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Blog | Dematerialization, degrowth, and climate change agenda

The concept of dematerialization refers to an absolute or relative reduction in the quantity of materials required to serve economic functions in society. Reducing the volume of material and energy used to produce goods and services diminishes the environmental impact. 

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Video | More than a Number: 76%

Globally, women have on average just three-quarters of the legal rights afforded to men. While there has been substantial progress over the past 50 years, the pace of reform is too slow. Amidst a global pandemic that threatens progress toward gender equality, reforms guaranteeing women's economic opportunity are more important than ever. 

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Video | World Development Report 2021: The Social Contract for Data

Data are a powerful weapon for fighting poverty in low- and middle-income countries. But data themselves won’t help lift people out of poverty. It’s the people using them that generate insights that can turn into action to improve development outcomes. 

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  • World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives

    World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives explores the tremendous potential of the changing data landscape to improve the lives of poor people, while also acknowledging its potential to open back doors that can harm individuals, businesses, and societies. 

  • The Innovation Imperative for Developing East Asia

    The Innovation Imperative in Developing East Asia aims to deepen understanding of the role of innovation in future development. The report examines the state of innovation in the region and analyzes the main constraints that firms and countries face to innovating. 

  • The Human Capital Index 2020 Update : Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19
    The Human Capital Index 2020 Update : Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

    The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19 presents the first update of the HCI, using health and education data available as of March 2020. It documents new evidence on trends, examples of successes, and analytical work on the utilization of human capital. 

  • Food Systems in Africa : Rethinking the Role of Markets

    Food for cities in Africa is changing under the triple effect of growth demography, urbanization and transformations in agricultural production and trade. These changes create risks: African cities increasingly face the challenges of undernutrition and malnutrition. But they also generate new opportunities: the economy food is the continent’s main source of employment and will remain so in the near future, both to ensure agricultural production, agro-food processing and product distribution. 

  • Women, Business and the Law 2021

    Women, Business and the Law 2021 is the seventh in a series of annual studies measuring the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. This edition makes an important contribution to research and policy discussions about the state of women’s economic empowerment. Prepared during a global pandemic that threatens progress toward gender equality, findings on government responses to COVID-19 and pilot research related to childcare and women’s access to justice.

  • Primer on Large-Scale Assessments of Educational Achievement

    To improve their education systems, countries around the world have increasingly initiated national largescale assessment programs or participated in international or regional large-scale assessment studies for the first time. Well-constructed large-scale assessments can provide credible information on student achievement levels, which, in turn, can promote better resource allocation to schools, stronger education service delivery, and improved learning outcomes. 

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