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World Bank | The Development Podcast

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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 developm… read more

31 Episodes | 2020 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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What Is a Green Job? | The Development Podcast

February 8th, 2024


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 …

How Can We Better Support Refugees | The Development Podcast

January 10th, 2024


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 …

Annual Meetings 2023: A New Vision for Challenging Times | The Development Podcast

October 27th, 2023


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 …

Tackling Food Insecurity: From Emergency to Resilience | The Development Podcast

September 29th, 2023


Multiple shocks – from COVID-19 to climate change, conflict, crop disease – are crippling food systems, leading to higher food prices and growing …

How Do We Support the World’s Poorest Countries? | The Development Podcast

July 28th, 2023


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 …

The Interlocking Challenges of Climate Change and Poverty | The Development Podcast

June 30th, 2023


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 …

On the Move: The Migration Challenge

May 26th, 2023


Migration is a development challenge. About 184 million people—2.3 percent of the world’s population—live outside of their country of nationality, …

Spring Meetings 2023: Toward a New Era

April 28th, 2023


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 …

Everyday Superheroes: Exploring Unpaid Care Work By Women

April 1st, 2023


What impact does unpaid care work have on women's economic prospects and growth? How can we support these everyday superheroes? In this episode of The Development Podcast, we explore the economics around this issue, …

Challenges Without Borders: Confronting Crises Around the World

February 24th, 2023


In this episode of The Development Podcast, we mark one year of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and explore the depth and breadth of fragility, …

Why Have Smaller States Been Hit So Hard by Economic Shocks?

February 3rd, 2023


The recently released January edition of this year’s Global Economic Prospects report warns that the global economy is dangerously close to a recession, with worldwide economic output projected to be just 1.7% in 2023. …

2022 in Review: A Year of Uncertainty

December 20th, 2022


The past twelve months have been turbulent for the global economy. Conflict, inflation, food supply crises and the long tail of the Covid-19 pandemic …

Why Are We Witnessing the Biggest Setback to Global Poverty Reduction in Decades?

December 5th, 2022


COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, and other crises have dealt the biggest setback to global poverty reduction in decades. 2020 alone saw the largest one-year increase in extreme poverty since global monitoring began. In …

Highlights from the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings: Navigating an Uncertain World

November 17th, 2022


This year’s World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings took place against the backdrop of a series of overlapping crises threatening catastrophic consequences for the poor. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change …

From Coal to Clean Energy: Protecting People Through the Transition

September 26th, 2022


Our warming world needs to wean itself away from fossil fuels, but closing coal mines can impact jobs and communities. How can we ensure people and communities are at the center of the transition away from coal? In this …

What Does Stagflation Mean for the Global Economy?

July 21st, 2022


The world is grappling with a sharp deceleration in growth, coupled with rising inflation. Are we experiencing so-called stagflation, what does that mean for people, and what can we learn from comparable situations in …

Why Is the World Facing a Food Crisis? And Why Are Prices Climbing So High?

June 15th, 2022


The world is facing rising food prices that are hitting poor and developing countries hardest. Even before COVID-19 reduced incomes and disrupted supply chains, chronic and acute hunger were on the rise due to factors, …

Human Capital at the Crossroads: Reversing the Losses, Reclaiming our Future | Highlights from the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings 2022

May 27th, 2022


Putting people first through investing in human capital – the knowledge, skills, and health that people need to achieve their potential – is critical for sustainable, inclusive growth and poverty reduction. The …

Preserving Open Trade: Subsidies, Geopolitics, and International Cooperation | Highlights from the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings 2022

May 25th, 2022


Trade can be an effective catalyst for growth and development. However, the growing use of market-distorting subsidies undermines the multi-lateral, …

On the Frontlines of Rising Fragility: Collaborating and Innovating for Impact | Highlights from the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings 2022

May 23rd, 2022


By 2030, up to two-thirds of the world's extreme poor could live in fragility, conflict, and violence settings, so without addressing the challenges …

Financing Climate Action: Transitioning Economies, Transforming Climate | Highlights from the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings 2022

May 20th, 2022


The connection between development and climate change is increasingly clear: delivering on these together will require large-scale low-carbon and resilient investments. It will also require approaches that tackle the …

The Digital Revolution: Fostering Inclusion and Resilient Growth | Highlights from the WBG-IMF Spring Meetings 2022

May 17th, 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic sent advanced and developing economies into starkly divergent paths—with advanced economies expected to recover fully by 2023 …

Women, Business, and the Law: Examining the Obstacles to Women’s Economic Inclusion

March 16th, 2022


Around the world 178 countries either have laws that hinder women’s economic inclusion, or lack laws that foster it. That translates to 2.4 billion women of working age who don’t have equal economic opportunities as …

How Crypto Technologies Could Revolutionize Development

December 22nd, 2021


How could crypto technologies change the international development sector? The World Bank’s Global Director of Finance, Competitiveness & …

‘Entire Economies Could Be Held Hostage by Climate Change’

August 30th, 2021


On this edition of the Development Podcast from the World Bank Group, Raka Banerjee and Paul Blake examine one of the biggest challenges facing the …

'Absolutely Unacceptable' Vaccination Rates in Developing Countries

August 3rd, 2021


"The situation that we see right now is absolutely unacceptable, because a large of the world remains unvaccinated and this is a danger for all of …

As COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc on Service Workers, is the Informal Sector Increasing Global Inequality?

May 24th, 2021


Around the world, some 70% of economic activity is taking place in the shadows – and no, we’re not talking about drug smuggling or other illegal commerce. 

In this edition of The Development Podcast, the team takes a …

'We’re learning that development is very fragile‘ - Expert roundtable on the COVID-19 response successes and challenges

January 19th, 2021


In our first episode of 2021, we invited an all star panel of development experts - including UNICEF’s Henrietta Fore, economist and author Dambisa Moyo, Save the Children’s Kevin Watkins, and the World Bank’s Axel …

End of Year Special: The World Bank Group’s President and IFC Interim Managing Director reflect on the impact of COVID-19 in 2020, and the opportunities for recovery in 2021

December 8th, 2020


“COVID has been a big setback and particularly a setback for the poorest countries. But I think there are some opportunities that we can build on …

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