Weekly links October 19: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – but only if you live in a rich and equal country, updates in randomization inference, graduation programs vs cash, small clusters not such a problem? (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/weekly-links-october-19-men-are-mars-women-are-venus-only-if-you-live-rich-and-equal-country-updates

DAVID MCKENZIE

It’s time for ‘Nutrition Smart Agriculture’ (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/health/it-s-time-nutrition-smart-agriculture

Helena Costa, a smallholder from Sao Tome & Principe, has been investing in her family’s small agribusiness for a decade, wanting it to be more productive, more profitable, and produce quality fruits and vegetable products to supply local and export markets.  The quality improvements she’s invested in include food safety practices, shifting to organic production, and planting biofortified crops.  However, these food quality improvements are not yet recognized by the market. So, for Helena, improving the nutritional value of her food products is an extra cost that puts her at a disadvantage in relation to her competitors.

DIEGO ARIAS

Addressing Child Malnutrition in Yemen: Muneera’s story (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/arabvoices/child-malnutrition-yemen-muneeras-story

“We had lost hope,” said Muneera’s father. “As her health deteriorated and her body weakened, we worried that she could not last much longer.” Six months short of her fourth birthday, Muneera was suffering the effects of malnutrition, which had put her life in danger. Though she lived near Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, Muneera’s family did not have the resources to take her for medical care. Like thousands of other children in Yemen, the deteriorating conditions due to ongoing instability had led to malnutrition.

MALAK SHAHER

Behind Closed Doors: how traditional measures of poverty mask inequality inside the household and a new look at possible solutions (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/behind-closed-doors-how-traditional-measures-poverty-mask-inequality-inside-household-and-new-look

During the days coming up to, and after October 17, when many stories, numbers, and calls for action will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we want to invite you to think for a second on what you imagine a poor household to be like. Is this a husband, wife, and children, or maybe an elderly couple? Are the children girls or boys? And more importantly, do all experience the same deprivations and challenges from the situation they live in?  In a recent blog post and paper, we showed that looking at who lives in poor homes—from gender differences to household composition more broadly—matters  to better understand and tackle poverty.

CAREN GROWN

An important week for infrastructure & multilateral cooperation (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/ppps/replay-messages-world-bank-s-annual-meetings-and-other-infra-forums-bali-singapore

Against the backdrop of catastrophic natural disasters that struck in Indonesia, the World Bank Group and IMF Annual Meetings took place last week in Bali. No scene could be more illustrative of the fragility of infrastructure in the face of more extreme and frequent weather events—and the urgent need for meticulous planning, with an eye for resilience.

SUNNY KAPLAN

Inclusiveness in the new Malaysia (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/inclusiveness-new-malaysia

Since 1992, October 17 has been recognized as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, or more simply, End Poverty Day by the World Bank. It is a day for the world to engage on the progress made and actions needed to end poverty.

KENNETH SIMLER

How can the Philippines achieve its ambitious vision of becoming a country free of poverty? (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/eastasiapacific/how-can-philippines-achieve-its-ambitious-vision-becoming-country-free-poverty

The Philippines’ economy has been booming since 2010, growing over 6% per year on average. The country is one of the top performers in the East Asia Pacific region, and its impressive economic performance is reflected in the towering skylines, luxurious condos, and huge shopping malls of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, the financial centers of Metro Manila. However, the country still has over 20% of the population living below national and international poverty line. Old jeepneys, the most popular means of transportation, carrying a massive number of commuters to and from expanding swathes of blighted areas portrait perfectly this contrast. My personal observation was quickly confirmed by the graph below.

RONG QIAN

Doing Development Economics at a Liberal Arts College Part One (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/doing-development-economics-liberal-arts-college-part-one

With the job market coming up, me giving a talk to a great group of faculty and development students at Williams College last week, and seeing a program for the recent LACDEV conference, I thought it might be interesting to learn a bit about life as a development economist at a liberal arts college. I asked four faculty at different schools for some thoughts, thinking I might get two to agree, but was very pleased to get excellent insights from all four. They noted there is considerable heterogeneity among liberal arts colleges, so I am delighted we can share these different viewpoints. I am therefore breaking this up into two posts, with the second post tomorrow.

DAVID MCKENZIE