Delivering results, changing lives: How development starts with people (World Bank)

People are what inspire my colleagues to do what they do. That may seem obvious, but I’m not sure it is. Many – including members of my own family – think that the World Bank Group is a complex, technical institution focused on balance sheets and exchange rates. And in part it is. But ask us about our mission, about our common goal, and you’ll hear about people.


Towards a data-driven Nepal that delivers to all (World Bank)

  • Data plays a critical role for successful implementation of federalism and acceleration of development progress in Nepal by improving fiscal relations and evidence-based decisions among the three tiers of governments.
  • In mid-2019, the World Bank in partnership with the Department for International Development Nepal, launched the Nepal Data Literacy Program. The program aims to sustainably transfer data literacy skills to professionals in Nepal who can proactively engage in evidence-based policy making, increase data literacy of Nepalis and support federalism in the country.
  • To power the data movement, the World Bank in collaboration with local partners has developed an open source Data Literacy Portal with resources and toolkits which can be customized and used in diverse contexts within and outside of Nepal to help users develop their data skills.

In Niger, a ‘crazy idea’ to restore degraded land pays off (World Bank)

February 21, 2020 was a day of celebration in Koné Béri, Niger. People gathered in the village for a ceremony 14 years in the making. Some had doubted that a “crazy idea to sell the air,” as local communities referred to the sale of carbon credits generated from their agro-forestry plantations, would ever come to fruition.  But on this day, leaders representing 26 rural communities accepted the first carbon credit payment ever made to Niger for reducing emissions.


Vietnam’s Development Strategy for Next Decade Must Put Productivity Growth Front and Center: Report (World Bank)

A productivity-driven development model–combining innovation with balanced development and allocation of private, public, human and natural capital–will be key for Vietnam to achieve its goal of becoming a high-income economy by 2045, a new World Bank report suggests.

World Bank’s Mission Billion Challenge Calls for Innovation to Strengthen Inclusion and Empower the World’s Invisible Billion (World Bank)

Lack of foundational identification prevents almost one billion people worldwide from accessing social protection, particularly in a time of crisis.

Investing in Nature Pays off for People and Biodiversity (World Bank)

If you take care of the land, it will take care of you, says Tsefaye Kidane, a 40-year-old coffee farmer from the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, a protected area in southwest Ethiopia that is also regarded as the birthplace of wild Arabica coffee.

How World Bank Arbitrators Mugged Pakistan (Project-Syndicate)

Thanks to the World Bank’s flawed and corrupt investment arbitration process, the rich are making a fortune at the expense of poor countries. The latest shakedown is a $5.9 billion award against Pakistan’s government in favor of two global mining companies for an illegal project that was never approved or carried out.

Jeffrey D. Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. His books include The End of PovertyCommon WealthThe Age of Sustainable DevelopmentBuilding the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.