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Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System (GIDMaPS)

January 1, 2019

The Global Integrated Drought Monitoring and Prediction System (GIDMaPS) is a drought monitoring and prediction system that provides near real-time drought information based on multiple drought indicators and input data sets.

State of the Low-Income Housing Finance Market 2018

May 30, 2018

An innovative new model pioneered by affordable housing finance companies (AHFCs) has made home ownership attainable for millions of low-income informal sector customers in urban India. There are now 26 such AHFCs with a combined loan portfolio of $4.1+ billion in India, who have financed over 230,000 houses over the last decade. Due to the availability of equity and debt, and potential for geographic expansion, this market is likely to continue to grow rapidly. This report examines the current state of the market and provides recommendations for facilitating greater scale so that even more households can own or improve their homes.

Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms

August 1, 2017

Given the reality of increasingly limited development resources from external funders, being able to weigh the full costs of open government initiatives is critical to ensuring that governments are allocating and using resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms presents and tests a methodology for doing just that. This report highlights work led by Results for Development and supported by the World Bank between August 2016 and June 2017 that has sought to overcome a major gap in understanding the value of open government programs globally.

From Panic and Neglect to Investing in Health Security: Financing Pandemic Preparedness at a National Level

May 1, 2017

Deadly infectious pandemics will mark humanity's future, as they have shaped its past. Neither individual governmentsnorthe global community can entirely prevent the emergence ofinfectious threats. But we can bemuch betterprepared.This report by the International Working Group on Financing Preparedness (IWG) proposes ways in which national governments and development partners can finance investments in country and regional preparedness and response capacities for pandemics and other health emergencies.Preparedness for pandemics refers to health and non-health interventions, capabilities, and capacities at community, country, regional, and global levels. Their purpose is to prevent, detect, contain and respond to the spread of disease and other hazards, mitigating social disruptions and limiting risks to international travel and trade.

Atlas of Ocean Wealth

June 1, 2016

The Atlas of Ocean Wealth is the largest collection to date of information about the economic, social and cultural values of coastal and marine habitats from all over the world. It is a synthesis of innovative science, led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), with many partners around the world. Through these efforts, they've gathered vast new datasets from both traditional and less likely sources.The work includes more than 35 novel and critically important maps that show how nature's value to people varies widely from place to place. They also illustrate nature's potential. These maps show that one can accurately quantify the value of marine resources. Further, by enumerating such values, one can encourage their protection or enhancement for the benefit of people all around the world. In summary, it clearly articulates not just that we need nature, but how much we need it, and where.

Investment Landscape Mapping in East Asia: Integrated Coastal Management and Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans

November 1, 2015

This research paper seeks to understand and map current financial funding flows to integrated coastal management (ICM)-related sectors across the grants and investment capital spectrum. The range of funding comprises donors (both bilateral and multilateral), foundations, and corporate social responsibility initiatives at one end, and development finance institutions (DFI), corporations, impact investments and commercial investors, at the other.In collaboration with PEMSEA, Shujog's research identifies regional and country-level trends in ICM funding across 10 related coastal and marine sectors, and offers recommendations for increasing investments in these sectors.

Promoting Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Women and Young Girl's Project, Rwanda: Baseline Survey Summary Report

July 28, 2014

This document presents a report on promoting economic empowerment of adolescent women and young girls. In October 2008, the World Bank launched the Adolescent Girls Initiative, a public-private partnership to promote the transition of adolescent girls from school to productive employment through innovative interventions that are tested, and then scaled-up or replicated if successful. The initiative is being piloted in 8 countries Afghanistan, Jordan, Lao PDR, Liberia, Haiti, Nepal, Rwanda, and South Sudan and is currently reaching some 17,000 girls. The objective of the Promoting Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Women and Young Girls project in Rwanda is to provide skills training and employment placement services to young women to enable them to establish themselves in profitable small enterprises. The interventions aim to provide them with a set of technical, business and life skills, along with institutional and social support, mentoring and links to credit.

Migrants' Remittances from Italy: International Remittances and Access to Financial Services for Migrants in Turin, Italy

May 1, 2014

Project Greenback 2.0 is a project led by the World Bank, in partnership with the City of Turin, aimed at fostering the development of an efficient and transparent market for remittances. Within this framework, this survey, conducted by FIERI and Laboratorio R. Revelli between July and September 2013, investigated the demand side of the remittance market in the city of Turin, collecting 480 in-depth interviews of migrants from the Moroccan, Peruvian and Romanian communities. These are the three most numerous communities in the city and the largest in terms of remittances sent to the country of origin. The survey is aimed at describing the economic and financial profile of migrants. Specifically, it investigates the interconnected dimensions of financial behaviors -- patterns of consumption and savings, remittances and investments, and financial needs and aspirations. Strong emphasis is given to remittance services and access to different types of financial products and services.

Towards investment in sustainable fisheries: A framework for financing the transition

January 1, 2014

This document provides a framework for scaling up investment in the transition to sustainable fisheries. We hope that it will stimulate the rapid growth of projects that address this challenge and that are urgently required to meet the needs of the 3 billion people who rely on fish for their primary source of animal protein and the 300 million people who are involved in the sector. We also hope it will begin to reveal the considerable benefits that can be gained through this transition and catalyse a conversation about the solutions that will move us forward.

The Benefits of Solar Home Systems: An Analysis from Bangladesh

December 1, 2013

The Government of Bangladesh, with help from the World Bank and other donors, has provided aid to a local agency called Infrastructure Development Company Limited and its partner organizations to devise a credit scheme for marketing solar home system units and making these an affordable alternative to grid electricity for poor people in remote areas. This paper uses household survey data to examine the financing scheme behind the dissemination of these solar home systems, in particular the role of the subsidy; the factors that determine the adoption of the systems in rural Bangladesh; and the welfare impacts of such adoption. The paper finds that while the subsidy has been declining over time, the demand for solar home systems has seen phenomenal growth, mostly because of technological developments that have made the systems increasingly more affordable. Households with better physical and educational endowments are more likely to adopt solar home systems than poor households. The price of the system matters in household decision making -- a 10 percent decline in the price of the system increases the overall demand for a solar panel by 2 percent. As for the benefits, adoption of a solar home system improves children's evening study time, lowers kerosene consumption, and provides health benefits for household members, in particular for women. It is also found to increase women's decision-making ability in certain household affairs. Finally, it is found to increase household consumption expenditure, although at a small scale.

Kenya: Country Fact Sheets

June 1, 2013

The Commission on Revenue Allocation was established in December 2010 under Article 216 of the Constitution. Its principal function is to make recommendations on the basis of equitable sharing of revenue raised nationally between the national and county governments, and, among the county governments. Reliable statistical data are key to the Commission's functions and is vital for policy formulation and analysis. This edition provides an update of the sumary data and also introduces new data such as (i) HIV data under the health outcomes, (ii) the 1999 population, and (iii) county poplulation growth rate for the period 1999 to 2009. At a glance, the Fact Sheets provide important yet simplified data for each county on: population, health, education and infrastructure. No other single book has ever attempted to provide county-specific data in such a manner. The data on each of the 47 counties is useful to many stakeholders, including; national and county government political leadership, the executive and other policy makers. It will be useful to development partners, academic institutions and the public service in both national and county governments. The book is part of a series of publications which have been launched by the Commission to provide data that will inform policy formulation and planning under Kenya's new system of devolved government.

Water Partnership Program Annual Report 2011: "Strengthen, Secure, Sustain"

July 1, 2012

This annual report outlines the World Bank's Water Partnership Program's activities and progress in its key focus areas of water resources management, climate change, food security, and energy security. The program is a multi-donor trust that was established in 2009 and is transitioning, as of June 2012, into a bolder Phase II of its operations. In addition to investing in research, technology and practice, the program is building partnerships, networks, and capacity, and working towards its new objective of green growth.