Make in India: Which exports can drive the next wave of growth? Structural transformation depends not only on how much countries export but also on what they export and with whom they trade. In my new IMF working paper with Rahul Anand and Kalpana Kochhar, we break new grounds in analyzing India’s exports by the technological content, quality, sophistication, and complexity of India’s export basket. The paper can be found here. Here ...

The tyranny of the kitchen spoon for Sri Lanka’s women Sri Lankan woman washing dishes. Credit: Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank A common Sri Lankan proverb states that a woman’s wisdom only extends to the length of the kitchen spoon’s handle. With near universal female lower secondary school completion, and more girls than boys receiving tertiary education, the knowledge of Sri Lankan females has clearly moved beyond the length of the ...

The growing role of women in disaster risk management Women community leaders. Photo Credit: World Bank Women are seen in their traditional role of home-makers, but might their ability to take on managerial roles in disaster risk management be underestimated?   As part of the India Disaster Risk Management team, I travelled on the “Road2Resilience” bus journey along the entire coast of India. Along with the team’s mission ...

Can poverty be defined by shelter?   Small shacks with bamboo frames & corrugated tin roofs - where 40 percent of the city’s population live. Sangmoo Kim/World Bank In Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, you cannot miss the slum neighborhoods. More than 5,000 slum communities, accounting for 40 percent of the population, are spread across the city, often located right next to luxury penthouses, hotels, ...

Aqeela Asifi: Refugee and tireless champion for education Aqeela Asifi. Credit: UNHCR Aqeela Asifi is the 2015 winner of UNHCR's Nansen Refugee Award, recognized for her indefatigable efforts to educate Afghan girl refugees. She was a guest panelist at the "Managing Displaced Populations—Lessons From Pakistan" discussion with President Jim Yong Kim during his two day visit to Pakistan last week. Her car broke down during her long ...

Aqeela Asifi: refugee, teacher, champion for education Aqeela Asifi is the 2015 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award,recognized for her indefatigable efforts to help girl refugees access education. Credit: UNHCR Her car broke down during her long journey to Islamabad from Kot Chandana, a refugee village where she lives in the south-eastern Punjab province of Pakistan. It’s early evening and she’s probably exhausted, but still insists ...

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 ...

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