Episodes
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
As the coronavirus has rapidly spread around the globe just about every aspect of life is being disrupted – not least education, which was already in crisis. That begs the question: How do we educate students during a pandemic? We get the view from the World Bank’s Global Director for Education, Jaime Saavedra, who walks us through COVID-19’s impact schools, students, learning, and the solutions countries are implementing. As students shift from the classroom to the living room, families...
Published 05/12/20
***Update: This episode was recorded in early March and makes several references to the World Bank’s fast-track financing facility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since recording, the value of that package has increased from $12bn to $14bn. The podcast may contain references to the earlier figure.*** As coronavirus has rapidly spread around the globe – infecting more than 100,000 and killing more than 4,000 – healthcare systems and economies are coming under pressure. Of particular...
Published 03/11/20
Just in time for International Women's Day, this special bonus episode the Development Podcast looks at Women, Business, and the Law - major research analyzing female economic inclusion worldwide. Just eight countries have a perfect score of 100 and globally, on-average women have just three quarters of the rights of men. But researchers are seeing progress and reason for hope.
Published 03/05/20
For decades, developing countries have faced the threats of undernutrition, stunting and starvation. While those problems haven’t gone away, incredible progress has been made. Now, a new threat looms: Obesity and excess weight. In the latest episode of The Development Podcast, we hear from researchers at the forefront of new analysis into this “double-burden” of undernutrition and obesity. First up, we get the view from Mexico City, where pediatrician Dr. Salvador Villalpando talks through...
Published 02/11/20
It's one of the most anticipated – and closely watched – reports in the world of entrepreneurship. Each year, the World Bank's "Doing Business" team analyzes and ranks – literally, like football standings – the world's economies for how easy (or hard) they make it to start a business. In this inaugural episode of The Development Podcast we go inside the rankings, revealing just where you'll have the easiest time launching your next venture – and which countries could be the next global...
Published 01/30/20
Hosts Raka Banerjee and Paul Blake preview what to expect from the World Bank Group's new flagship series.
Published 01/27/20