How to invest in remote learning while building the education system of the future? (World Bank blogs)

Social distancing measures in response to the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) have closed schools, which at the peak has affected more than 1.5 billion children and young people around the world.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/how-invest-remote-learning-while-building-education-system-future

HARRY A. PATRINOS

Using district variation in COVID-19 lockdowns in India to assess their impact on violence against women (World Bank blogs)

As noted by many, lockdowns can be an effective way of controlling a pandemic, but they come with costs. These costs are usually expressed in terms of economic losses — such as GDP declines or poverty increases. In their new NBER working paper, Saravana Ravindran and Manisha Shah study the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on violence against women in India, or costs in terms of a ‘shadow pandemic’.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/using-district-variation-covid-19-lockdowns-india-assess-their-impact-violence

KATHLEEN BEEGLE

Leading voices in climate adaptation and resilience: Q&A with Sofia Bettencourt (World Bank blogs)

This fiscal year, the World Bank Group’s first-of-its-kind Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience comes into effect. This interview is part of a series reflecting on our work supporting countries to adapt and build resilience to a changing climate, focusing on early efforts, current projects and future innovations that aim to protect communities around the world.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/leading-voices-climate-adaptation-and-resilience-qa-sofia-bettencourt

SOFIA BETTENCOURT

Bootstrapping our way toward improved poverty maps (World Bank blogs)

It has been nearly two decades since the publication by Elbers, Lanjouw, and Lanjouw, and their “ELL” method still remains one of the most applied poverty mapping approaches.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/bootstrapping-our-way-toward-improved-poverty-maps

 

 

Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19: The case of MENA (World Bank blogs)

Digital connectivity in the time of COVID-19 is no longer about traditional communication and the search for information; it has become a lifeline for using data, consuming content and engaging in digital applications by individuals, governments and businesses to ensure continuity of economic and social activities in light of social distancing and the complete lockdown in most countries of the world.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/digital-transformation-time-covid-19-case-mena

BOUTHEINA GUERMAZI

New economic opportunities for Jordanians and Syrian refugees (World Bank blogs)

In 2016, the Government of Jordan, in partnership with the international community, committed to tackling the challenge of improving the living conditions, prospects and resilience of both Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/new-economic-opportunities-jordanians-and-syrian-refugees

 

 

COVID-19 & Education: A World Bank Group Perspective (World Bank Blogs)

The coronavirus pandemic forced education institutions across the entire planet to close. It is the biggest shock ever experienced by the global education community.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/covid-19-education-world-bank-group-perspective

JAIME SAAVEDRA