Episodes
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. Ruth Hill, a lead economist at the World Bank discusses the recent Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report and we hear from Sonia Cifuentes in Bogota, Colombia, about how a government cash transfer program helped her when she needed support to cover the basics for herself and her children.
Published 12/05/22
This year’s World Bank Group-IMF Annual Meetings took place against the backdrop of a series of overlapping crises. The impact of COVID, climate change and conflict were the focus for delegates who gathered in Washington DC. This special edition of The Development Podcast features some of the key discussions.
Published 11/17/22
How can we put people and communities at the center of the transition away from coal? In this episode of The Development Podcast, we hear about the challenges and opportunities with Elizabeth Ruppert Bulmer, Lead Economist with the Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice and Rachel Perks, Senior Mining Specialist with the Energy & Extractives Global Practice, both at the World Bank. We also hear from new solar panel owners in rural India, and from Reema Nanavaty, director of India’s...
Published 09/26/22
What happens when global growth slows, and inflation rises? On the latest episode of The Development Podcast, we explain why stagflation matters, where we’ve seen it before, and what governments can do to temper it. World Bank forecasting expert Franziska Ohnsorge, and debt expert Marcello Estevão give the big picture, while Mexican economist Enrique Cárdenas explains what it felt like to experience stagflation during the so-called “lost decade” of the 1980s.
Published 07/21/22
Why is the world facing a food crisis and what is being done to address this urgent issue? The war in Ukraine has disrupted food supply for an incomparable number of people. Prices are soaring, exports have collapsed, and ports have been cut off. What does that translate to in terms of actual numbers of people suffering from hunger? Listen to this episode of The Development Podcast. We’re talking about food security, the impact of the war in Ukraine, and how people are coping with a supply...
Published 06/15/22
During the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, leaders, innovators and change-makers shared how investments in human capital can not only change lives for individuals, but also create more inclusive and equitable societies. Listen to the Spring Meetings highlights in a special series of The Development Podcast.
Published 05/27/22
During the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, the heads of the four key global economic policy institutions—the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)—discussed the importance of trade and global cooperation for overcoming current challenges and implications of subsidies for markets and poor countries. Listen to the Spring Meetings highlights in a special series...
Published 05/25/22
During the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, we discussed how to stay engaged during times of crisis and meet the challenges in new and innovative ways, along with our partners. World leaders came together to discuss how to best build resilience & manage uncertainty. Listen to the Spring Meetings highlights in a special series of The Development Podcast.
Published 05/23/22
During the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, we explored the actions that are needed to create enabling environments, leverage different pools of capital at the right time, for specific needs, while involving communities and bringing them along in the global low-carbon, resilient transition. World leaders came together to discuss how to best build resilience & manage uncertainty. Listen to the Spring Meetings highlights in a special series of The Development Podcast.
Published 05/20/22
During the 2022 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings, we explored how countries can boost growth, productivity, inclusion and resilience as they recover by embracing private sector innovation coupled with enabling government policy. World leaders came together to discuss how to best build resilience & manage uncertainty. Listen to the Spring Meetings highlights in a special series of The Development Podcast.
Published 05/17/22
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 men. And while the number of countries that score well in the World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law research has risen, on average women globally have just three-quarters of the legal rights of men. What are the obstacles to achieving economic inclusion for women? And where is...
Published 03/16/22
How could crypto technologies change the international development sector? The World Bank’s Global Director of Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation, Jean Pesme, discusses how blockchain could revolutionize aspects of economic development from trade to remittances. Also, we explore the promise and the pitfalls of this increasingly popular technology. ‘The less intermediaries you have, the easier it is to do it. The more the costs are going to go down, the more transparency you could have,...
Published 12/22/21
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 global community today: Climate Change. “If we don’t tackle climate change, over 130 million people will be pushed into poverty over the next 10 years and entire economies will be held hostage to the worst impacts,” says World Bank Manager for Advisory and Operations in the Climate Group, Genevieve Connors. First up, Raka reviews what we know...
Published 08/30/21
"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 us," so warns Mamta Murthi, the World Bank's Vice President for Human Development. What's keeping jabs from arms in low-income countries? And what's being done to help? In the latest edition of The Development Podcast, we're examining these questions and more. From Addis Ababa, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell, Deputy Director of the Africa Centers for Disease...
Published 08/03/21
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 deep dive into a new analysis that has revealed that the informal sector – firms and workers outside the line of sight of governments in emerging market and developing economies – accounts for about a third of GDP and more than 70 percent of...
Published 05/24/21
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 van Trotsenburg - to share what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what’s next when it comes to the COVID-19 response. 
Published 01/19/21
“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 into the future.” World Bank Group President, David Malpass on his hopes for 2021. In a special year end edition of The Development Podcast, President Malpass and Interim MD and COO of the IFC, the Bank’s private sector arm, look back on 2020 and examine the path to a resilient recovery in 2021. “I really do hope that as we come out of this, we can...
Published 12/08/20
“Even by the standards of systemic crises, this is a once in a century, global – truly global – crisis,” explains Carmen Reinhart, the World Bank’s newly-appointed Chief Economist, about the pandemic-led economic downturn. In a special appearance on The Development Podcast, Reinhart and World Bank Group President David Malpass give us their perspective on the health of the global economy and what they believe a path to recovery looks like. “More-so than the 2008 crisis,” according to...
Published 09/16/20
On the latest edition of The Development Podcast, we explore the gender dynamics at play during the COVID-19 pandemic with the World Bank’s Global Director for Gender, Caren Grown. “It turns out actually that the pandemic is not gender neutral,” Grown tells us, explaining that women and girls face distinct risks including increased exposure to the virus on health care front lines, potentially larger impacts to their livelihoods during lockdowns, as well as heightened risk of domestic...
Published 08/27/20
Developing countries are under tremendous strain while attempting to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  To try and free-up resources so that they can better protect lives and livelihoods, the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in April called on creditors to allow lower income countries to suspend their bilateral debt service payments and focus resources on responding to the pandemic. The plan – called the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) – was taken up by G20...
Published 08/07/20
In recent years, remittances were on the rise, playing an increasingly important role in global development.  They eclipsed foreign aid in the ‘90s and surpassed foreign direct investment last year. Then COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns hit.  Dilip Ratha, the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Migration and Remittances, tells us that he thinks there will be a 20% drop in those flows this year, as migrants struggle to find work. And that matters, he says, because many families depend on...
Published 07/23/20
Call it the “great lockdown”, the “coronavirus recession” or another moniker – whatever your label, the facts are clear: this unprecedented pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the private sector. While the full scale of the damage to companies and jobs is still being assessed, the International Finance Corporation’s Stephanie Von Friedeburg says: “developed country or a developing country, locking down an economy creates insolvency”. “What we're going to see is a rise in...
Published 06/24/20
Millions of people’s food security and livelihoods are under threat from historic locust swarms that are decimating cropland in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. As affected countries work to respond, experts tell the Development Podcast that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is complicating response efforts. With the World Bank stepping up to support countries, we hear from two of the experts behind the $500 million (USD) program – Afrah Al-Ahmadi and Melissa Williams. We also take a...
Published 06/09/20
As healthcare workers continue to tirelessly fight the coronavirus, countries around the globe are starting to look towards recovery from the pandemic. In a special interview David Malpass, the World Bank Group’s President, shares his thoughts on the crisis response so far and lays out his vision for the road ahead – how to promote economic growth, support the poorest, and sustain businesses and jobs. The Group’s president shared his views on the unique risks and opportunities for...
Published 05/29/20