Architect Looks To Cities To Solve America's Problems Here And Now In such microfantasies, the strengths of small-town America—which unquestionably shares some of the strengths of big-city America in terms of density, community, sustainability, and...
At a news conference during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in late April, Jim Yong Kim held up a piece of paper with the year “2030” scribbled on it in pen. “This is it,” said Kim, the genial American physician who took over as president of the World Bank last summer. “This is the global target to end poverty.”
It sounds like the sort of airy, ambitious goal that is greeted by standing ovations but is ultimately unlikely to ever materialize. Development experts don’t see it that way, though. The end of extreme poverty might very well be within reach. “It’s not by any means pie-in-the-sky,” says Scott Morris, who formerly managed the Obama administration’s relations with development institutions. When I asked Jeffrey Sachs, the development economist, if the target seemed feasible, he said, “I absolutely believe so.” And Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, the powerful Washington policy group, told me, “In many ways, it’s a very modest goal.”
In part, this is because the bar is set very low. The World Bank aims to raise just about everyone on Earth above the $1.25-a-day income threshold. In Zambia, an average person living in such dire poverty might be able to afford, on a given day, two or three plates of cornmeal porridge, a tomato, a mango, a spoonful each of oil and sugar, a bit of chicken or fish, maybe a handful of nuts. But he would have just pocket change to spend on transportation, housing, education and everything else.... MORE
The World Bank's website on the Millennium Development Goals describes the eight goals and what the Bank is doing to meet them. The page discusses the Banks unique position in monitoring and reporting on progress, and accommodates the public conversation happening around the MDGs. The page illustrates the complexity of development and the Bank's response by asking: How does food security stabilize governments? How can clean water improve education? How can empowering women prevent future financial crises? How does building roads reduce child deaths? How can improved maternal health reduce poverty? How does preventing disease stabilize post-conflict nations? How does sustainable energy support small businesses? How does debt relief help improve education systems?
Economic Times Half of MDGs met -- UN BusinessWorld Online Edition The agreement seeks to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal...
If you've ever visited the World Bank's main data website (data.worldbank.org) you've probably used data from World Development Indicators (WDI). It’s a curated collection of comparable, relevant, international development data and statistics, constructed from some of the best sources around the world. And it’s part of the backbone of the Bank's Open Data Initiative - with over 900 indicators for 200 economies, many of them going back to 1960. It’s available as a book for free download or for sale, as a database, in mobile apps, through an API for software developers, and - if you’re so inclined - as a big old bulk download file.
But let’s get to the point: this year we’ve reviewed our dissemination strategy for the WDI, and decided to make some improvements. Our aim is to find the best way to put data on development into the hands of policy makers, specialists, students, and the public everywhere.
This infographic focuses on the cities of London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm.
It’s hard to quantify what makes a city "greener" than any other metropolis, but there are some clues: car ownership, green space, bicycle usage, solar installations, recycling, and water consumption are just a few factors that create environmentally responsible cities.
An infographic from HouseTrip lays out what different cities are doing in an easy-to-read format. A handful of major world cities stand out as leaders. This infographic focuses on London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm; three of these cities made it into our top 10 smart cities list (two others were runners-up). Each of these cities have statistics worth mentioning. Amsterdam has one bike for every 0.73 people, Copenhagen has legislation requiring all new buildings to have green roofs (this will add 5,000 square meters of vegetation), and only 44% of New Yorkers own a car, compared to 95% of Americans overall.
Visit the link to view the full infographic and to read more about the specific elements that make each featured city 'green'...
This September, the United Nations will host the largest gathering of heads of state since the Millennium Summit in the year 2000. At their last Summit, 189 ... (What are the UN Millennium Development Goals? Watch this 1 min video http://t.co/ommip7j #peace #hunger #poverty #equality #AIDS #education)
Africa: Cost of Malnutrition On Economic Growth AllAfrica.com A new report, Food for Thought, by Save the Children shows that malnutrition is the underlying cause of 2.3 million children's deaths a year and contributes to failures in cognitive and...
China leads battle against poverty: UN Independent Online The study takes stock of the successes and failures of the MDGs - aimed primarily at fighting poverty, hunger, illiteracy, disease and gender discrimination - which were approved at a summit...
"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year." This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns. To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en
The 2013 World Population Data Sheet lists all geopolitical entities with populations of 150,000 or more and all members of the UN. These include sovereign states, dependencies, overseas departments, and some territories whose status or boundaries may be undetermined or in dispute.
More developed regions, following the UN classification, comprise all of Europe and North America, plus Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.
All other regions and countries are classified as less developed.
The least developed countries consist of 49 countries with especially low incomes, high economic vulnerability, and poor human development indicators; 34 of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, 14 in Asia, and one in the Caribbean.
Jonathan Glennie: Tackling inequality and poverty is set back when the middle-classes in poor countries aspire to overseas living standards (Interesting take on global inequality MT “@jonathanglennie: As Facebok reaches 1bn, intl.)... Why would you want to give money in tax dollars when you can use them to buy the same standard of living as those in the richer, "more Developed" countries.
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