ...Show More
Tourism in Africa Report

07:18 | Aug 26th, 2014

A new World Bank report, “Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Improved Growth and Livelihoods,” says that African countries can compete with other tourist-rich regions of the world if they can effectively plan for and integrate tourism into the...Show More
Rachel Kyte: Building a More Resilient and Livable Community in Vietnam

02:41 | Aug 25th, 2014 - World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Rachel Kyte, visited the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, which is suffering from salt water intrusion and coastal erosion. She talks with local residents and...Show More
Améliorer les services de santé et aider les victimes de violences dans l'Afrique des Grands Lacs

06:11 | Aug 25th, 2014

Initiative sans précédent en Afrique, un nouveau projet soutenu par la Banque mondiale va offrir une prise en charge intégrée aux victimes de violences sexuelles ou d’autres formes de violences liées au genre, en RDC, au Rwanda et au Burundi. Les su...Show More
Spotlight: How to Learn On a Full Stomach in Laos

03:25 | Aug 21st, 2014 - Walking from village to school can take a long time for children in Laos. Children who went home for lunch often wouldn't return to class. So to improve education for all, Laos introduced a national program that of...Show More
Spotlight: More Teachers, More Learning in Cameroon

03:32 | Aug 18th, 2014 - For years, Cameroon's education sector was in disrepair - teachers didn't receive salaries as more and more children crowded into classrooms. But Cameroon has managed a turnaround with support from the Global Partn...Show More
News Highlights: Ebola: World Bank Mobilizes Emergency Funds

01:20 | Aug 4th, 2014 - The World Bank Group will mobilize millions to aid affected families and communities and to build up public health systems in West Africa. The pledge comes after calls for assistance from the three African countries har...Show More
Afrique: Contrôler l’épidémie d’Ebola, un défi pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest

04:41 | Jul 30th, 2014

La Banque mondiale œuvre aux côtés de l’OMS, de l’ONU et d’autres organisations pour renforcer les systèmes de santé des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest affectés par l’épidémie d’Ebola et éviter que le virus ne se propage.
Spotlight: Improving Trade in Nepal is a Long Road

07:14 | Jul 30th, 2014 - Everyone agrees that it takes way too long to export goods out of Nepal and import goods in. The government of Nepal plans on changing that by improving its roads, modernizing its customs and trade procedures, and...Show More
Spotlight: Financial Services for Everyone in the Democratic Republic of Congo

06:57 | Jul 28th, 2014 - Banks generally consider poor customers too risky and too expensive to serve. Employing an innovative business model of agent banking and biometric technology, micro-finance bank FINCA is bringing formal ...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Jobs in India - New Hope For Next Generation

02:29 | Jul 23rd, 2014 - One of India's biggest challenges -- and opportunity -- is that 10 million people every year will move from rural areas to cities. We're helping the country find new models to give job skills to those in transition, especia...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage

02:08 | Jul 22nd, 2014

The health and welfare of many girls around the world are being endangered by the practices of early marriages and Female Genital Mutilation. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urges nations to help adolescent girls live safe and productive live...Show More
Take On: Pawpaw and Goats - Surprising Ways to Combat Climate Change in Kenya

08:02 | Jul 17th, 2014 - The rains are coming later and don't last as long. For an increasing number of Kenyans, the solution to Climate Change has been sustainable farming and herding techniques that reduce carbon output, save them money and make ...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Visits Areas Struck by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines

02:02 | Jul 15th, 2014 - Victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) are recovering from the disaster with the government's conditional cash transfer program supported by the World Bank, and a livelihood project funded by the Korean Presbyteria...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Learning From Japan

02:15 | Jul 14th, 2014 - Tokyo - From the 42nd floor of the Mori Tower in downtown Tokyo, which had models of Tokyo and New York City on the floor, you can see the lessons of urbanization for the world: ways to build dense and clean cities. Dur...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Education is a Good Investment in China

02:09 | Jul 10th, 2014 - Changsha, China - For World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, a technical training program at the Hunan Normal University illustrates how investment in education pays off over time. In 1992, a World Bank loan helped...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Wealthier China Determined to be Healthier China

01:23 | Jul 9th, 2014 - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said China's growing health sector will have a tremendous impact on the country's economy and said the Bank is collaborating with China and other organizations on a study that w...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Are You Ready to Take It On? End Poverty by 2030

01:26 | Jun 18th, 2014 - The world's most successful social movements are started by a small group of like-minded people, says the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. The next major task is to end extreme poverty globally by 2030 and we need ever...Show More
News Highlights: World Bank Lowers Projection for Economies

01:13 | Jun 12th, 2014 - Developing countries are headed for a year of disappointing growth, as first quarter weakness in 2014 delays an expected pick-up in economic activity, according to the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report. ...Show More
Spotlight: Teaching Spanish in Nepal

02:32 | Jun 10th, 2014

Entrepreneurship is booming in Nepal, helped by a modernization project at the country's Office of Company Registrar that has streamlined the process by which private and public limited companies are registered and file their annual reports. A new c...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: 'Jordan Needs the World's Help'

00:43 | Jun 4th, 2014 - On the final leg of a four-day Middle East trip, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim traveled to the Zaatari refugee camp, which has 103,000 Syrian residents who fled the three-year-long war, and met with senior Jordan...Show More
News Highlights: Prepare for Syrian Peace Now

02:02 | Jun 4th, 2014 - While the war in Syria shows no sign of abating, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today told an audience of students and policymakers in Lebanon that it was time to "prepare for peace" in Syria and surrounding count...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Lebanon's Stressed Schools

01:52 | Jun 4th, 2014 - Beirut, Lebanon - World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim visited an elementary school in Beirut that was once 95 percent Lebanese students and now has a majority of students from Syria, whose families fled the war. The vi...Show More
News Highlights: Rising Food Prices Could Exacerbate Instability

01:53 | May 29th, 2014 - International prices of food increased by 4 percent in recent months and the World Bank Group is concerned that food riots could lead to political instability in some regions.
Jim Yong Kim: Improving Learning in Peru Will Help Reduce Inequality

01:08 | May 20th, 2014

Lamay, Peru -- In this Andean town outside Cuzco, I traveled with Peru's First Lady Nadine Heredia to the San Luis Gonzaga primary school. This school, and many others in the area, have had poor learning outcomes. But I was impressed by the governmen...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Turkey's Decade of Progress

02:12 | May 20th, 2014 - October 31, 2013 - Istanbul - On my first trip to Turkey, I met the country's political leaders, business executives, and civil society organizers -- and some of the World Bank Group staff. We have 250 staff in Turkey, of ...Show More
News Highlights: Violence Strikes 1 in 3 Women Globally

02:06 | May 14th, 2014 - Girls with little or no education are far more likely to be married as children, suffer domestic violence, live in poverty, and lack a say over household spending or their own health care than better-educate...Show More
Spotlight: Navigating (Night)life in Dakar

02:24 | May 13th, 2014 - A female-run startup in Dakar has created the most popular event guide to Senegal's capital. The cellphone app is a must for partygoers and tourists alike.
Spotlight: Better Roads Speed up Economic Growth in India and South Asia

05:19 | May 9th, 2014 - In this mountainous region of India, towns can thrive or fail depending on the quality of their roads. The World Bank Group is helping construct new roads and repair old ones, so improved transportation can boost ...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: A Trip to The Sahel Shows New Opportunities

02:22 | May 1st, 2014 - November 7, 2013 - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - President Jim Yong Kim arrived in the Sahel on a four-country trip thinking of the trouble in the region: drought, hunger, and conflict. He left impressed by the political lea...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Stability Vital for Prosperity in Mali

01:10 | May 1st, 2014 - November 6, 2013 - Timbuktu, Mali - Months after a rebel attack was rebuffed in Mali, the country is striving to stabilize in order to fight poverty and boost shared prosperity. President Jim Yong Kim visited the West Afri...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: A Road of Opportunity in Senegal

01:33 | May 1st, 2014 - November 6, 2013 - Dakar, Senegal - One of the most important pieces in our new strategy is that all parts of the World Bank Group need to work together more closely. In Dakar, President Jim Yong Kim visited a new toll roa...Show More
My Favorite Number: For China's Economy, 7 Is a Favorite Number

03:56 | Apr 25th, 2014 - World Bank economist Bert Hofman's favorite number is 7. That's the indicative growth target of China's 12th Five Year Plan. Such a target would allow more balanced, sustainable growth, which is good for China and for the ...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Learning from the Korean 'Miracle'

02:48 | Apr 24th, 2014 - December 5, 2013 - Seoul, Republic of Korea - President Jim Yong Kim was born in Korea in 1959, a time when the per capita income was not much more than $100. Today, Korea's gross national income is roughly $23,000 per per...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Myanmar's Chance to Boost Prosperity, End Poverty

01:29 | Apr 21st, 2014 - January 26, 2014 - Yangon, Myanmar - The government here has put forward ambitious plans to dramatically increase access to electricity and health care, especially in rural areas. Both are huge problems; some 70% of all peo...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: From Davos, a Plan to Fight Income Inequality

01:47 | Apr 21st, 2014 - January 23, 2014 - Davos, Switzerland - The theme of this year's World Economic Forum here involves income inequality and how to close the wide gap between rich and poor. I think this is a smart choice for the meeting, whic...Show More
Georges Collinet: Charcoal: It's not just for Barbecue Anymore!

05:08 | Apr 21st, 2014 - For most people, charcoal means summer and barbecue with friends and family. Well in Senegal, charcoal and cheap efficient charcoal burning stoves are the main links in a new economy. Listen to the podcast to learn how charcoal help...Show More
Spotlight: Happy Cows Help Save the Planet

06:07 | Apr 18th, 2014 - Costa Rica has become a world leader in agricultural and forestry practices that help reduce global warming by reducing carbon output -- but the real winners are ranchers and farmers who say environmentally sound practices ...Show More
Georges Collinet: Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

05:54 | Apr 17th, 2014 - April 11, 2014- Half of the population in Sub Saharan Africa is under 25 years of age. How to get this large number of youth, that are leaving school and entering the labor market, productively and sustainably employed? It’s ...Show More
Georges Collinet: The Art of Resilience

05:52 | Apr 17th, 2014 - April 9, 2014 - 35 paintings and pictures by Syrian artists are exhibited in the Atrium of the World Bank’s headquarters. Dr. Jim Yong King, President of the World Bank, joined Inger Andersen, Vice President of Middle East and No...Show More
Georges Collinet: What Have Young People Gained from the Arab Spring?

05:48 | Apr 17th, 2014 - April 10, 2014 - After the exhilarating days of the Arab Spring, youth unemployment remains among the highest in the world. What can be done to improve this situation and tap the potential of young people? Join us for a lively de...Show More
Spotlight: Changing the Culture of Toilets in India

06:04 | Apr 16th, 2014 - An initiative by the Indian government geared at changing people's behavior when it comes to using toilets has been a success in some parts of India. There are more cellphones than toilets in India and it is estimated...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Humility and the Power of Working Together

01:50 | Apr 15th, 2014 - March 18, 2013 - Jim Yong Kim traveled to the United Nations to talk to UNICEF's Executive Board and also to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on moving forward with the important work that we do together. These me...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Paving the Way for Greener Cities in Shanghai

01:39 | Apr 15th, 2014

September 17, 2013 - Shanghai, China - Jim Yong Kim speaks in front of a building at Linkong International Garden that has solar panels on the outer walls and rooftops, geothermal heat pumps, and online energy management. This is part of the front li...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Shared Prosperity: What it Means in Russia

02:23 | Apr 15th, 2014 - March 18, 2013 - During President Kim's trip to Russia, he spoke with government officials, civil society leaders, students, and attended the Group of 20 meetings. One of the major themes discussed is how an upper mi...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Targets will Help Fight Against Poverty

01:51 | Apr 15th, 2014 - April 8, 2013 - Madrid - I was just in Spain to meet with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey and with the United Nations' Chief Executives Board -- the heads of the UN agencies. In the UN meeting, we discussed the ...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Our Partnership with Russia

02:04 | Apr 15th, 2014 - September 6, 2013 - President Kim highlights some of the issues he discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the World Bank Group's strong partnership with Russia, supporting the country in improving it...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Inside the G20

01:34 | Apr 15th, 2014

September 6, 2013 - St. Petersburg, Russia - The Group of 20 leaders met for an intense 24-hour period over two days, discussing the situation in Syria and the global economy. Watch this audio blog to hear what World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: In Afghanistan, Recognizing Success, and Challenges Ahead

01:49 | Apr 15th, 2014 - March 18, 2013 - On my first trip to Afghanistan as World Bank Group president, I met with many of the country's senior leaders, including President Hamid Karzai, as well as leaders in business and among women's...Show More
Jim Yong Kim: Mutual Efforts to End Poverty

01:42 | Apr 15th, 2014

October 28, 2013 - Vatican City - Like many people around the world, I've been closely following Pope Francis' comments on the importance of serving the poor. When I had a chance to meet the His Holiness at the Vatican, I had the privilege to talk to...Show More
My Favorite Number: 2 Is a Small Number with Big Problems

03:38 | Mar 24th, 2014 - For World Bank Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Rachel Kyte, 2 is a number worth fixating on. My Favorite Number shows how a smart economist can bring passion and prose into complex issues, such as Clima...Show More
My Favorite Number: When It Comes to Shared Prosperity, 40 Is Key

04:36 | Mar 24th, 2014 - For World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu, 40 is a number that's taken over his life. My Favorite Number is a series that shows how economists can bring insight, intelligence and humanity to global development when they s...Show More
Spotlight: Busting Ghostworkers

02:46 | Mar 10th, 2014 - Kenya's high crime rate has led to a surge in security companies. An estimated 500,000 security guards try to keep residences and businesses safe. However, often they turn into so called "ghostworkers" - not showing u...Show More
Spotlight: From Slums to Cocktail Parties - African Jewelry is Trending

02:47 | Mar 10th, 2014 - Trendy jewelry made in African slums goes international: A Kenyan Startup company has used mobile technology to link local artisans with global markets. The company, founded and managed by women, distributes some of Af...Show More
Spotlight: Soap Opera for Social Change

04:42 | Mar 10th, 2014 - Can soap operas educate TV audiences on personal finance issues? Researchers at the World Bank did the test: They integrated messages on personal finance into 2 episodes of South Africa's famous "Scandal!...Show More