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Sri Lanka - Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity (English)

Sri Lanka is in many respects a development success story. With economic growth averaging more than 7 percent a year over the past five years on top of an average growth of 6 percent the preceding five years, Sri Lanka has made notable strides towards the goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity (the ‘twin goals’). ... See More +

Systematic Country Diagnostic 103246 FEB 01, 2016

Middle East and North Africa - Enhancing Microfinance amongst Women and Youth Project (English)

Ratings for the Enhancing Microfinance amongst Women and Youth Project for Middle East and North Africa were as follows: outcomes were satisfactory, the risk to development outcome was substantial, the Bank performance was satisfactory, and the Borrower performance was also satisfactory. ... See More +

Implementation Completion and Results Report ICR3647 JAN 16, 2016

Lebanon - Promoting poverty reduction and shared prosperity : systematic country diagnostic (English)

Since independence, Lebanon’s political development has been influenced primarily by its evolving confessional system. However, this system, originally established to balance the competing interests of local religious communities, is increasingly seen as an impediment to more effective governance, as it has resulted in a paralysis in decision making and a general hollowing out of the state. ... See More +

Publication 103201 JAN 01, 2016

Le Borgne,Eric; Jacobs,Thomas James

India - Second Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project (English)

Ratings for the Second Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project for India were as follows: outcomes were satisfactory, the risk to development outcome was moderate, the Bank performance was satisfactory, and the Borrower performance was also satisfactory. ... See More +

Implementation Completion and Results Report ICR3630 DEC 20, 2015

Handbook for improving the living conditions of Roma (English)

A disproportionately large number of Roma1 in Europe today face deep poverty, social exclusion, and poor living conditions. Improving these is critical to achieving the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the European Union’s 10-year growth strategy, which aims to reduce poverty, social exclusion, early school leaving, and increase school attainment and employment by 2020. ... See More +

Working Paper 102190 NOV 30, 2015

Anan,Kosuke

Microfinance : a critical literature survey (English)

This paper offers a critical survey of the microfinance literature of the past 10 years. It reviews studies on the effectiveness of different microfinance techniques and offers a critical assessment of the impact literature of microfinance. ... See More +

Publication 102284 NOV 22, 2015

Beck,Thorsten

IDA17 mid-term review : progress report on inclusive growth (English)

IDA17 has identified inclusive growth as a priority for IDA countries. The special theme recognizes that growth alone, is insufficient for achieving the World Bank Group (WBG) goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. ... See More +

Board Report 100927 NOV 09, 2015

Swaziland - Private Sector Competitiveness Project (English)

The development objective of the Private Sector Competitiveness Project for Swaziland is: to support an improved investment climate and strengthen competitiveness of firms, especially in the agribusiness and tourism sectors. ... See More +

Project Appraisal Document PAD1331 NOV 04, 2015

Dual credit markets and household access to finance : evidence from a representative Chinese household survey (English)

Using a new and representative data set of Chinese household finance, this paper documents household access to and costs of finance, along with their correlates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7454 OCT 22, 2015

Cull,Robert J.; Gan,Li; Gao,Nan; Xu,L. Colin

Vietnam - Affordable housing : a way forward (English)

Affordable housing will be instrumental to helping Vietnam achieve its goals for increasing productivity and inclusive urban growth. Since Doi Moi, the country has experienced impressive economic growth, averaged at 7.4 percent per annum from 1990 to 2008, lowering to an average of 6 percent per annum from 2007 to 2013. ... See More +

Working Paper 100706 OCT 16, 2015

Samad,Taimur; Hoang, Hoa Thi; Brhane,Meskerem; Mcvitty,Josephine Elizabeth; Nguyen,Huong Mai; Harrison,Dao H; Nohn,Matthias; Hassler,Olivier; Payne,Geoffrey K.; Huynh, Duong; Dang,Vo Hung; Nguyen,Thi Thanh Tam; La,Hai Anh; Bui,Khiem Van; Tran,Thi Cam Nhung Vietnamese

Sri Lanka - Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity : a systematic country diagnostic (English)

Between 2002 and 2012-13, most of the reduction in poverty was due to increased earnings, as opposed to higher employment or higher transfers. Although it is hard to be certain, increases in earnings are associated with: (i) a slow structural transformation away from agriculture and into industry and services that led to productivity increases; (ii) agglomeration around key urban areas that supported this structural transformation; (iii) domestic-driven growth, including public-sector investment that led to increases in labor demand, particularly in industry and services; and (iv) a commodity boom that led to higher labor earnings for agricultural workers in the context of lower agricultural employment. ... See More +

Systematic Country Diagnostic 100226 OCT 01, 2015

Pakistan development update (English)

Pakistan’s economy posted GDP growth of 4.2 percent in FY2014/15 compared to 4.0 percent in the previous year, but below the 5.1 percent targeted growth envisaged for FY2014-15 in the annual plan. ... See More +

Working Paper 100710 OCT 01, 2015

Waheed,Muhammad

The ABCs of financial education : experimental evidence on attitudes, behavior, and cognitive biases (English)

This paper uses a large scale field experiment in India to study attitudinal, behavioral, and cognitive constraints that stymie the link between financial education and financial outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7413 SEP 15, 2015

Carpena,Fenella; Cole,Shawn A.; Shapiro,Jeremy; Zia,Bilal Husnain

Global financial development report 2015-2016 : long-term finance (English)

Long-term finance plays an important role in economic development. Extending the maturity structure of finance is often considered to be at the core of sustainable financial development. ... See More +

Publication 99100 SEP 14, 2015

Mozambique - Second Programmatic Financial Sector Development Policy Operation (FSDPO II) Project (English)

The development objective of the Second Programmatic Financial Sector Development Policy Operation (FSDPO II) Project for Mozambique is to reinforce financial stability, increase access to finance by households and firms, and enhance the development of long-term financial markets. ... See More +

Program Document 95275 SEP 01, 2015

Honduras - Corredor Seco Food Security Project (English)

The development objective of the Corredor Seco Food Security Project for Honduras is to enhance food and nutritional security of vulnerable households in selected areas of the Corredor Seco. ... See More +

Project Appraisal Document PAD949 AUG 19, 2015

Developing scalable and transparent benefit payment systems in Myanmar (English)

Similar to other low-income countries, in Myanmar social protection benefits are usually provided through direct cash or food distribution. With the rapid development of the financial and telecommunications market in the country, there is the potential for a gradual transition to electronic payment systems for current and future social protection transfers, once adequate legal and regulatory frameworks are in place. ... See More +

Working Paper 97965 JUL 07, 2015

Stokkel,Inge Mathilde Maria

The role of training programs for youth employment in Nepal : impact evaluation report on the employment fund (English)

The youth unemployment rate is exceptionally high in the developing world. Because quality of education is arguably one of the most important determinants of youth’s labor force participation, governments worldwide have responded by creating job training and placement services programs. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS14600 JUL 06, 2015

Lundberg,Mattias K. A.

Migrants’ remittances from the United Kingdom : international remittances and access to financial services for migrants in London, UK - a greenback 2.0 report (English)

This report will share key findings from the research, starting with an overview in section two of the international remittance context and the UK remittance market. ... See More +

Working Paper 99588 JUL 01, 2015

India - Low Income Housing Finance Project : environmental assessment : Social and environmental assessment (English)

The Social and Environmental Assessment (SEA) report for the project consists of an assessment of the sector followed by appropriate Social and Environmental Due Diligence (SEDD) measures to integrate S&E considerations into project implementation by NHB and its pre-financing and/or refinancing of QPLI lending operations to primary borrowers. ... See More +

Environmental Assessment SFG1315 JUN 19, 2015

Kamphuis,Bertine

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Sri Lanka - Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity (English)
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FEB 01, 2016 103246 Systematic Country Diagnostic
Middle East and North Africa - Enhancing Microfinance amongst Women and Youth Project (English)
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JAN 16, 2016 ICR3647 Implementation Completion and Results Report
Lebanon - Promoting poverty reduction and shared prosperity : systematic country diagnostic (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 103201 Publication
India - Second Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Initiatives Project (English)
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DEC 20, 2015 ICR3630 Implementation Completion and Results Report
Handbook for improving the living conditions of Roma (English)
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NOV 30, 2015 102190 Working Paper
Microfinance : a critical literature survey (English)
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NOV 22, 2015 102284 Publication
IDA17 mid-term review : progress report on inclusive growth (English)
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NOV 09, 2015 100927 Board Report
Swaziland - Private Sector Competitiveness Project (English)
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NOV 04, 2015 PAD1331 Project Appraisal Document
Dual credit markets and household access to finance : evidence from a representative Chinese household survey (English)
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OCT 22, 2015 WPS7454 Policy Research Working Paper
Vietnam - Affordable housing : a way forward (English)
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OCT 16, 2015 100706 Working Paper Vietnamese
Sri Lanka - Ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity : a systematic country diagnostic (English)
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OCT 01, 2015 100226 Systematic Country Diagnostic
Pakistan development update (English)
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OCT 01, 2015 100710 Working Paper
The ABCs of financial education : experimental evidence on attitudes, behavior, and cognitive biases (English)
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SEP 15, 2015 WPS7413 Policy Research Working Paper
Global financial development report 2015-2016 : long-term finance (English)
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SEP 14, 2015 99100 Publication
Mozambique - Second Programmatic Financial Sector Development Policy Operation (FSDPO II) Project (English)
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SEP 01, 2015 95275 Program Document
Honduras - Corredor Seco Food Security Project (English)
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AUG 19, 2015 PAD949 Project Appraisal Document
Developing scalable and transparent benefit payment systems in Myanmar (English)
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JUL 07, 2015 97965 Working Paper
The role of training programs for youth employment in Nepal : impact evaluation report on the employment fund (English)
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JUL 06, 2015 ACS14600 Working Paper
Migrants’ remittances from the United Kingdom : international remittances and access to financial services for migrants in London, UK - a greenback 2.0 report (English)
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JUL 01, 2015 99588 Working Paper
India - Low Income Housing Finance Project : environmental assessment : Social and environmental assessment (English)
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JUN 19, 2015 SFG1315 Environmental Assessment