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How do people in MENA evaluate their economic prospects? (English)

In the global environment with the risk of prolonged low growth, the short-term economic outlook for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region remains “cautiously "pessimistic”, according to the World Bank’s latest MENA Economic Monitor. ... See More +

Brief 105732 APR 01, 2016

Mottaghi,Lili Disclosed

Building Kuwait’s future, one small enterprise at a time (English)

The number of Small-to-Medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kuwait is high, particularly in retail and non-financial services, but their overall contribution to the economy is marginal. ... See More +

Brief 103713 MAR 01, 2016

Karasapan,Omer M.; Volk,Mark Disclosed

The impact of war and peace in MENA (English)

Civil wars and violence have significantly damaged human, social and physical capital in the war-torn countries of Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. ... See More +

Brief 105731 MAR 01, 2016

Mottaghi,Lili Disclosed

MENA’s forced displacement crisis (English)

The latest MENA Quarterly Economic Brief estimates growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region to fall short of expectation at 2.6 percent in 2015, about 0.2 percentage points below the October 2015 forecast. ... See More +

Brief 105730 MAR 01, 2016

Mottaghi,Lili Disclosed

Scaling up blended financing of water and sanitation investments in Kenya (English)

This note looks at a series of interventions undertaken by the government of Kenya, with support from the World Bank and other development partners, to improve access to commercial finance in the water and sanitation sector. ... See More +

Brief 104502 MAR 01, 2016

Advani,Rajesh K. Disclosed

The cost of fire : an economic analysis of Indonesia’s 2015 fire crisis (English)

According to the government, 2.6 million hectares of Indonesian land burned between June and October 2015, an area four and half times the size of Bali. ... See More +

Brief 103668 FEB 01, 2016

Disclosed

Toward universal access to clean cooking and heating : early lessons from the East Asia and Pacific clean stove initiative (English)

Early Lessons from the East Asia and Pacific Clean Stove Initiative Initial lessons from the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Clean Stove Initiative (CSI) confirm the need for country-specific roadmaps, strong national support, well-targeted subsidies, and integration of local conditions and international best practices into stoves standards and testing protocols. ... See More +

Brief 105270 JAN 01, 2016

Zhang,Yabei; Adams,Norma Disclosed

Rooftop solar in Maldives: a World Bank guarantee and Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) facilitate private investment in clean and affordable energy (English)

This guidance note talks about Rooftop solar in Maldives. The Maldives Ministry of Environment and Energy, with support from the World Bank and from the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), a funding window of the Climate Investment Fund,has designed a program centered on solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installations to take advantage of the Maldive's high insolation while also coping with the scarcity of land. ... See More +

Brief 103935 JAN 01, 2016

Kohli,Sandeep; Braud,Arnaud Disclosed

Mining for inclusive growth in Odisha, India (English)

This guidance note is about a recent mining boom in Odisha, that accelerated and diversified economic growth in the Indian state. However, the boom did not reduce poverty in the mining region. ... See More +

Brief 103934 JAN 01, 2016

Kannan,Sridar Padmanabhan; Peter Van Der Veen Disclosed

Toward climate-resilient hydropower in South Asia (English)

The decision tree offers a cost effective, scientifically sound, replicable, and transparent method for demonstrating the robustness of a development project in the face of the risks posed by climate change, natural hazards, and other factors. ... See More +

Brief 105268 JAN 01, 2016

Karki,Pravin; Bonzanigo,Laura; Ohtsuka,Haruhisa; Pahuja,Sanjay Disclosed

Designing effective national programs to improve industrial energy efficiency (English)

This guidance note, about Industrial energy efficiency is closely linked to the economic competitiveness of countries with significant manufacturing bases and to the energy security of countries that rely heavily on imported energy. ... See More +

Brief 103933 JAN 01, 2016

Liu,Feng; Tromop,Robert Wilfred Disclosed

Fostering the development of Energy Service Companies (ESCO) markets for energy efficiency (English)

This guidance note, about Energy service companies (ESCO), was prepared under the Energy Efficiency Outreach activity of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region. ... See More +

Brief 103932 JAN 01, 2016

Hofer,Kathrin; Limaye,Dilip R.; Singh,Jas Disclosed

Are power utilities in Tonga and New Zealand resilient? : human and organizational factors in disaster response (English)

Given the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, it is useful to understand the lessons learned from recent natural disasters in Ha’apai, Tonga, and Christchurch, New Zealand. ... See More +

Brief 102681 JAN 01, 2016

Brown, Ray; Wang,Xiaoping; Page, Christopher Disclosed

Why energy efficiency matters and how to scale it up (English)

Energy efficiency is among the cheapest and cleanest energy resources available. The World Bank, together with its development partners and client governments, is making a commitment to ensure that energy efficiency becomes the “first fuel” of energy policy makers and governments around the world. ... See More +

Brief 102680 JAN 01, 2016

Singh,Jasneet Disclosed

Thirsty energy (II) : the importance of water for oil and gas extraction (English)

The effect of oil and gas development on local and regional water resources can profoundly change a region’s economic possibilities, its water environment, and the vitality of its ecosystem. ... See More +

Brief 102679 JAN 01, 2016

Sohns,Antonia Averill; Rodriguez,Diego Juan; Delgado Martin,Anna Disclosed

The Lao cookstove experience : redefining health through cleaner energy solutions (English)

This brief examines redefining health through energy solutions. In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) household air pollution from the incomplete combustion of solid fuels is the top health risk, costing some 3.5 percent of GDP in lost productivity. ... See More +

Brief 105231 JAN 01, 2016

Dave,Rutu; Balasundaram,Rema N. Disclosed

New lessons from Australia to improve pension outcomes (English)

The Australian Government commissioned the independent Financial System Inquiry or ‘Murray Review’ to provide recommendations to improve private pensions (superannuation), as well as financial system resilience, innovation and consumer protection. ... See More +

Brief 104792 JAN 01, 2016

Price,William Joseph Disclosed

Azerbaijan - Leveraging postal network for financial and social inclusion (English)

This paper provides a brief overview of the postal network reform in Azerbaijan and transformation of Azerpost, Azerbaijan’s state postal operator, into an efficient platform for basic financial services delivery throughout the country. ... See More +

Brief 104793 JAN 01, 2016

Prigozhina,Angela; Boon,Johannes P. Disclosed

Promoting green growth through water resources management : the case of Republic of Korea (English)

Water security and water quality affect numerous economic sectors and areas: agriculture, energy, disaster management, and others. Countries need balanced and integrated approaches that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. ... See More +

Working Paper 102687 JAN 01, 2016

Ishiwatari,Mikio; Wataya,Eiko; Shin, Taesun; Kim, Daeil; Song, Jiseon; Kim, Seyi Disclosed

Champions wanted : promoting exports in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

Traditional discussions of export performance are typically cast in terms of countries and sectors, which has a comparative advantage, what should be protected, and so on. ... See More +

Brief 100036 OCT 01, 2015

Jaud,Melise; Freund,Caroline Disclosed

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How do people in MENA evaluate their economic prospects? (English)
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APR 01, 2016 105732 Brief
Building Kuwait’s future, one small enterprise at a time (English)
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MAR 01, 2016 103713 Brief
The impact of war and peace in MENA (English)
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MAR 01, 2016 105731 Brief
MENA’s forced displacement crisis (English)
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MAR 01, 2016 105730 Brief
Scaling up blended financing of water and sanitation investments in Kenya (English)
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MAR 01, 2016 104502 Brief
The cost of fire : an economic analysis of Indonesia’s 2015 fire crisis (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 103668 Brief
Toward universal access to clean cooking and heating : early lessons from the East Asia and Pacific clean stove initiative (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 105270 Brief
Rooftop solar in Maldives: a World Bank guarantee and Scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) facilitate private investment in clean and affordable energy (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 103935 Brief
Mining for inclusive growth in Odisha, India (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 103934 Brief
Toward climate-resilient hydropower in South Asia (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 105268 Brief
Designing effective national programs to improve industrial energy efficiency (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 103933 Brief
Fostering the development of Energy Service Companies (ESCO) markets for energy efficiency (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 103932 Brief
Are power utilities in Tonga and New Zealand resilient? : human and organizational factors in disaster response (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102681 Brief
Why energy efficiency matters and how to scale it up (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102680 Brief
Thirsty energy (II) : the importance of water for oil and gas extraction (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102679 Brief
The Lao cookstove experience : redefining health through cleaner energy solutions (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 105231 Brief
New lessons from Australia to improve pension outcomes (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104792 Brief
Azerbaijan - Leveraging postal network for financial and social inclusion (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104793 Brief
Promoting green growth through water resources management : the case of Republic of Korea (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102687 Working Paper
Champions wanted : promoting exports in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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OCT 01, 2015 100036 Brief