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