A week at the UN General Assembly: Working better and smarter together to prevent crisis (World Bank blogs)

https://blogs.worldbank.org/dev4peace/week-un-general-assembly-working-better-and-smarter-together-prevent-crisis

This week, I attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This annual gathering provides an opportunity for the international community to discuss some of the most pressing global challenges, innovative solutions to address them and progress since last year.

FRANCK BOUSQUET

India: A logistics powerhouse in the making? (World Bank blogs)

The numbers are in: India now ranks 44th in the latest edition of the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, a relatively high score compared to other countries at similar income levels. This number matters not just to the logistics sector, but to India’s economy as a whole. Indeed, logistics can directly impact the competitiveness of an entire market, as its ability to serve demand is inextricably linked to the efficiency, reliability and predictability of supply chains.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/india-logistics-powerhouse-making

KARLA GONZALEZ CARVAJAL

Solving for water security at the source (World Bank blogs)

New York City faced a challenge in the 1990s: the city needed a new water filtration system to serve its nearly 8 million people. But the prospect of spending $6 to 10 billion on a new water treatment plant, and another $100 million on annual operating costs, was daunting. So, city officials took a closer look at the source of their water—the Catskill Mountains.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/solving-water-security-source

ANDREA ERICKSON

Compact with Africa: Linking Policy Reforms with Private Investment (World Bank blogs)

The G20, World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, and African Development Bank are partnering in a new way to stimulate private investment in Africa

https://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/compact-with-africa-linking-policy-reforms-with-private-investment

OMOWUNMI LADIPO

Beating the odds? How PPPs fare in fragile countries (World Bank blogs)

While discussion about Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) is ramping up with governments and the international development community to seek innovative approaches to mobilize more private sector investment in developing countries, there is a group of countries with an additional layer of complex challenges.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/ppps/beating-odds-how-ppps-fare-fragile-countries

FERNANDA RUIZ NUNEZ

Religion and widowhood in Nigeria (World Bank blogs)

African widows often face considerable disadvantage relative to married women in their first union. How much so depends on the society they live in, with pronounced hardship in some contexts, yet benefits to widows in others. In the absence of effective policies, their situation is likely to depend heavily on the social-cultural norms applying to women following widowhood. In a recent paper, Annamaria Milazzo and I investigate this issue by comparing the well-being (as measured by BMI and rates of underweight) of young (15-49) Nigerian widows and non-widows across Christian and Muslim groups using the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) of 2008 and 2013.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/developmenttalk/religion-and-widowhood-nigeria

DOMINIQUE VAN DE WALLE

As Kazakhstan’s economy develops, ensuring no family is left behind (World Bank blogs)

During a recent trip to a popular tourist enclave in Kazakhstan called Borovoye, I decided to make a stopover in the village of Makinsk, about 150 km north of the capital city Astana. I was keen to learn more about the communities and people living outside the capital and other major cities. Living in a modern, dynamic city like Astana, one does not get a true sense of people’s lives in rural Kazakhstan.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/europeandcentralasia/kazakhstan-s-economy-develops-ensuring-no-family-left-behind

ATO BROWN

30 years of working together to solve Shanghai’s most pressing water problems (World Bank blogs)

Cities are growing at a staggering rate, changing our world beyond recognition. For the first time in history, over half the population — 55 percent — lives in urban areas.  By 2050, that number will rise to 68 percent.  This rapid urban growth has given rise to sprawling megacities, many of which are in Asia and Africa.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/30-years-working-together-solve-shanghai-s-most-pressing-water-problems

SING CHO

Breastfeeding: A Foundational Investment in Human Capital (World Bank blogs)

The best first food for a baby, providing essential nutrition in the critical early years of life. A child’s first immunization and her best opportunity for bonding, early stimulation and healthy brain development. Breastfeeding is all these things, but it also more than that — it is a country’s first step towards building the human capital that will drive their economies in the future.

https://blogs.worldbank.org/health/breastfeeding-foundational-investment-human-capital

ANNETTE DIXON