30 episodes

In this flagship podcast from the World Bank Group, we’ll take you on a journey around the world of international development. Everyday World Bank researchers and staffers are working to address the biggest international problems – everything from poverty to climate change, education to nutrition, and a whole lot more. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and the solutions making the world a better place, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place.

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In this flagship podcast from the World Bank Group, we’ll take you on a journey around the world of international development. Everyday World Bank researchers and staffers are working to address the biggest international problems – everything from poverty to climate change, education to nutrition, and a whole lot more. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and the solutions making the world a better place, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place.

    2022 in Review: A Year of Uncertainty

    2022 in Review: A Year of Uncertainty

    The past twelve months have been turbulent for the global economy. Conflict, inflation, food supply crises and the long tail of the Covid-19 pandemic have caused shockwaves across the world. In this episode of The Development Podcast we speak to World Bank Group chief economist Indermit Gill who explains what went wrong in 2022. We also get an update from Egyptian baker and restaurant owner Dareen Akkad. Listen now!

    • 20 min
    Why Are We Witnessing the Biggest Setback to Global Poverty Reduction in Decades?

    Why Are We Witnessing the Biggest Setback to Global Poverty Reduction in Decades?

    COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, and other crises have dealt the biggest setback to global poverty reduction in decades. 2020 alone saw the largest one-year increase in extreme poverty since global monitoring began. Ruth Hill, a lead economist at the World Bank discusses the recent Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report and we hear from Sonia Cifuentes in Bogota, Colombia, about how a government cash transfer program helped her when she needed support to cover the basics for herself and her children.

    • 26 min
    Highlights from the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings: Navigating an Uncertain World

    Highlights from the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings: Navigating an Uncertain World

    This year’s World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings took place against the backdrop of a series of overlapping crises. The impact of COVID, climate change and conflict were the focus for delegates who gathered in Washington DC. This special edition of The Development Podcast features some of the key discussions.

    • 36 min
    From Coal to Clean Energy: Protecting People Through the Transition

    From Coal to Clean Energy: Protecting People Through the Transition

    How can we put people and communities at the center of the transition away from coal? In this episode of The Development Podcast, we hear about the challenges and opportunities with Elizabeth Ruppert Bulmer, Lead Economist with the Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice and Rachel Perks, Senior Mining Specialist with the Energy & Extractives Global Practice, both at the World Bank. We also hear from new solar panel owners in rural India, and from Reema Nanavaty, director of India’s Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

    • 30 min
    What Does Stagflation Mean for the Global Economy?

    What Does Stagflation Mean for the Global Economy?

    What happens when global growth slows, and inflation rises? On the latest episode of The Development Podcast, we explain why stagflation matters, where we’ve seen it before, and what governments can do to temper it. World Bank forecasting expert Franziska Ohnsorge, and debt expert Marcello Estevão give the big picture, while Mexican economist Enrique Cárdenas explains what it felt like to experience stagflation during the so-called “lost decade” of the 1980s.

    • 30 min
    Why Is the World Facing a Food Crisis? And Why Are Prices Climbing So High?

    Why Is the World Facing a Food Crisis? And Why Are Prices Climbing So High?

    Why is the world facing a food crisis and what is being done to address this urgent issue? The war in Ukraine has disrupted food supply for an incomparable number of people. Prices are soaring, exports have collapsed, and ports have been cut off. What does that translate to in terms of actual numbers of people suffering from hunger? Listen to this episode of The Development Podcast. We’re talking about food security, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and how people are coping with a supply chain crunch.

    • 30 min

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