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The Development Podcast brings together the latest data, research and cutting-edge solutions that can pave the way to a sustainable future – everything from poverty to climate change, education to nutrition, and a whole lot more. We’ll take you on a journey around the world of international development in this World Bank's flagship monthly podcast. More information: http://wrld.bg/f2SX50MJyZB

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The Development Podcast brings together the latest data, research and cutting-edge solutions that can pave the way to a sustainable future – everything from poverty to climate change, education to nutrition, and a whole lot more. We’ll take you on a journey around the world of international development in this World Bank's flagship monthly podcast. More information: http://wrld.bg/f2SX50MJyZB

    What Is a Green Job? | The Development Podcast

    What Is a Green Job? | The Development Podcast

    The transition away from fossil fuels could create as many as 30 million ‘green’ jobs in clean energy and low-emissions technologies by 2030. So what is a ‘green job’? How can countries and companies support jobs that benefit people and the planet? And how can young people prepare for green jobs of the future? 
    Find out the answers to these questions and more as we speak with Ashish Khanna, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives, West and Central Africa, World Bank; Manoj Sinha, CEO, Husk Power; Anubha Shukla, Vice President, D2R, Husk Power; and Nidhi Pant, a 2023 winner of the UK’s Earthshot Prize and Co-Founder of S4S Technologies as they share their personal stories and examples on why investing in renewable energy is crucial in the fight to create world free of poverty on a livable planet.   
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    Featured VoicesAshish Khanna, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives, West and Central Africa, World BankManoj Sinha, CEO, Husk PowerAnubha Shukla, Vice President, D2R, Husk PowerNidhi Pant, a 2023 winner of the UK’s Earthshot Prize and Co-Founder of S4S Technologies
    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic
    [02:49] Case study: S4S Technologies, green jobs and value chains
    [07:27] Case study: Husk Power Systems, gender, renewable power industry, green transition and jobs
    [11:28] Personal story: Starting a career and a business in the renewable energy sector
    [15:10] Nigeria and the Distributed Access Through Renewable Energy (DARES) Program
    [19:11] The link between green jobs and renewable energy
    [20:03] DARES Nigeria project: Access to electricity and green jobs
    [22:43] Business models: The role of the local community in terms of innovation
    [24:41] Overlapping crisis: Green jobs as a part of the recovery to create stability in the world
    [26:26] Closure
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
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    ABOUT THE WORLD BANKThe World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for low-income countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.

    • 27 min
    How Can We Better Support Refugees | The Development Podcast

    How Can We Better Support Refugees | The Development Podcast

    Forced displacement is a development challenge, not only a humanitarian concern. As of September 2023, 114 million people were displaced, and this number continues to grow as conflict and insecurity rise across the globe. Most refugees are hosted by developing countries, and the issues around support and integration of refugee communities are often deeply political.
    In this episode— the second in our special series on how to end poverty on a livable planet—we're asking the question: How can we better support the world’s growing number of refugees and their host communities? What economic benefits can refugee integration bring to societies?
    Tune in to hear the real-life experience of Abdullahi Mire, winner of the 2023 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award, who grew up in one of the largest refugee camps in the world and is now a champion of refugee education; and Nancy Karambo Riungu, a Kenyan entrepreneur working with refugees. We also get insights from the UN Refugee Agency’s Raouf Mazou and The World Bank’s Xavier Devictor on how humanitarian agencies, development institutions and the private sector can better support refugees. Stay with us until the end of the episode to catch the reading of a poem by Kinshasa- born, British poet JJ Bola, who reflects on life as a refugee.
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    Featured VoicesXavier Devictor, the World Bank’s Co-Director of the 2023 World Development ReportRaouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations at UNHCRAbdullahi Mire, winner of the 2023 UNHCR Nansen Refugee AwardNancy Karambo Riungu, a Kenyan entrepreneur and expert tailor working directly with refugees. 
    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic
    [02:24] Abdullahi Mire, the recipient of the 2023 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
    [08:41] Rethinking responses to refugees: The role of education
    [11:07] Global Refugee Forum: Drivers of forced displacement
    [12:41] Climate crisis, refugees, impact on host countries
    [16:52] The impact of refugees from an economic perspective
    [18:25] How the World Bank supports refugees and host communities
    [22:00] Success stories in terms of durable solutions for refugees
    [23:59] Benefits that the private sector can bring to refugees and host communities
    [27:13] Visions from an entrepreneur in Kakuma who's working with refugees
    [31:48] Closing remarks from Xavier Devictor (World Bank) and Raouf Mazou (UNHCR)
    [33:22] Poem by Kinshasa-born British poet and writer, JJ Bola
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
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    • 37 min
    Tackling the Climate Crisis | The Development Podcast

    Tackling the Climate Crisis | The Development Podcast

    The 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) comes at the heels of the hottest year in human history. Our newest episode of The Development Podcast delves into the impact of the climate crisis and urgent solutions to address it. This episode marks the launch of our new limited series on how to create a world free of poverty on a livable planet. Over the next 5 episodes, we’ll explore critical issues affecting planet, people and prosperity.
    Today, we turn our attention to the planet as we speak with three high-profile guests about climate change. We'll also hear from a climate advocate in Samoa and other youth activists. Join us as we speak to Her Excellency, Hon. Fiamē Naomi Mata'Afa, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Samoa on how the fallout of climate change impacts Small Island Developing States; Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on emissions reduction and climate solutions; the World Bank’s Anna Bjerde, Managing Director of Operations, on the Bank’s role in climate action; and Brianna Fruean, a young climate advocate from Samoa who shares her own experiences.
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    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome: Introducing the topic and speakers
    [02:37] Climate activism: Voices from Samoa
    [08:41] Samoa: Climate crisis, infrastructure challenges, role of women, challenges ahead, COP28
    [16:49] Climate activism: Voices from Ghana
    [18:06] UNEP: Scaling the challenge, greenhouse gas emissions, urgent actions and investments, climate game changers
    [25:59] Climate activism: Voices from Egypt
    [26:56] World Bank: Climate game changers, financing climate action, Country Climate Development Reports, hope on the horizon
    [33:06] Climate activism: Voices from Chile and Samoa
    [34:43] Closure and thanks for tuning in!
    Featured VoicesHer Excellency, Hon. Fiamē Naomi Mata'Afa, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of SamoaInger Andersen, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive DirectorAnna Bjerde, Managing Director of Operations, World BankBrianna Fruean, Climate Change Advocate, Samoa
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
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    ABOUT THE WORLD BANKThe World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for...

    • 35 min
    Annual Meetings 2023: A New Vision for Challenging Times | The Development Podcast

    Annual Meetings 2023: A New Vision for Challenging Times | The Development Podcast

    The 2023 World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings took place from October 9-15 in Marrakech, Morocco, and unveiled the Bank’s bold new vision: creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet. Events and discussions highlighted this new mission, highlighting an expansion in financial capacity, stronger partnerships, deeper engagement with the private sector, and finding more efficient processes. 
    In this special edition episode of The Development Podcast, we draw on some of the highlights from that week and share more about the institution’s new mission and vision. Listen on to hear from: World Bank Group President Ajay Banga, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Senior World Bank Managing Director Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managing Director of Operations Anna Bjerde, Zanzibar’s Minister of State for Finance and Planning Saada Salum, UNICEF’s Executive Director Catherine Russell, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Bill Winters, and Ethiopian entrepreneur Kidus Asfaw. 
    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic
    [02:01] A new playbook to tackle the intertwined global challenges
    [08:33] What it will take to achieve ending poverty on a livable planet
    [10:24] Tanzania: Education for all, empowering its female population, investment in the blue economy
    [13:18] The importance of partnerships and the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on children
    [18:29] Private sector: How can finance be sustainable?
    [21:12] How businesses are piloting exciting climate solutions
    [23:04] Closure and thanks for tuning in! 
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
    Tell us what you think of our podcast here >>>. We would love to hear from you! 
    ABOUT THE WORLD BANKThe World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for low-income countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.

    • 24 min
    Tackling Food Insecurity: From Emergency to Resilience | The Development Podcast

    Tackling Food Insecurity: From Emergency to Resilience | The Development Podcast

    Multiple shocks – from COVID-19 to climate change, conflict, crop disease – are crippling food systems, leading to higher food prices and growing hunger.  Up to 783 million people faced hunger in 2022, and projections show that in 2030, over 600 million people will still struggle to feed their families. The way we produce food is also harmful for the planet, generating unsustainable levels of pollution and waste. What can we do to fight the global food crisis, especially in the most vulnerable regions? What are the World Bank and its partners doing to address this issue and what solutions have worked on the ground?
    To answer these questions, on this episode of The Development Podcast we speak to: Gladys Wanja, a Kenyan mother and entrepreneur on the struggles she faces putting food on the table; Valerie Guarnieri, the World Food Programme’s Assistant Executive Director for Programme and Policy Development on how the Nobel-prize winning organization responds to dire emergencies; Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, NASA Harvest’s Africa Program Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland on solutions in space technology, and Martien van Nieuwkoop, the World Bank’s Global Director for Agriculture and Food on what the Bank is doing to address the food crisis.
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    Featured VoicesMartien van Nieuwkoop, the World Bank’s Global Director for the Agriculture and Food Global PracticeValerie Guarnieri, the World Food Program’s Assistant Executive for Programme Director and Policy Development Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, NASA Harvest’s Africa Program Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Gladys Wanja, a Kenyan mother and small business owner 
    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic
    [01:46] What is food security and why the world is currently in a food crisis
    [03:02] Voices from Kenya on food price volatility
    [05:46] Voices from Central African Republic: boosting food production
    [07:09] World Food Program: Providing emergency lifesaving food and cash assistance
    [08:19] Impacts of famine and hunger beyond malnutrition
    [09:30] Conflict is a driver of hunger
    [10:38] Beyond emergency: Building resilience when it comes to food security
    [14:13] Data for development: The role of satellites and NASA partnerships
    [15:52] How food security issues are manifesting in East Africa
    [17:28] The next frontier for using satellite data for food systems
    [18:54] Voices from Egypt: Preparedness and resilience to future shocks
    [20:00] What's needed to ensure longer term food security
    [22:29] What the World Bank is doing to tackle food security
    [25:19] Closure and thanks for tuning in!
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
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    • 26 min
    How Do We Support the World’s Poorest Countries? | The Development Podcast

    How Do We Support the World’s Poorest Countries? | The Development Podcast

    Meet the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries—75 to be exact. It’s the largest single source of donor funds for basic services in these countries and aims to eliminate extreme poverty. IDA’s most recent replenishment, IDA20, resulted in a historic $93 billion financing package for IDA countries for fiscal years 2022-2025.
    On this episode of The Development Podcast, we explore how IDA works across the world on a range of key development issues and priorities, with the help of some key partners. Join us as we speak with Dirk Reinermann, the World Bank’s Director of Development Finance who oversees IDA, Gregory Chen, Managing Director for the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, within BRAC International, and Maaria Henry, a Fisheries Protection Officer from the Republic of Kiribati in Micronesia, which sits at the forefront of the climate challenge. 
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    Featured VoicesDirk Reinermann, Director, IDA Mobilization & IBRD Corporate Finance, World BankGregory Chen, Managing Director, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, BRAC InternationalMaaria Henry, Fisheries Protection Officer from Kiribati.
    Timestamps[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic
    [02:25] Story from the ground: Climate resilience and job prospects in Kiribati
    [06:46] IDA: How it was created, how it works, where it gets its cash from?
    [09:51] Partnerships: BRAC International, Bangladesh and IDA
    [15:21] IDA's priorities and replenishments
    [19:16] Partnerships: Maximizing financing for development
    [22:15] IDA's greatest success stories
    [24:17] Closure and thanks for tuning in!
    ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PODCASTThis international development podcast brings together the data, research—and solutions—that can pave the way to a sustainable future. Through conversations focused on revealing the latest data, the best research, and cutting-edge solutions, let us introduce you to the folks working to make the world a better place. Listen and subscribe for free on your favorite platform. And rate our show! ;)
    Tell us what you think of our podcast here >>>. We would love to hear from you! 
    ABOUT THE WORLD BANKThe World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for low-income countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.

    • 24 min

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