As countries take initial steps to recover from COVID-19, the World Bank’s IDA is mounting a response defined by speed, scale, and selectivity to empower countries to embark on a resilient and inclusive recovery.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 27 economies in all regions and income groups enacted reforms to remove obstacles to women’s economic inclusion across all areas and increased good practices in legislation in 45 cases, according to the Women, Business and the Law 2021. The greatest number of reforms introduced or amended laws affecting pay and parenthood. Read more.
The COVID-19-related global recession and economic policy response have triggered a surge in debt levels in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs). Coming on top of a surge in global debt since 2010, this creates new risks. Read More.
Half the children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10. These children are considered learning poor. Learning poor refers to children at the end of primary school who read at below the minimum proficiency level and children out of school who are assumed to not read proficiently. About 10 percent of children are out of school, and another 40 percent are not learning while in school. Learning poverty rates exceed 50 percent in four regions. Learn More in the 2020 SDG Atlas.
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