Countries must find the political will to insist on the prudence in debt management and transparency in borrowing to avoid the pitfalls of debt.
Students in Primary Seven at Zanaki Primary School in Tanzania. © Sarah Farhat/World Bank
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To end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

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Smoking prevalence is much higher among adult men than adult women worldwide. One out of three men smokes, and only one in 16 women (i.e. 6 percent of women) smokes a tobacco product on a daily or non-daily basis. However, even though women smoke much less, they are often exposed to harm with high levels of second-hand smoking.


Prevalence of smoking also has stark regional variation. Overall, smoking is most prevalent in Europe and Central Asia (29 percent), and least prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa (10 percent). Read More


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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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