With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India is the world’s largest democracy. Over the past decade, the country’s integration into the global economy has been accompanied by economic growth. India has now emerged as a global player.
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When Gopal Maharjan, a young engineering graduate in Nepal, started looking for a job in Kathmandu he did not get a great response. Then he heard about online jobs with CloudFactory, a “microwork” platform.... Show More + He and some friends formed a group and applied online. They were accepted and given part-time jobs doing work such as digitizing old, hand-written data, tracking supermarket receipts, or even medical transcription. The group meets regularly with CloudFactory staff to share questions about their work and learn.“Economically, this job is a lot of help,” says Gopal. “Now I don’t have to feel odd in front of my friends who are working, as I have a source of income as well. My family is also very supportive of the job, as they feel that I am being productive and not wasting my time.”Across the globe, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transforming the world of work, creating new job opportunities and making labor markets more innovative, inclusive, and global. Ac Show Less -
Bank Group ContributionIn 2005, the government of India requested the World Bank to provide non-lending technical assistance (NLTA) to help modify the crop insurance program, develop commercial weather-based... Show More + crop insurance products, and improve insurance coverage. As part of the NLTA with a US$1 million budget funded by trust funds, the World Bank has, together with the Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AICI), piloted the use of GPS and video-enabled mobile phones in CCEs. The pilots have been conducted in 50 districts for three seasons, starting in the winter of 2010. The NLTA has also enabled a policy dialogue with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Planning Commission about the fiscal and welfare impact of the modified insurance scheme. The NLTA has been supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Trust Fund.PartnersThe Government of India (GOI) has historically focused on crop insurance to mitigate the natural risks of farmi Show Less -
Maximizing Mobile - New World Bank Report Points to Human and Economic Development OpportunitiesWASHINGTON, July 17, 2012 --- Around three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants now have access to a mobile... Show More + phone and the mobile communications story is moving to a new level, which is not so much about the phone but how it is used, says a new report released today by the World Bank and infoDev, its technology entrepreneurship and innovation program. The number of mobile subscriptions in use worldwide, both pre-paid and post-paid, has grown from fewer than 1 billion in 2000 to over 6 billion now, of which nearly 5 billion in developing countries. Ownership of multiple subscriptions is becoming increasingly common, suggesting that their number will soon exceed that of the human population.According to Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile, more than 30 billion mobile applications, or “apps,” were downloaded in 2011 – software that extends the capabilities Show Less -
The global revolution in low-cost information and communication technologies can help address some of the developing world’s oldest challenges in water and sanitation. This is one of the conclusions... Show More + stemming from the first Water Hackathon in October 2011. The lessons from this event were released in a new report this week.With the number of mobile subscriptions exceeding 5 billion, more people today have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet. Convergence of widespread mobile phone ownership with new mobile services offers new platforms for reach, transparency, and participation in achieving water security.The Water Hackathon was a first-of-its-kind gathering of software developers in 10 cities around the world who competed to build software solutions to water sector challenges defined by governments, utilities, civil society groups, World Bank experts, and directly by citizens.The Hackathon, which took place simultaneously in Bangalore, Lagos, Lima, London, Nairobi, and Show Less -