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Why did the elephant cross the road?

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A new World Bank study finds that some Chilean technicians with a two-year degree have education returns that are only slightly lower than those of professionals. (Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank)



Two years ago, 23-year-old Pedro Flores became a technician specializing in renewable energy—all thanks to a degree from a technical institute in Maule, located in one of Chile’s poorest regions. After completing his degree in just two years, Flores became the only person in his family to obtain an advanced degree. Today, he lives in Santiago and works for a private solar energy multinational corporation, where he earns a competitive salary that is only slightly below the average for entry-level professionals in his field, most of whom spent over five years in university.

Railways are the future—so how can countries finance them?

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At the start of the decade, the World Pensions Council (WPC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) helped convene some of the first international summits focusing on the future of long-term investments in the post-Lehman era, arguing that infrastructure would soon become an asset class in its own right.
 
At that time, we thought that the crisis would usher an era of durably low interest rates, pushing more pension and insurance investors to pursue a “quest for yields,” increasing mechanically their allocation to non-traditional asset classes such as:

As iron sharpens iron

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One of the characteristics of the Finnish education system has been to provide equal opportunities for all. However, according to the latest PISA results, the socio-economic status of the students seems to also be playing a role in Finland. (Photo: Z. Mrdja/World Bank)


Finland’s success in PISA ― a worldwide study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of 15-year-old students’ aptitudes in mathematics, science, and reading ― was a surprise to Finns. In 2006, it was the best performing country. Even though the results have declined, Finland still ranks among the top countries.

Is there a role for the private sector in managing land registry offices?

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The protection of real property rights and improving the efficiency of land and property markets are key pillars in a modern, well-functioning economy. Over the last 30 years, many countries have initiated programs to issue land titles for all properties, improve the performance of land administration services, automate land information systems, and integrate them with ongoing e-government and e-service programs.

The World Bank, often with other development partners, has provided more than $1.5 billion in grants, credit and loans to more than 50 countries to support the implementation of such programs. Other bilateral and multi-lateral development partners have also provided substantial funding and technical assistance to many countries.

PPI Database users leave their mark on the new resources section

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Students at Abarso School of Science and Technology.
Abaarso was founded in 2009 as a not-for-profit school in Somaliland. Today, there are over 80 Abaarso students studying abroad, including at such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Yale, and MIT. (Photo: Abaarso School) 


Editor's note: This is a guest blog by Jonathan Starr, founder of Abaarso School of Science and Technology, and the author of “It Takes A School.”

60 Minutes, The New York Times, MSNBC, BBC, and CNN are just some of the media outlets that have covered the story of Abaarso School in Somaliland. Abaarso is also the subject of a recently released book, It Takes A School, and an upcoming documentary, Somaliland, The Abaarso Story. All this attention is the result of Abaarso’s extraordinary success, despite conventional wisdom believing Abaarso’s results were impossible anywhere, never mind in the unrecognized breakaway country of Somaliland. Given Abaarso’s achievements and modest price tag, its approach is worth a deeper dive for lessons that can be applied elsewhere.

Nigeria: Getting PPPs right

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La mayoría de nosotros nunca hemos visto una catástrofe como la crisis en Siria. Los tres años de  guerra civil han convertido a millones de personas en refugiados en su propia tierra y afectado a naciones fuera de las fronteras de este país. Millones han huido en busca de refugio a Turquía, Iraq, Egipto, y, en particular, a Jordania y el Líbano, los cuales han abierto sus puertas y corazones. Ahora, estos necesitan ayuda del resto del mundo.
 

Preparing bankable infrastructure projects

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Jerry Brown is the governor of California. He spoke ahead of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Leadership Summit about politics and the value of his state's emissions trading system in building a healthier, cleaner future. The state's economy is growing, and its climate work is setting a pace for the nation.

Nigeria blazes the trail for PPP disclosures with new web portal

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April 8 was International Romani Day. As we celebrate the Roma people and their culture, we must remember the serious issues they face every day: stigmatization, discrimination, exclusion, and poverty. Join Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez and Senior Social Scientist Nina Bhatt as they discuss these issues.
 
 


 

David Baxter - 10 Candid Career Questions with Infrastructure & PPP professionals

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El viaje en barco desde Port Elizabeth a Kingstown, en el país caribeño de San Vicente y las Granadinas, es un trayecto de una hora que los lugareños hacen varias veces al día. Durante uno de estos viajes cotidianos, el barco de Kamara Jerónimo, un joven pescador sanvicentino, se quedó sin gasolina aproximadamente a seis millas de la ciudad de Bequia,  lo que se conoce localmente como el "Canal de Bequia". Mientras esperaba ayuda, bajo el sol inclemente y en medio de fuertes ráfagas de viento, nació la idea de desarrollar un barco movido por energía solar y eólica. Poco después, la idea se convirtió en prototipo; el barco movido por tecnología "verde" estaba en el agua, y su joven creador –de apenas 20 años-  se convirtió en ganador de concursos internacionales de innovación y en un modelo a seguir para otros jóvenes del Caribe.

En México, Daniel Gómez, un joven ingeniero, dirige una compañía multimillonaria de bio-diesel, originalmente concebida como un proyecto de investigación para su clase de química en la escuela secundaria. Gómez y sus socios - Guillermo Colunga, Antonio López, y Mauricio Pareja - fundaron SOLBEN (Soluciones en Bioenergía) poco después de cumplir 20 años.

Aunque Daniel y Kamara tienen diferentes niveles educativos, comparten una habilidad importante: la capacidad de identificar un problema, desarrollar una solución innovadora, y llevarla al mercado. En otras palabras, ser un empresario, una opción de ser económicamente activo que parece estar funcionando. Y no solo para unos pocos.

Los jóvenes de 15 a 29 años representan más de un cuarto de la población total del mundo. En promedio, tienen niveles de educación superior, se casan y comienzan familias más tarde que las generaciones de sus padres. Además, son conocidos por tener –más que nunca- acceso a, y conocimiento de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación (TIC).

Boosting access to market-based debt financing for sub-national entities

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While more ECA program countries are participating in the PISA assessment of 15-year-old students' skills, education poverty in these countries has only slightly declined since 2000. (Photo: Aigul Eshtaeva / World Bank)

Recently, the OECD released the results for PISA 2015, an international assessment that measures the skills of 15-year-old students in applying their knowledge of science, reading, and mathematics to real-life problems. There is a sense of urgency to ensure that students have solid skills amidst modest economic growth and long-term demographic decline in Europe and Central Asia (ECA).


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