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People First Podcast puts a human face to the development topics relevant to people living in Western and Central Africa, and on the contribution of the World Bank. People First Podcast, for a sustainable and inclusive development! / People First Podcast vient apporter un éclairage humain et concret sur les thématiques de développement spécifiques aux habitants d'Afrique de l'Ouest et du centre, et sur la contribution de la Banque mondiale. People First Podcast, pour un développement durable ...
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The Development Podcast brings together the latest data, research and cutting-edge solutions that can pave the way to a sustainable future – everything from poverty to climate change, education to nutrition, and a whole lot more. We’ll take you on a journey around the world of international development in this World Bank's flagship monthly podcast. More information: http://wrld.bg/f2SX50MJyZB
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World Bank Group podcasts from the continent of Africa. To view a listing of Africa related videos in French, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/worldbank/sets/banque-mondiale-afrique
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This Trade Tips podcast tackles the big issues in the world of trade and explores solutions. We take you on a journey around the world of trade in this new podcast from the World Bank Group. Through conversations with traders who are being affected by key issues like climate change, digitization, gender, and more – and experts offering cutting-edge solutions – we highlight why trade matters and how it can be made more efficient. *** This podcast was created by the World Bank Group with fundi ...
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Dans ce nouvel épisode de People First Podcast, rejoignez-nous à table avec quatre chefs africains engagés en faveur d'une gastronomie durable. Au menu, découvrez leurs recettes adaptées aux enjeux du changement climatique et comment ils valorisent une économie culinaire circulaire, ainsi que les ingrédients et producteurs locaux. Face aux crises a…
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Forests are disappearing at an alarming rate of 10 million hectares each year and about 12% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to deforestation and forest degradation. But nature provides the foundation for inclusive growth, jobs, food security, ecosystems and human wellbeing. So, what are the economics of biodiversity and how c…
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Dans ce nouvel épisode, People First Podcast donne la voix aux jeunes talents africains bénéficiaires de l'Africa Fellowship Program de la Banque mondiale, un programme qui donne espoir aux passionnés de développement. Lancé en 2013 et supervisé par le bureau de l'économiste en chef pour l'Afrique, ce programme sélectionne chaque année, une trentai…
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Welcome to a special episode on how to better choose EdTech solutions. Today, we're discussing the development and use of Tulna, an innovative tool that was created through a partnership between the Educational Technology department at IIT Bombay and the Central Square Foundation (CSF) in India. Tulna provides a framework to help governments choose…
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The 2024 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings took place from April 11-18. The focus for this year was on how the World Bank Group can turn its vision – of creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet – into real impact. This includes becoming a better Bank – one that is faster, more effective, and more ambitious. In this latest episode of …
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Ce nouvel épisode de People First Podcast explore l'innovation, l'inclusion numérique, ainsi que les histoires de pionnières qui façonnent l'avenir du digital en Afrique. De l'incubateur de technologie de jeunes talents au Cameroun à une ONG gambienne qui brise les barrières dans les STEM, ces initiatives illustrent la résilience, la créativité et …
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Welcome to a special episode of our new series that puts youth voices front and center. Today, we're discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education and employment from the perspective of students. This conversation is particularly relevant as the World Bank's EdTech team focuses on leveraging technology to improve education, bringing students…
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In today's episode, we will explore how the World Bank and the Mastercard Foundation are joining efforts to tackle challenges and seize opportunities in Africa's evolving EdTech landscape, with a focus on engaging the broader ecosystem. Join us as we discuss the innovative and inspiring approaches across different countries to navigate this dynamic…
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Cet épisode de People First Podcast est consacré aux progrès du SWEDD, le projet de la Banque mondiale pour l’autonomisation des femmes et le dividende démographique au Sahel, et au-delà du Sahel. À travers des exemples en Mauritanie, au Mali, au Burkina Faso et au Togo, le projet SWEDD se révèle être un vecteur de changement, transformant les béné…
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In today's episode, we will explore the complexities of teaching digital and 21st-century skills in emerging markets. We'll delve into how technology can redefine traditional classroom boundaries, examining its potential to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. We'll discuss the importance of digital and data literacies, along with comp…
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As the world celebrates International Womens Day, we take a look at where we are on the march towards gender equality. How big is the gender gap and what would happen if we closed it? What are some stumbling blocks along this journey? And how can international organizations like the World Bank Group and IMF help achieve more progress? Find out the …
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Today, on the occasion of International Women’s Day theme for 2024 'Invest in Women, Accelerate progress,' we explore the critical importance of STEM education and careers, drawing insights from a recent report: 'Engendering STEM Access in Education and Careers in South Asia’ to improve female labor force participation. María Barrón, Research Analy…
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In this new episode, 'Cultivating Critical Thinking in an AI World', hosted by Cristobal Cobo, Senior Education & Technology Specialist at the World Bank, we venture into the world of GenAI with key considerations for policymakers and educators, and critical thinking as a core value. Guests include Mike Trucano, Senior Education & Technology Policy…
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In today's episode, we will dive into a game-changing technology: Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), one of the most influential innovations of our time. We'll explore how GenAI could impact education, with a special focus on inclusion. Cristóbal Cobo, Senior Education Technology Specialist at the World Bank, speaks with Jamie Alexandre, L…
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The transition away from fossil fuels could create as many as 30 million ‘green’ jobs in clean energy and low-emissions technologies by 2030. So what is a ‘green job’? How can countries and companies support jobs that benefit people and the planet? And how can young people prepare for green jobs of the future? Find out the answers to these question…
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Le saviez-vous ? En Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, 80% des enfants de moins de 10 ans sont en situation de pauvreté des apprentissages. Cela signifie qu'ils n'acquièrent pas les compétences et les connaissances nécessaires pour réussir leur scolarité et contribuer à la croissance de leurs pays. Cet épisode du People First Podcast explore, à trave…
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In today's episode, we will discover the transformative impact of Building Education Foundations through Innovation and Technology (BEFIT), a pioneering initiative revolutionizing early grade reading and numeracy in Malawi. Robert Hawkins, Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education at the World Bank, speaks with Joshua Valeta, Director …
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In today's special episode, we start off the year taking a deep dive into our journey as the EdTech team. We will discuss the team's evolution over time, drawing insights from the experiences of a recently departed member and the perspectives of a newcomer. Bob Hawkins, Global Lead of Technology and Innovation in Education at the World Bank, engage…
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Forced displacement is a development challenge, not only a humanitarian concern. As of September 2023, 114 million people were displaced, and this number continues to grow as conflict and insecurity rise across the globe. Most refugees are hosted by developing countries, and the issues around support and integration of refugee communities are often…
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In today's episode, we discuss the vast possibilities of digital public infrastructure (DPI), to address global challenges in education and beyond. Bob Hawkins, Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education at the World Bank, reflects with Dr. Pramod Varma, CTO of the EkStep Foundation and former Chief Architect of Aadhaar and India Stack,…
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Pour ce nouvel épisode du People First Podcast, prenons un ticket de bus pour le pays de la Terranga. Dakar la capitale sénégalaise, longtemps touchée par des problèmes de mobilité, connaît une véritable renaissance. La ville est sur le point d'accueillir le tout premier système de bus à haut niveau de service ou Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) entièrement…
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The 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) comes at the heels of the hottest year in human history. Our newest episode of The Development Podcast delves into the impact of the climate crisis and urgent solutions to address it. This episode marks the launch of our new limited series on how to create a world free of poverty on a livable planet. O…
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La deuxième saison de People First Podcast démarre avec un nouvel épisode consacré au parc solaire de Danzi, la plus grande centrale solaire d'Afrique centrale. L'accès à l'électricité contribue au développement socio-économique des populations, mais reste un défi majeur sur le continent africain. En République centrafricaine, les investissements d…
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In today's episode, we discuss the promises and challenges of EdTech interventions in East Asia and Pacific countries, including the scale, dosage, and heterogeneity of impact to evaluate interventions, and how they can be applied both in the region and globally. Cristóbal Cobo (Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank EdTech team) speaks with…
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The 2023 World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings took place from October 9-15 in Marrakech, Morocco, and unveiled the Bank’s bold new vision: creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet. Events and discussions highlighted this new mission, highlighting an expansion in financial capacity, stronger partnerships, deeper engagement with the priva…
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Multiple shocks – from COVID-19 to climate change, conflict, crop disease – are crippling food systems, leading to higher food prices and growing hunger. Up to 783 million people faced hunger in 2022, and projections show that in 2030, over 600 million people will still struggle to feed their families. The way we produce food is also harmful for th…
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¿Cómo emplear la tecnología en los procesos de aprendizaje para fortalecer el carácter de los jóvenes y ayudarles a desarrollar habilidades como la empatía, la perseverancia, la gratitud o la generosidad? ¿Qué podemos aprender de las técnicas utilizadas hasta ahora? En el episodio de esta semana, exploramos esas cuestiones a través de un exitoso pr…
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Today, we explore whether virtual and XR laboratories are an option to give students in developing countries pedagogical experiences necessary to develop practical skills. Hallie Applebaum (World Bank) speaks with Robert Dean (Associate Professor of Motion Arts Design and Virtual/Augmented Reality at Namseoul University in Korea), Jimmy Vainstein (…
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Meet the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries—75 to be exact. It’s the largest single source of donor funds for basic services in these countries and aims to eliminate extreme poverty. IDA’s most recent replenishment, IDA20, resulted in a historic $93 billion financing packa…
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How do we address climate change, reduce poverty, and boost shared prosperity on a livable planet? Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and no country is immune. On this episode of The Development Podcast, we hone in on voices across Africa about the experience of climate change and how it intersects with poverty, and we hear f…
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Dans ce cinquième épisode, nous explorons diverses recettes pour résoudre la question cruciale de la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l'Ouest et du centre : De l'usage innovant d'Internet par les jeunes comme Mamadou Diakhaté pour mobiliser des financements en faveur des femmes maraîchères, aux initiatives gastronomiques promouvant la consommatio…
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Today, our World Bank EdTech team's Robert Hawkins and Cristóbal Cobo speak with the EdTech Hub, a joint initiative of the World Bank, UNICEF, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to do academic research about the role of technology in education. We previously spoke with the EdTech Hub's Tom Kaye, Global Country Engagement Lead, and Haani Mazari, …
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Migration is a development challenge. About 184 million people—2.3 percent of the world’s population—live outside of their country of nationality, and almost half of them are in low- and middle-income countries. In this episode of The Development Podcast, we explore the conversation around migration, from global economic imbalances, demographic cha…
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Teachers play a critical role in the introduction of adaptive learning, and technology in general, in public education systems. Today, World Bank Senior Economist Juan Baron speaks with Amy Bellinger (Education Commission), Haani Mazari (EdTech Hub), and Sophia D'Angelo (World Bank) discuss the role of teachers in delivering personalized learning a…
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Our World Bank EdTech team is preparing to launch the next iteration of our EdTech Policy Academy and we'll have several Francophone countries joining us. To be a resource for our participants, today's episode is in French. Our EdTech Policy Academy is a four-week hands-on clinic to engage policymakers and educators in conversations about navigatin…
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The 2023 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings took place from April 10-16, amidst a backdrop of challenges: from stress in the banking sector, persistent inflation, rising debt, climate change and of course Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Addressing this instability, and looking to a future free from poverty, was at the heart of the discussio…
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Dans ce quatrième épisode de People First Podcast, nous déroulons le tapis rouge pour un invité spécial : Mamane, "président de la république très très démocratique du Gondwana". Célèbre humoriste et Ambassadeur Climat pour le Sahel, Mamane a participé activement aux dernières Assemblées de printemps, où il s'est joint à d'autres acteurs plaidant p…
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Today, we're speaking about the implementation of edtech in Korea. Korea has a world-class national digital education agency that oversees the implementation of EdTech in Korea. It's called Korea Education and Research Information Services, or KERIS. KERIS was developed to introduce innovative practices within the Korean education system, such as t…
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