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March 2010 Human Development Matters


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World Bank Education Financing Hits Record High as Consultations for New 10-Year Strategy Get Underway

Final Edu Feature

This week, the World Bank’s Board is scheduled to consider two new education projects for India that could mobilize US$1.05 billion in zero-interest lending to boost children’s elementary school enrollments, and strengthen engineering education institutions across the country. The new operations will mark the Bank’s largest investment in education since 1962.

At current projections, Bank financing for education in the latest financial year is on track to reach approximately US$4.4 billion, which would represent another high-water mark for the institution. While managing its expanding portfolio, the Bank has also been asking its client countries and partners about where they want their education programs to be in 10 years, and how to get there starting in 2010. The Bank’s education sector has embarked on regional and country consultations to canvas the views of clients and stakeholders alike to authoritatively shape the Bank’s new Education Sector Strategy 2020Read more 


Shakira, Bank Launch $300 million Early Childhood Initiative 

Grammy Award-winning artist Shakira and World Bank Group President   Robert Zoellick launched a joint iniitiative on February 22, 2010, aimed at expanding development programs for young children in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

More on Education 

Health, Nutrition & Population                              Health CSO Roundtable at the Bank's Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Health World Bank staff and senior-level representatives from 20 health-focused civil society organizations met over lunch on March 5, 2010, for an informal discussion on health. Graeme Wheeler, the Bank’s Managing Director for Human Development, and Julian Schweitzer, Acting Vice President, Human Development, led the discussion at the Bank's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

More on Health 


Reducing HIV Risk among Mobile and Vulnerable Populations in Africa 

The $16.5 million Abidjan–Lagos Transport Corridor joint regional HIV/AIDS Project reduced HIV risk among truck drivers, sex workers, border communities, and military and customs officials.

More on HIV/AIDS  

Social Protection & Labour
Joint ILO-Bank Technical Workshop on the Impacts of the Financial Crisis on Employment 

Experts from ILO and the Bank discussed the preliminary results of their analytical work on several fronts including working conditions, assessments of country responses, analysis of fiscal space for policy response, including recovery measures and exit strategies, at a workshop on January 25, in Geneva, Switzerland.

More on Social Protection 







Children & Youth
The Early Childhood Initiative: Keynote Address by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University      

Shonkoff stressed that the foundations of a successful society are formed in childhood. 

More on Children & Youth 

Development Dialogue
Performance of Fe y Alegria Schools in Colombia: Is It a Matter of Fe (Faith) or Alegria (Joy)? 

As part of its work on analyzing the impact of faith on development and the role played by faith-based organizations in service delivery,  the Development Dialogue team is finalizing its analysis of the performance of Fe y Alegría schools in Colombia.

More on Development Dialogue 

Regional Highlights

East Asia and the Pacific: World's Largest TB Project Successfully Completed in China 

Latin America and the Caribbean: Shakira and the Bank Launch Partnership to Support Latin American Children  

Middle East and North Africa: The region's updated Social Protection brief covers a wide range of topics including labor market reform, pensions, and social safety nets.

Europe and Central Asia: Community Development through Health Clinics and Water Pumps in Kosovo 


Highlights from different organizations around the world


EFA Monitoring Report 2010  - UNESCO's 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report looks at concrete solutions for making sure that no children are excluded from schooling in the aftermath of the global economic crisis.

MassiveGoodMASSIVEGOOD launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Bill Clinton MASSIVEGOOD, an innovative solution to tackle health problems in developing countries, aims to collect about $1 billion during the next four years to tackle AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other health issues in developing countries.  
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Editors: Melanie Mayhew and Sukanya Venkataraman, HDNOP 


The Human Development Network is the World Bank's home for policy programs, and research on Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, Social Protection & Labor, Disability, Faith in Development, and Children & Youth. Read more


Beth King, WB
Beth King, Director, Education, Human Development



Towards A Competitive Education System In A Global Economy

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March 15-17, 2010
Benchmarking Education Systems for Results: East Asia Regional Conference. Bangkok, Thailand

March 29-April 9, 2010 
Jobs for a Globalizing World: Labor Market Policy Core Course. Washington, D.C.

April 7-9, 2010
AIDS Strategy and Action Plan Service (ASAP) - Advisory Group to Discuss Evaluation Findings. Vienna, Austria

February-March 2010 Education Strategy Consultation Events.  


Moldova: Social Investment Fund II Project  
More social protection projects 


Brazil: Fiscal Sustainability, Human Development, and Competitiveness Project
More education projects 





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