Green Growth: Putting Morocco in the Lead against Climate Change — World Bank org|The end of fossil fuel subsidies has opened up opportunities for energy efficiency gains and made renewable energy more competitive.

Flore de Préneuf / World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS Morocco’s vision of inclusive green growth is based on better management of natural resources to generate more jobs, value and wellbeing from existing assets. The end of fossil fuel subsidies has favored an increase in renewable energy investments and allowed government spending on social programs to go…

Surgery Could Save Millions of Lives in Developing Countries — The World Bank Org

STORY HIGHLIGHTS A new book, “Essential Surgery,” says greater access to surgical care in developing countries could avert 1.5 million deaths a year. Basic surgeries such as setting broken bones or delivering babies via Caesarean section are among the most cost-effective health interventions in developing countries. “Essential Surgery” is the first of nine volumes in…

Aga Khan University graduates 823 Ugandan head teachers — New Vision Uganda article by John Agaba

The Agha Khan University Institute of Educational Development in East Africa yesterday awarded Certificates in Educational Leadership and Management programme to 823 Ugandan Secondary School head teachers. Ministry of Education and sports Director basic and secondary /HIV AIDS sector co-coordinator Yusuf K Nsubuga (right) receiving one of the certificates from Aga Khan University Institute Education…

Growing Together: Ensuring Young People Benefit from New Growth in Europe

The latest EU11 RER looks at ways to help lower barriers and remove disencentives for young people entering the labor force in 11 countries in Europe. Average unemployment among youth in the EU11 sub-region is 26%. – John Mackedon/World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS The latest EU11 Regular Economic Report (EU 11 RER) showcases economic progress across…

How to Fix Poor Quality Education in South Asia — World Bank’s Feature story

Arne Hoel/World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS In today’s world of rapid technological change and increasing global competitiveness, South Asian countries need a well-educated and skilled workforce to sustain long periods of growth. While the region has made tremendous gains in expanding access to schooling over the past decade, a new report by the World Bank says…

Abraham Path: A cross-cultural, long-distance tourism route which is more than 400 km long and connects 40 communities across four countries can boost tourism and economic development and peacebuilding

Abraham Path: Can Tourism Alleviate Poverty and Boost Shared Prosperity? — World Bank org Feature story STORY HIGHLIGHTS A walking path that follows the historic route of Abraham, a central figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam offers both a more meaningful type of tourism and an innovative approach to development More than 4,000 people have…

Modern Orchard Techniques Flourish in an Ancient Afghan Valley — Balkh province farmers says it is more profitable to grow fruit than opium poppies

Local farmer Ahmad Shah (55) in his orchard where he grows pomegranates, almonds and figs. Graham Crouch / World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS Fruit farmers whose families have tended orchards for decades in Balkh province are now using new techniques and tools to increase their yield and income. High-density planting in new orchards is also showing…

Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity — World Bank org / Video

 This major new report distills vast data and hundreds of studies to shed new light on constraints facing women and girls worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives.   Despite recent advances in important aspects of…

World Bank President and Aga Khan Discuss Poverty Alleviation

London, 8 May 2014 – His Highness the Aga Khan met on Thursday (May 8) with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the 12th president of the World Bank Group, to discuss global development challenges and efforts to end poverty. The meeting, held at the World Bank’s London offices, was the first between the chairman of the…