How to become a digital innovator in Pakistan Students learning at the Earn through Freelancing training. Credit: Empower Pakistan/World Bank It is possible today to be sitting almost anywhere in the world and -- provided you have access to a computer and the internet -- you can be working on international projects, learning through online courses, or collaborating with other young people worldwide. These kinds of connected communities ...

Rural Nepal Women Empowered to Maintain Roads Bishnu Ghale, an RMG member from Khanigaon, works on the Nuwakot – Malabhanjyang road. When the earthquake hit on the Saturday of 25th April last year, 35-year-old Bishnu Ghale was working in the fields near her house in Khanigaon VDC of Nuwakot district. The quake destroyed her house, but she was thankful her husband and three children were alive. ...

How can “Fab Lab” help boost innovation and entrepreneurship in Bangladesh’s universities? Student’s project for the blind person (left), analogue fabrication lab (right) Recently, an undergraduate engineering student from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) in Bangladesh showed me his mobile app that helps a blind person navigate while enabling family and friends to track their whereabouts. I was impressed with his capacity to apply electronics, geographic information system, and ...

आंखें आसमान से गांवों में बिजलीकरण पर नज़र रखने में मदद करती हैं और इन भाषाओं में: English | Español | Français "नाइटलाइट्स आईओ रास्ता द‌िखलाने वाला एक मंच है, जो उस तरीके में बदलाव लाएगा, ज‌िससे ‌दुनिया ऊर्जा की उपलब्धता की वैश्विक चुनौती का समाधान करती है। ये साधन (टूल्स) उन लोगों को ऊर्जा संबंधी समाधान मुहैया कराने में हमारी मदद करेंगे, जिन्हें इनकी सबसे ज़्यादा ज़रूरत है।"               ...

Accelerating economic growth and job creation in Bangladesh Instructor and Students at the Bangladesh Korea Technical Training Center, Chittagong. Credit: Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan Bangladesh has a major opportunity to address one of its most pressing development challenges: creating 20 million new jobs over the next decade.  And the trade agenda will be a centerpiece of any strategy that seeks to address this challenge.   Join me for a Facebook Q/A chat ...

Reaching every child in every home in conflict-ridden FATA The Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan is a semi-autonomous tribal region in northwestern Pakistan, bordering Pakistan's provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and Afghanistan to the west and north. It consists of seven tribal agencies and six frontier regions and are directly managed by Pakistan's Federal Government.  FATA has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The region has seen conflict and instability for almost ...

Rediscovering the Potential of the World’s Oldest Highways - Bangladesh Waterways Boat passengers in rural Bangladesh. Photo credit: Erik Nora When my team and I saw this boat passing by us in July 2013 in rural Bangladesh, near the border with Mizoram, Northeast India, and Myanmar, I felt immediately empathic. How many people are on that boat? Eighty? Does it have a motor? Can those people swim, especially the women? No ...

In rural Nepal, tying micro hydropower plants to the main grid brings electricity for all Talti village in Dhading district in Nepal: A new micro hydropower plant has made it possible to open an agro-processing plant. Credit: The World Bank Fifteen years ago, I started a new job in the Sindhupalchowk district in Central Nepal. I was working in the rural energy development section of the District Development Committee and supervised technical support for ...

Local elections in Pakistan: A chance to improve public services Discussing public services in Pakistan. Credit: PGEB/MDTF I arrived in Pakistan right after the third round of local elections held in most provinces on December 5. ​This was the first local election in 10 years in most places of the country. Voters elected council members of three tiers of local governments: district, urban councils, and union council/ward.How will these elections ...

How to manage urban growth in Pakistan Panoramic cityscape of Karachi in Pakistan. Karachi’s urbanization has had a physical impact on surrounding cities, creating sprawling and underleveraged agglomerations Credit: World Bank With Pakistan’s urban population expected to increase by about 40 million people to an estimated 118 million by 2030, immediate action is needed to transform the country’s cities into livable, prosperous places. That was the message ...

Unlocking climate finance for more renewable energy in South Asia Indian woman cleaning up solar panels in the province of Odisha, India.  Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development With only 43% of its households with access to electricity, Odisha’s economic development lags behind that of other states in India. However, it is home to rich water reserves, wildlife, forest, minerals, and renewable energy sources, which ...

Engaging men and boys in Pakistan to help end violence against women Pakistani boys and girls. Credit: The World Bank Violence against women is a pervasive issue in Pakistan. The problem manifests itself in many ways, most of them extreme: honor killing, spousal abuse including marital rape, acid attacks, being burned by family members, attempted murder at the hands of husband or in-laws, or even driving a woman to suicide. According ...

Engaging men and boys in Pakistan to end violence against women Pakistani boys and girls. Credit: The World Bank Violence against women is a pervasive issue in Pakistan. The problem manifests itself in many ways, most of them extreme: honor killing, spousal abuse including marital rape, acid attacks, being burned by family members, attempted murder at the hands of husband or in-laws, or even driving a woman to suicide. According ...

आइये, खाना पकाने के ग़लत तरीकों से छुटकारा पाएं An Indian woman cooking. Photo credit: Romana Manpreet and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves यह एक सच्‍चाई है: लकड़ी, चारकोल, कोयले, गोबर के उपलों और फसल के बचे हुए हिस्‍सों सहित ठोस जलावन (सॉलिड फ्यूल) की खुली आग और पारंपरिक चूल्‍हों में खाना पकाने से घर के भीतर होने वाला वायु प्रदूषण दुनिया में, हृदय और फेफड़ों की बीमारी ...

Is India’s growth oil-fueled? Traffic jam in a street in Old Delhi. Credit: Yann Doignon / World Bank As an intrinsically-optimistic Brazilian, my new assignment following India’s economy suits me well: India is one of the few bright spots in a somber global economy and is set to become the fastest growing large economy in the world. Our recently-released India Development Update projects India’s GDP ...

What does art have to do with technology? How youth in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are linking to the creative economy and curating culture  Join us at the Art Tech Festival in Peshawar! Register to attend on the website: http://www.arttechfestival.com/ What does art have to do with technology? Just ask Mahoor Jamal, a fashion illustrator and portrait artist from Peshawar, who uses Instagram—an online photo site—to showcase her work and connect ...

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