Youth https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/918/all en Campaign Art: #GirlsCount https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-girlscount <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <strong><span>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</span></strong></p> <p> Getting access to quality education is one of the most pressing challenges. Around <a href="https://datatopics.worldbank.org/sdgatlas/SDG-04-quality-education.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">61 million primary school-age children remained out of school in 2014</a>, even though globally the enrollment in primary education in developing countries reached 91 percent.<br />  </p> <div> <img alt="" height="307" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/sdg_atlas.png" title="" width="700" /></div> <p> <br /> Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Statistics; WDI (<a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.PRE.ENRR?view=map" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SE.PRE.ENRR</a>, <a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.PRM.ENRR?view=map" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SE.PRM.ENRR</a>, <a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.SEC.ENRR?view=map" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SE.SEC.ENRR</a>, <a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.TER.ENRR?view=map" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SE.TER.ENRR</a>).<br /><br /> Although a global issue, it affects some groups more disproportionally than others. In many countries around the world girls are more likely to be denied education than boys. In order to raise awareness about the gender inequality and to urge global leaders to prioritize girls’ education, <a href="https://www.one.org/us/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The One Campaign</a> has launched a digital campaign #<a href="https://girlscount.one.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GirlsCount</a>.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 24 May 2017 18:15:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7726 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Block by block for inclusive public spaces https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-block-block-inclusive-public-spaces <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong> <p> Public spaces have been a place of social interaction from the very early beginnings of the human civilization. Taksim Square in Istanbul, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Maidan Square in Kiev, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires are among just a few common places around the world that have witnessed the most iconic events of the recent history.</p> <p> If public spaces are so important to everyday life of citizens, whose responsibility is it to create and maintain them? Should citizens have a say in how they are designed?</p> <p> <a href="https://unhabitat.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UN-Habitat</a>, a United Nations programme working towards a better urban future, partnered up with <a href="https://mojang.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mojang</a>, a Swedish video game developer, and Microsoft to involve people— especially youth, women and slum dwellers— in urban design by using the videogame <a href="https://minecraft.net/en-us/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Minecraft</a>. The innovative partnership, known as <a href="https://blockbyblock.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Block by Block</a>, was set up in 2012 to support the UN-Habitat’s work with public spaces. Take a look at the video below to learn more about this innovative approach.</p> <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-369 asset-video"> <strong > Block by Block </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/P4MjQy0xLhM"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/P4MjQy0xLhM" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div></div></div></div> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:41:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7702 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Raise your voice against cyberbullying https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-raise-your-voice-against-cyberbullying <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /><em>“When we curb abuse we will expand freedom” – Ashley Judd. </em><br /><br /> Cyberbullying has become pervasive, impacting the lives of millions of children worldwide. 9 out of 10 children experiencing cyberbullying never tell an adult. But the consequences of silence can be detrimental. According to the <a href="https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">American Academy of Pediatrics</a>’ Clinical Report, <a href="https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/06/24/peds.2016-1420#ref-32" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">being the victim of school bullying or cyberbullying is associated with substantial distress, resulting in lower school performance and school attachment.</a><br /><br /> In order to raise awareness of the damages of cyberbullying, <a href="https://us.norton.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Norton</a>, an anti-malware software company, published a documentary-style <a href="https://creativity-online.com/work/norton-raise-your-voice-against-cyber-bullying/49639" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">film</a> on their website. Produced by <a href="https://grey.com/us" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Grey San Francisco Agency</a>, the video features six real life families, and their children telling their stories of being cyberbullied. The kids read some of the messages they have received on their phones, while their parents listen on the other side of the room. <p>  </p> <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-333 asset-video"> <strong > Raise Your Voice Against Cyberbullying </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/gAGcPvygSOw"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/gAGcPvygSOw" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <span>Source: <a href="https://us.norton.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Norton</a></span><a href="https://us.norton.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> </a></div></div></div> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:30:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7648 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-296 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <strong><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/2_1.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="178" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/2_1.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="180" /></a>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="https://www.csis.org/analysis/recurring-storms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Recurring Storms: Food Insecurity, Political Instability, and Conflict</a><br /> Center for Strategic and International Studies</strong><br /> Renewed and expanded international collaboration to anticipate and prepare for recurring storms of food insecurity is essential. Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Syria are examples that vividly underscore the explosiveness of situations in which people find themselves unable to get the food they want and need. The experiences of post-conflict countries highlight some critical issues that need to be prioritized in order to regain sustainable food security. Averting future storms will require the recognition that food security challenges will extend long beyond 2030, political leadership must be visibly committed to these issues, and actions to reduce fragmentation of effort will be critical.</p> <p> <strong><a href="https://www.dawn.com/news/1314377/world-radio-day" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Radio Day</a></strong><br /><strong>Dawn</strong><br /> RADIO remains the most dynamic and engaging mediums in the 21st century, offering new ways to interact and participate. This powerful communication tool and low-cost medium can reach the widest audience, including remote communities and vulnerable people such as the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor. Radio offers these communities a platform to intervene in public debate, irrespective of their educational level. It provides an opportunity to participate in policy and decision-making processes, and to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expression. The impact of radio is at different levels: it is an essential tool in times of disaster management as an effective medium to reach affected people when other means of communication are disrupted; it is a way of promoting gender equality by providing rural women access to knowledge and support; finally, it is inclusive, engaging youth in the media as catalysts of change.</div></div></div> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7633 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere #4 from 2016: What is your challenge? Creating Jobs and Livelihoods for the bottom 40% https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/4-2016-what-your-challenge-creating-jobs-and-livelihoods-bottom-40 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img alt="A farmer harvests mung beans in Cambodia's northern province. " height="187" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/10476005835_d3a4d4901d_z.jpg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title=" Chhor Sokunthea / World Bank" width="280" /><strong><em>Our Top Ten blog posts by readership in 2016.<span> </span></em></strong><em>This post was <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/what-your-challenge-creating-jobs-and-livelihoods-bottom-40" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">originally published </a>on February 12, 2016.  </em><br /><br /><span>Extreme poverty in the world has decreased considerably over the past three decades. In 1981, more than half of citizens in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day. This rate has dropped dramatically to 21% in 2010. Moreover, despite a 59% increase in the developing world’s population, there were significantly fewer people living on less than $1.25 a day in 2010 (1.2 billion) than there were three decades ago (1.9 billion). However, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty—an extremely high figure, so the task ahead of us remains herculean.</span> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <br /> Among the poor, 78% live in rural areas, and 500 million of these are small farmers. Of these, 170 million are women farmers. Globally, 2.5 billion are dependent on small farms as a source of livelihood and employment.  Agriculture contributes one third of GDP in Africa and more than 65% of the workforce depends on this sector. There has been significant progress in increasing agricultural production and expansion of livelihood and economic opportunities in rural areas. There are about 40 million enterprises, from very small to medium-sized, involved in agribusiness. </div></div></div> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000 Parmesh Shah 7600 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: #BeatMe https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-beatme <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> In order to raise public awareness about violence against women and girls around the world, in 2008 the <a href="https://www.un.org/sg/en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">United Nations Secretary-General</a> launched the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/about.shtml" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign</a>, with the objective to bring together a number of agencies committed to end violence against women and girls. <br /><br /> Gender based violence is a human rights violation that needs to be rooted out. “In 2012, 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family. Only 1 out of 20 of all men killed were killed in such circumstances” – reports <a href="https://www.unwomen.org/en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UN Women</a>, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In order to reach the new <a href="https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sustainable Development Goals</a>, violence against women and girls needs to be at the forefront of the global agenda. <br /><br /> Leading up to the <a href="https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women</a> (November 25), <a href="https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/pakistan" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UN Women Pakistan</a> published a powerful campaign <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t7RhUhnB7s" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">video</a> focusing on women’s rights.<br /><br /> This powerful video showcases a woman daring a man to beat her at things she is good at. It as an unusual campaign video, with a dramatic plot line, aiming to inspire women.<br /><br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-308 asset-video"> <strong > #BeatMe | I Am UNbeatable </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/0t7RhUhnB7s"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/0t7RhUhnB7s" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> <span>Source of the video: <a href="https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/countries/pakistan" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UN Women</a></span></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7581 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Take a good look in the mirror https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-take-good-look-mirror <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Road traffic injuries are becoming a major cause of death throughout the world, claiming a total of <a href="https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2015/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">1.2 million</a> lives each year. According to the data from the “<a href="https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2015/en/" target="_blank" title="https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2015/en/Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link" rel="nofollow">Global Status Report on Road Safety</a>” of<a href="https://www.who.int/en/" target="_blank" title="https://www.who.int/en/Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link" rel="nofollow"> World Health Organization (WHO)</a>, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years.  <br /><br /> Alcohol intake increases the risk of traffic injuries and puts millions of lives in danger. Unless progress is accelerated, road injuries, especially involving drunk driving, will remain a major public health challenge. However, many of these deaths are largely preventable.<br /><br /><a href="https://wesavelives.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">We Save Lives</a> is a non-profit organization, dedicated to campaigning against drunk driving. In order to raise awareness about their cause, they launched a powerful anti-drunk driving initiative "<a href="https://wesavelives.org/we-save-lives-launches-reflections-from-inside/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Reflections From Inside</a>"<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-300 asset-video"> <strong > We Save Lives </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/mAFpkKL6c6w"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/mAFpkKL6c6w" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> Source of the video: <a href="https://wesavelives.org/we-save-lives-launches-reflections-from-inside/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">We Save Lives</a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:21:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7570 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: End the Silence https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-end-silence <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /><img alt="" height="213" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/abusedgoddess2.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="320" />October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.<br />  <br /> Violence against women is a major hurdle to development, and unless its root causes are addressed, many of the <a href="https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a> will not be met. It’s an issue that stains the futures of millions of women and girls, every day, all over the world.<br />  <br /> In a 2005 report, the World Health Organization stated that violence against women is a major threat to social and economic development. It has been linked to poverty, lack of education, gender inequality, child mortality and maternal illness. An unprecedented number of countries have laws against domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence. Challenges remain however in implementing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice. Not enough is done to prevent violence, and when it does occur, it often goes unpunished.<br />  <br /> Up to 7 in 10 women report having been physically or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50 per cent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16. One in four women experiences physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.<br /><br /> Those are grim numbers and part of the problem is that violence against women is simply not recognized.<br /><br /> So how can we tackle this global issue? One way is by bringing more awareness to it.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:51:00 +0000 Sangeetha Shanmugham 7525 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Refugee team carries bittersweet message to the world https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/refugee-team-carries-bittersweet-message-world <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin-bottom:10px; padding:5px; line-height:10px"> Also available in: <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/es/deportistas-del-equipo-olimpico-de-refugiados-un-mensaje-agridulce-al-mundo" rel="nofollow">Español</a></div> <p> <img alt="" height="214" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/28115836553_ed082f8783_z.jpg" style="float:left" title="Photo by Andy Miah Follow, some rights reserved" width="320" />Thousands of spectators rippled to their feet while millions of others around the world joyfully watched live images on TV as the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) marched in Brazil’s Maracanã Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. Comprised of five South Sudanese runners, two Congolese judokas, two swimmers from Syria and a marathoner from Ethiopia, the six male and four female athletes were selected from a pool of 43 possible candidates.  Their inclusion was one of the top feel-good moments of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio because the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee_Olympic_Team_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympics" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">10-athlete-team</a> not only carried the Olympic flag, but also a message of hope for millions of young people that have been driven from their homes.<br />  <br /> However, while there is much to celebrate and many to praise for this unprecedented and historical initiative in the world of sports, in an ideal world such a team should not exist at all. The few joyful moments - compounded with our cheers - should not obscure the realities of unmatched human suffering in refugee camps worldwide. The very existence of such a team reminds us that the world has collectively failed over <a href="https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/latest/2016/6/5763b65a4/global-forced-displacement-hits-record-high.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">65 million displaced</a> people in helping them return home or find a new place to call their permanent home. These athletes represent a community that is running away from regional conflicts, civil wars, aggressions, genocides, famines, poverty, and diseases— some of which are so deep-rooted that finding viable solutions seems elusive.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:15:00 +0000 Farhad Peikar 7484 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Dance lessons for scholarships https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-dance-lessons-scholarships <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Do you know how to dance? You may be one of those that have a natural instinct for rhythm and movement, or you may be one of those that need some lessons to just learn how to do the steps.<br /><br /> How about exchanging dance lessons for scholarships? The <a href="https://fundacionjpgc.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Juan Pablo Gutierrez Caceres Foundation</a> in Colombia offers scholarships for post-graduate studies to Colombian students with limited resources. This foundation capitalized on the great dance skills of the people of the Chocó region in Colombia. They offer online dance classes for a fee, and the money is used for the scholarship program of the foundation in that region.<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-271 asset-video"> <strong > CHOCÓ TO DANCE </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/xi_3EeO8kvs"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/xi_3EeO8kvs" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> Source of video: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/lowessp3/about" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MullenLoweSSP3</a><br /></div></div></div> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:52:00 +0000 Davinia Levy 7424 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Raising the Volume to Fight Tuberculosis https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-raising-volume-fight-tuberculosis <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> Tuberculosis is the #1 infectious disease killer in the world.  It kills <a href="https://www.tballiance.org/news/tb-now-worlds-leading-infectious-killer" rel="nofollow">more people</a> annually than HIV/AIDS. Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria that most often affect the lungs. TB is spread from person to person through the air (coughing, sneezing, etc). Each year, almost 10 million people develop TB, at least 1 million of which are children.<br /><br /> Tuberculosis is curable and preventable. However, since it’s <a href="https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.TBS.INCD/countries/1W?display=map" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">most affected areas</a> are in developing countries, international assistance and action is critical to help control, contain and eliminate this disease.  To raise awareness about TB, especially its effect on children, the campaign “<a href="https://www.louderthantb.org/" rel="nofollow">Louder than TB</a>” produced this short - yet hard to watch - video:<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-252 asset-video"> <strong > Louder than TB </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/LEbTtZ1Uzfo?wmode=transparent"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/LEbTtZ1Uzfo?wmode=transparent" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> Source: <a href="https://www.tballiance.org/take-action" rel="nofollow">TB Alliance</a><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:09:00 +0000 Davinia Levy 7353 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly wire: The global forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-251 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px 0px 10px; border:0px currentColor; clear:both; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <h4> <img alt="World of News" height="179" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Weekly%20Wire%20Photo_1.jpeg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title="" width="180" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</h4> <div> <strong><a href="https://one_org_international.s3.amazonaws.com/international/media/international/2016/03/05003440/PovertySexist_2016.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Poverty is Sexist 2016 Report</a></strong><br /> ONE Campaign<br /> Last year ONE released its first “Poverty is Sexist” report, aimed at pressuring leaders to put girls and women at the heart of key policies and decisions. The report demonstrated two truths: 1. That poverty and gender inequality go hand-in-hand. Being born in a poor country and being born female amount to a double whammy for girls and women: they are significantly worse off than their counterparts in richer countries, and in every sphere they are hit harder by poverty than men. 2. Investments targeted towards girls and women pay dividends in lifting everyone out of poverty more quickly, and are essential in the overall fight to end extreme poverty everywhere. 2015 saw the world debate and decide the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and a climate deal at COP 21 in Paris. This year, leaders have the opportunity to turn these aspirations into results.<br />  <br /><strong><a href="https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/practice-note--young-people-s-participation-in-peacebuilding/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Practice Note: Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding</a></strong><br /> UNDP<br /> Throughout the world, more than 600 million young people live in fragile and conflict-affected contexts today.  They are among the most affected by the multiple and often interlinked forms of violence – from political violence and criminal gangs to organized crime and terrorist attacks that plague their countries and communities, bearing enormous and long-lasting human, social and economic costs. Over the past decade, the involvement of some young people – particularly young men, but also increasingly young women – in violence and extremist groups has led some to paint youth generally as a threat to global security and stability. But research shows that youth who participate actively in violence are a minority, while the majority of youth – despite the injustices, deprivations and abuse they can confront daily, particularly in conflict contexts – are not violent and do not participate in violence. Moreover, a growing body of evidence suggests that young women and men can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change.<br />  </div></div></div> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:49:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7335 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Results-based financing links masses of youth with employment in Nepal https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/results-based-financing-links-masses-youth-employment-nepal <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <img alt="Building electrician training, Nepal" height="186" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/building-electrician-1.jpg" style="float:left" title="Helvetas Employment Fund, Nepal" width="280" />Bettina Jenny and Sonja Hofstetter of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Switzerland and Gisela Keller of Helvetas USA explain how a skills development program in Nepal has trained over 100,000 youth— with more than 75,000 of them gainfully employed.</h4> <p> In Nepal, about 500,000 young people enter the Nepalese labor market every year. Most of them are unskilled and have not completed formal education. Moreover, the private sector in Nepal is weak, and a ten-year-long civil war (1996-2006) and subsequent ongoing political instability have contributed to the worsening economic and social situation. In short, getting a job is a huge challenge for many young people in Nepal.<br /><br /><strong>Good intentions are not enough. </strong>Future employment and earning outcomes are the key indicator to measure the success of skills training. Many development actors provide skills training with the goal of making personal and economic perspectives available to youth in countries with high unemployment. Such programs tend to focus more on training delivery than on employment, and graduates of these kinds of youth skills programs often discover that their newly acquired skills do not meet market demands.<br /><br /><strong>We do things differently.</strong> In 2007, the <a href="https://www.eda.admin.ch/sdc" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation</a> (SDC) joined with <a href="https://www.helvetas.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation</a> to establish the <a href="https://www.employmentfund.org.np/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Employment Fund</a> to create new and effective ways to scale up approaches addressing the alarming scope of youth unemployment in Nepal. Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Department for International Development (<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">DFID</a>) and the <a href="https://www.worldbank.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Bank</a>, the Employment Fund began its operations in 2008. The Employment Fund offers training in about 80 occupations in construction, hospitality, garments and textile, agriculture, and electronics – to name a few -- in locations all over Nepal. The Employment Fund <a href="https://www.employmentfund.org.np/employment-fund-wins-global-ilo-call-on-youth-employment/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">received a prize</a> for good practice in youth employment awarded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and was <a href="https://www.oecd.org/dac/dacprize.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">among the ten finalists</a> for the OECD DAC Prize for Taking Development Innovation to Scale.<br /><br /> Unlike many other skills training programs, the Employment Fund applies a results-based financing approach that has proven to effectively lead to gainful employment upon the completion of training. Training providers are paid based on their success in training youth and subsequently connecting them with the labor market. The key result is gainful employment.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:26:00 +0000 HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation 7334 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Blog post of the month: What is your challenge? Creating Jobs and Livelihoods for the bottom 40% https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/blog-post-month-what-your-challenge-creating-jobs-and-livelihoods-bottom-40 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <h4> Each month People, Spaces, Deliberation shares the blog post that generated the most interest and discussion. In February 2016, the featured blog post is "<a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/what-your-challenge-creating-jobs-and-livelihoods-bottom-40" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">What is your challenge? Creating Jobs and Livelihoods for the bottom 40%</a>" by Parmesh Shah.</h4> <img alt="A farmer harvests mung beans in Cambodia's northern province. " height="187" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/10476005835_d3a4d4901d_z.jpg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:right" title=" Chhor Sokunthea / World Bank" width="280" />Extreme poverty in the world has decreased considerably over the past three decades. In 1981, more than half of citizens in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day. This rate has dropped dramatically to 21% in 2010. Moreover, despite a 59% increase in the developing world’s population, there were significantly fewer people living on less than $1.25 a day in 2010 (1.2 billion) than there were three decades ago (1.9 billion). However, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty—an extremely high figure, so the task ahead of us remains herculean.<br />   <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> Among the poor, 78% live in rural areas, and 500 million of these are small farmers. Of these, 170 million are women farmers. Globally, 2.5 billion are dependent on small farms as a source of livelihood and employment.  Agriculture contributes one third of GDP in Africa and more than 65% of the workforce depends on this sector. There has been significant progress in increasing agricultural production and expansion of livelihood and economic opportunities in rural areas. There are about 40 million enterprises, from very small to medium-sized, involved in agribusiness. </div>  <br /> Nevertheless, they are too small in size and quality to make the kind of dent in jobs and employment that is needed.  Agriculture accounts for 32% of total employment globally, according to the <a href="https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/features/WCMS_233938/lang--en/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ILO’s Global Employment Trends Report 2014</a>.  In 2013, 74.5 million youth – aged 15-24 - were unemployed, an increase of more than 700,000 over the previous year. That same year, the global youth unemployment rate reached 13.1%, which was almost three times as high as the adult unemployment rate. One contributing factor in these rates is the lack of interest in agriculture among youth cohorts.  Simply put, agriculture is not a preferred job and livelihood option for young people.<br />  </div></div></div> Fri, 04 Mar 2016 16:53:00 +0000 Parmesh Shah 7327 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere What is your challenge? Creating Jobs and Livelihoods for the bottom 40% https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/what-your-challenge-creating-jobs-and-livelihoods-bottom-40 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img alt="A farmer harvests mung beans in Cambodia's northern province. " height="187" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/10476005835_d3a4d4901d_z.jpg" style="float:right" title=" Chhor Sokunthea / World Bank" width="280" />Extreme poverty in the world has decreased considerably over the past three decades. In 1981, more than half of citizens in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day. This rate has dropped dramatically to 21% in 2010. Moreover, despite a 59% increase in the developing world’s population, there were significantly fewer people living on less than $1.25 a day in 2010 (1.2 billion) than there were three decades ago (1.9 billion). However, 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty—an extremely high figure, so the task ahead of us remains herculean.<br />   <div> Among the poor, 78% live in rural areas, and 500 million of these are small farmers. Of these, 170 million are women farmers. Globally, 2.5 billion are dependent on small farms as a source of livelihood and employment.  Agriculture contributes one third of GDP in Africa and more than 65% of the workforce depends on this sector. There has been significant progress in increasing agricultural production and expansion of livelihood and economic opportunities in rural areas. There are about 40 million enterprises, from very small to medium-sized, involved in agribusiness. </div>  <br /> Nevertheless, they are too small in size and quality to make the kind of dent in jobs and employment that is needed.  Agriculture accounts for 32% of total employment globally, according to the <a href="https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/features/WCMS_233938/lang--en/index.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ILO’s Global Employment Trends Report 2014</a>.  In 2013, 74.5 million youth – aged 15-24 - were unemployed, an increase of more than 700,000 over the previous year. That same year, the global youth unemployment rate reached 13.1%, which was almost three times as high as the adult unemployment rate. One contributing factor in these rates is the lack of interest in agriculture among youth cohorts.  Simply put, agriculture is not a preferred job and livelihood option for young people.<br />  </div></div></div> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:53:00 +0000 Parmesh Shah 7306 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere