A new way to mitigate buyer risk in apparel

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The Alliance and Accord have been working over the past three years with more than 1,500 factories to help them meet new fire and building safety standards The China sourcing conundrum In conversations with U.S. and European retailers and brands, ELEVATE – a company formed in 2013 to support corporate social responsibility – finds that apparel buyers rate diversifying away ...

Enabling children to grow: Tackling the multiple determinants of nutrition

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During a recent visit to Barsam village in the Saharsa district of Bihar, I talked with members of a women’s self-help group - one of over 480,000 such groups formed under Jeevika, a rural livelihoods program supported by the World Bank in Bihar. Among the group was nineteen year old Shobha. Like millions of girls across the country, Shobha ...

What India’s successful rural development programs can teach the world?

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In India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, I met young ex-farmers who had moved out of farm jobs and were now working in factories and government offices.  Their day to day circumstances weren’t all that different from millions of others around the world. But yet, the people I met were remarkable.  There was the disabled young man who, with ...

How Much of China’s Apparel Production Can South Asia Capture?

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Apparel manufactuaring has the potential to provide much needed jobs to women in South Asia Photo by: Arne Hoel/World Bank China now dominates the global apparel market – accounting for 41% of the market, compared with 12% for South Asia. But as wages in China continue to rise, its apparel production is expected to shift toward other developing countries, ...

Is South Asia ready for a Regional Motor Vehicles Agreement?

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Trucks waiting to unload their goods in Bangladesh. Photo By Erik Nora/World Bank Judging by the number of views of the recent Facebook livestream event on intra-regional trade and investment in South Asia, there is significant interest in this topic. And there should be, given that there remain many important and untapped opportunities to use the power of trade ...

The promise of digital banking for Nepal’s remote areas

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Rural maintenance workers engaged in culvert maintenance at Parsa District. Credit: World Bank On a fine Tuesday morning Roghan Devi, a routine road maintenance worker from Dhanusha district visits the local branch of Mega Bank - a commercial bank in Nepal, to receive her monthly salary. She was notified about this through a text message in her mobile phone. ...

Helping farmers grow and prosper in Nepal

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District farmers discussing transportation and storage of seed potatoes. Credit: World Bank In Nepal, the Jagattradevi and Tulsibhanjyang areas of the Syangja District are rapidly emerging as leading producers of seed potatoes -- whole or parts of potatoes intended to be re-planted as seeds -- which have traditionally been imported, mostly from India, to meet growing local demand. Importing ...

How Higher Education in Bangladesh Creates Opportunities

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Students hold a discussion. Improved quality of higher education provides an opportunity for better jobs. A couple of months ago, I visited a few tertiary colleges affiliated with the National University in Bangladesh while preparing the College Education Development Project which aims to strengthen the strategic planning and management capacity of the college subsector and improve the teaching and ...