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Carbon pricing was the center of discussion as Carbon Expo got underway in Barcelona on May 26. World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte was asked by RTCC about the changing views toward carbon pricing as a policy tool in the fight against climate change and how business leaders responded to carbon pricing during Climate Week Paris the previous week.

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An easier way of finding education data online. (Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank)


Statistics. Either you love or hate them. We certainly need them to compare and measure data, as well as to make informed decisions. Here at the World Bank, we often get calls from researchers, students and journalists asking for education data: Is there an increase in the number of tertiary education students in Brazil in 2017? How much are governments in South Asia spending on education? Where can we find a database of World Bank education projects?

We try to help answer these, as much as we can, but a quicker and easier way of finding this data is to visit the World Bank’s revamped EdStats website. EdStats – the World Bank’s portal for accessing education-related data – has been around since 1998 and is one of the most used websites by education specialists at the World Bank and partner organizations. User feedback has been highly positive: the interface looks neater, highly mobile and tablet-friendly. Allow me to give you a “tour” of the revamped website.

Cynthia Olotch — 10 candid career questions with infrastructure & PPP professionals

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Emotions are the DNA of human experience. Social relationships play a pivotal role in helping us become fully human. Connectedness is an essential need for our species. So, we tend to assume it comes naturally and, thus, needs not to be taught in schools.

It is only recently that policymakers and organisations are paying attention and defining emotions and social skills as essential to a well-rounded education. This is mostly based on growing evidence that socio-emotional skills increase academic outcomes and well-being and employers seek those skills and will pay for them.

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Philippe Desfossés is the CEO of ERAFP, the French Public Service Additional Pension Scheme. He spoke about carbon pricing from an investor's perspective.

“I support putting a price on carbon because it fixes a market failure. Without carbon pricing, the market has no way to address the costs associated carbon emissions. These costs end up being borne by everyone, including companies and societies.

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

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Что способствует бездействию на рынке труда? Чистая макроэкономика и условия на рынке труда?

Хотя эти факторы и играют неоспоримую роль, индивидуальные обстоятельства также важны.

Рассмотрим два примера:

Эмили, 42 года, Ирландия - мать двоих детей. Хотя она и получила степень бакалавра 20 лет назад, она не работала с момента рождения своего первого ребенка, а ее муж обеспечивал достаточный доход для всей семьи.

Shyamala Shukla – 10 Candid Career Questions with Infrastructure & PPP professionals

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Из-за плохого питания и неблагоприятной окружающей среды миллионы детей по всему миру не достигают полного потенциала развития. Недостаточное питание приводит к задержке роста, и дети растут намного медленнее, чем их сверстники.

В 2016 году от задержки роста страдали 155 миллионов детей — примерно одна четверть всех детей во всем мире. Около 3 миллионов маленьких детей ежегодно умирает от недоедания — это почти половина всех смертей среди детей в возрасте до пяти лет.

Из-за ограниченного доступа к учреждениям дошкольного образования, маленькие дети остаются без присмотра профессиональных педагогов и врачей, которые бы могли отследить и обеспечить здоровое развитие ребенка.

Более того, дети, страдающие от хронического недоедания, и не получившие соответствующего стимулирования до своего пятилетнего дня рождения, впоследствии отстают в успеваемости на школьной скамье, а во взрослом возрасте - зарабатывают меньше. Они также менее конкурентоспособны в условиях современной экономики, которая все больше приобретает цифровой характер.

Но хотелось бы с радостью отметить, что в Центральной Азии мы начинаем видеть прогресс в этом направлении. Доля детей, страдающих от задержки роста сокращается в каждой стране региона. В большей степени этот успех стал возможен из-за твердой приверженности правительств и  людей стран Центральной Азии решению проблем плохого питания и недоедания.

Geoffrey Keele – 10 candid career questions with infrastructure & PPP professionals

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На прошлой неделе я и мои коллеги во Всемирном банке с большим переживанием наблюдали за ситуацией на ТЭЦ г. Бишкек, где отказало оборудование и город остался фактически без тепла. Семьи многих наших сотрудников, живущие в квартирах с центральным отоплением, испытали на себе холод и отключения электричества в разгар морозов. И хотя конкретные технические обстоятельства произошедшего всё еще выясняются, очевидно, что основной причиной аварии стал отказ оборудования, которое уже давно отслужило свой положенный срок эксплуатации.

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Kate Baragona – 10 candid career questions with infrastructure & PPP professionals

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This year, the annual Doing Business Report – by far the most anticipated and cited World Bank publication – celebrates its 15th year. Starting in 2003, the fledgling report, which covers about 130 countries, has grown into its teens garnering admiration and criticism in equal measure. Some absolutely love it, while others argue that its flaws outweigh its strong points.

Regardless, nobody can deny that the Doing Business report has been a major catalyst for reforms across the world – 3,200 reforms of business regulation have been counted to date, spurred by the Report and carried out in line with the methodology of its indicators.

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi – 10 candid career questions with infrastructure & PPP professionals

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Students of systemic banking distress point to concentration in specific asset classes or sectors as one of the most important factors explaining these crises. The last two global crises are good examples: the simultaneous overexposure of several banks to the U.S. mortgage market initiated the global financial crisis `07–`08 and the overexposure of several banks to sovereign debt of distressed European countries severely deepened the European debt crisis of `11–`12. Given the importance of risk concentration in banking it is therefore surprising how little empirical evidence is available on the relationship between sectoral concentration and bank performance and stability. This absence of research is mainly explained with a lack of data. In recent work, we introduce a new methodology to measure sectoral specialization and differentiation and relate these measures to bank performance and stability (Beck, De Jonghe and Mulier, 2017).


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