There has been substantial progress in reducing child mortality in the past several decades and over the last sixteen years, the reduction in child mortality rates accelerated. But even in 2016, 15,000 children died every day, and more than 80 percent of these deaths occur in just two regions – Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Read More.
Since 1970, the electricity generation capacity of Turkey has increased more than 30-fold to reach 70,000 MW in March 2015. In a country of nearly 80 million people, demand for electricity has risen about 7 percent annually in recent years, requiring steady efforts to expand the sources of reliable and clean power. Starting in the early 2000s, through a series of interlinked measures supported by the World Bank Group, the country has worked to meet this growing demand, while spurring private-sector investment and innovation. Read more.
It’s not just the quantity of education that matters, it’s the quality. It’s hard to measure learning in a way that’s comparable across countries, but the new World Development Report draws on new studies which attempt to do just that. The recently updated “Global Data Set on Education Quality” suggests that more than 60 percent of primary school children in low- and middle- income countries fail to achieve minimum proficiency in mathematics and reading. By comparison, in high-income countries nearly all children reach this level in primary school. Read More.
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