Fragility, Conflict, and Violence

Learn how one of our projects has helped put an end to fighting in the Tanganyika Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo with conflict-resolution activities.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2019/03/19/from-fighters-to-peace-builders-in-tanganyika-province
“We were discriminated against and marginalized and had to defend ourselves,” counters Nyumba Isha, head of the Twa self-defense militia, shaking hands with a mediation officer from international NGO Search for Common Ground. © World Bank
World Toilet Day

They risk their lives on the job, facing extreme health hazards and safety risks. A new report identifies ways to improve their wellbeing.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2019/11/19/sanitation-workers
Senzi Dumakude, a member of an eThekwini Municipality sewage blockage crew, in Durban, South Africa. Credit: Nyani Quarmyne/WaterAid
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The number of people practicing open defecation—defecating outside—was cut nearly in half between 2000 and 2017, from 1.3 billion to around 670 million (9% of the global population). In India, open defecation decreased by 55%, from 767 million to 344 million people, but India still had the largest number of people practicing open defecation in 2017, followed by Nigeria and Indonesia. Open defecation contaminates sources of drinking water and spreads diseases such as cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. The World Health Organization estimates that inadequate sanitation causes 432,000 diarrheal deaths annually. Read More

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