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Resources relating to fighting poverty, living with limited resources, and international development issues.
  • A Guide to Improving Internet Access in Africa with Wireless Technologies
    • This article put written by Mike Jensen discusses different ways of bringing the Internet to Africa.
  • Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015
    • Of all the goals, educating children—particularly girls—has the greatest impact on eliminating poverty.
  • Afghanistan: Data, Projects, and Research
    • Provides data about the country of Afghanistan and information about World Bank activities there.
  • African Development Forum (ADF) Publications
    • The African Development Forum is an initiative led by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects a consensus among major partners and that leads to specific programmes for country implementation.
  • Asia and the Pacific
    • The vast and culturally diverse Asia and the Pacific region is home to 60 per cent of the world's people. It encompasses the huge, rapidly industrializing economies of China and India, the remote, mountainous communities of Nepal and Bhutan and the small Pacific island countries.
  • Asian Development Bank
    • Asian Development Bank is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.
  • Assisting in Emergencies
    • In times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence soar. Reproductive health services - including prenatal care, assisted delivery, and emergency obstetric care - often become unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to HIV infection and sexual exploitation. And many women lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.
  • Chemical hazards in drinking-water
    • The WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality include facts sheets and comprehensive review documents for many individual chemicals. For many of these, guideline values are derived. All of these can be accessed through the following alphabetical list.
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases by 2015
    • The World Bank has taken a lead role in forming new donor partnerships that strengthen national health systems. The World Bank also contributes to the global fight against malaria.
  • Desertificación
    • La desertificación afecta a la salud humana por vías complejas entre las cuales figura una pobreza creciente; observamos efectos relacionados con la nutrición, el desplazamiento de poblaciones, enfermedades transmitidas por el agua, los alimentos o vectores y la contaminación del aire. The desertification affects the human health which includes poverty.
  • Develop a Global Partnership for Development by 2015
    • The World Bank is the largest international funder of information and communication technology development, currently supporting projects in 95 countries.
  • Development Marketplace
    • Administered by the World Bank, the Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program for projects likely to have a strong impact on development. Competitions are held at the global, regional, and country level for a range of civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, and others. Each competition has its own theme. A wide range of themes have been covered in past competitions including supporting innovations of and for people with disabilities.
  • Disability and Poverty
    • This article discusses the circular relationship between poverty and disability.
  • Ecological Effects of Rice-Fish Culture
    • Benefits of farming fish and rice in the same field
  • Education For All
    • "Education For All" is a set of internationally agreed upon goals to promote universal access to primary school education, increased adult literacy, and promote sustainable development around the world. The United Nations provides an overview.
  • Ensure Environmental Sustainability by 2015
    • The World Bank has been integrating Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) activities increasingly into agriculture, water sanitation, urban, and other projects to help counter environmental losses.
  • Equity, Poverty, and the Environment
    • Poverty reduction—especially for the poorest—can be greatly enhanced through policies that promote fair distribution of natural resource benefits. In high-inequity, high-poverty countries, equitable access and fair distribution can be more effective than economic growth alone in reducing poverty. Such reforms are often most effective in countries where natural resources dominate local economies and natural capital is particularly significant in determining the overall distribution of wealth. Even small changes in these policies can have a large effect on building the assets of the poor and reducing poverty.
  • Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger by 2015
    • For more than 60 years, the World Bank has partnered with governments worldwide reducing poverty by providing financial and technical help.
  • Friends of the Earth International Publications
    • Here you will find a large selection of publications relating to climate change, mining, eco justice, agriculture, forestry, and pollution.
  • Guiding Principles for Implementing School-based Management Programs
    • This online toolkit is organized around the following six basic principles and provides the main questions and issues to be considered when designing and implementing SBM type programs. For select questions, the toolkit also presents examples from past or current projects being financed by the World Bank.
  • HIV and AIDS Program
    • The goal of the HIV and AIDS program is ambitious: to arrest the spread of the HIV epidemic in developing countries and to enable people to mitigate or eliminate the impact of HIV on their own health, and on their families, communities, and societies.
  • Human Rights and HIV
    • The risk of HIV infection and its impact feeds on violations of human rights, including discrimination against women and marginalized groups such as sex workers, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.
  • Human Rights Dimension of Poverty
    • This report explains how a lack of well-structured social programs can leave people poor and without the human rights they deserve.
  • Improve Maternal Health by 2015
    • Bank projects allow women wider access to effective and functioning health systems, with skilled and motivated health workers.
  • Liberia - Country Brief
    • This page provides a baisc economic and political overview of the country and describes the World Bank's involvement there.
  • Linking Population and Development
    • Population dynamics, including growth rates, age structure, fertility and mortality, migration and more—influence every aspect of human, social and economic development. In turn, other core areas of UNFPA’s work, including reproductive health and women’s empowerment, powerfully influence population trends.
  • Midwives
    • Professionally trained midwives have had an essential role in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates. Yet, the midwifery profession often garners little recognition, meager income, and limited career opportunities in addition to inconsistent training practices. These factors contribute to the acute shortage of these valuable healthcare workers.
  • Millennium Development Goals
    • Information about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the involvement of the United Nations Development Programme in striving to achieve them. Provides reports on progress toward the MDGs and information on related partnership initiatives.
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
    • The official United Nations website on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are a set of goals, agreed upon among all countries and international development agencies, for reducing poverty and improving health and education outcomes.
  • Millennium Development Goals Indicators
    • This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The data and analyses are the product of the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators, coordinated by the United Nations Statistics Division. You will also find the official progress reports and documents produced by IAEG.
  • Passive Air Conditioning
    • Low Evergy Cooling, How Cool Towers Work, Basic Cool Tower Design, Design of Your Tower, Common Cool Tower Design, Advanced Cool Tower Design
  • Poverty Reduction Strategies
    • Provides information from the World Bank about Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and the process that governments use to develop them in consultation with civil society and development partners.
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers: All Documents Sorted by Country
    • Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) are prepared by the member countries through a participatory process involving domestic stakeholders as well as eng development partners, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Updated every three years with annual progress reports, PRSPs describe the country's macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs over a three year or longer horizon to promote broad-based growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated eng financing needs and major sources of financing. Interim PRSPs (I-PRSPs) summarize the current knowledge and analysis of a country's poverty situation, describe the existing poverty reduction strategy, and lay out the process for producing a fully developed PRSP in a participatory fashion. The country documents, along with the accompanying IMF/World Bank Joint Staff Assessments (JSAs), are being made available on the World Bank and IMF websites by agreement with the member country as a service to users of the World Bank and IMF websites.
  • Poverty, Gender and Youth Program
    • Through the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, Population Council staff members seek to understand the social dimensions of poverty, the determinants and consequences of gender inequality, the disparities that arise during adolescence, and the critical elements of a successful transition to adulthood in developing countries.
  • Practical Answers
    • Information presented by Practical Answers is focused small-scale appropriate technology aimed at improving access to infrastructure and enterprise development for people living in poverty.
  • Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women by 2015
    • Countries that invest in promoting the social and economic status of women tend to have lower poverty rates.
  • Red Accion
    • Red ACCION reúne a las instituciones de microfinanzas líderes en el mundo para crear, crecer y liderar la industria de las microfinanzas en una forma colaboradora. Juntos, la Red y sus miembros son líderes activos en integrando instituciones de microfinanzas en los mercados de capital internacionales para aprovechar su considerable poder financiero a fin de aliviar la pobreza en el mundo.
  • Reduce Child Mortality by 2015
    • Child deaths have been halved over the last few decades thanks to better nutrition, health care, and standards of living.
  • Results-Oriented Assistance: A USAID Sourcebook
    • This guide aims to create a user friendly resource for USAID staff and Development Partners [e.g., private voluntary organizations (PVOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), cooperative development organizations, educational institutions, and private firms] on USAID's programming policies and procedures. Although it is designed for USAID groups, it is general enough to be applicable to other NGOs.
  • Save and Grow
    • The Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security. In many countries, however, intensive crop production has depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity. In order to meet projected demand over the next 40 years, farmers in the developing world must double food production, a challenge made even more daunting by the combined effects of climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy.
  • SEEDS
    • presents innovative and practical program ideas to address the economic roles and needs of low-income women.
  • Self Help Wells
    • The purpose of this book is to review the methods for well drilling and digging which can be done with local material and by local people. The book is intended for engineers, agronomists, health experts, etc. who may wish to help people obtain a better water supply. The book is not for highly sophisticated societies nor for those interested in the normal, capital-intensive techniques of well drilling. The aim of the book is not to provide formulae and detailed instructions for specific conditions but to provide ideas, some of which may be useful in a specific location. The emphasis is on using and building on resources which are available rather than on importing technologies.
  • State of the World’s Children 2007
    • The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives – and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls. It looks at the status of women today, discusses how gender equality will move all the Millennium Development Goals forward, and shows how investment in women’s rights will ultimately produce a double dividend: advancing the rights of both women and children.
  • State of the World's Children 2009
    • The State of the World's Children 2009 is available as a report in English, French, Spanish and Arabic and as a multimedia version in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To download the full report as a PDF click on the links below.
  • State of the World's Children Report 2008
    • The State of the World’s Children 2008 assesses the state of child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children today. These issues serve as sensitive barometers of a country’s development and wellbeing and as evidence of its priorities and values.
  • Sudan
    • Links to information on the genocide in Sudan and elsewhere in Africa
  • The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
    • This annual funding competition, usually held in November and December each year, seeks proposals for projects meant to strengthen the voice of civil society in various democratic processes.
  • The World Bank - Mainstream Organizations
    • This page offers an extensive list of links to mainstream organizations in the international development community. Many of these organizations include a focus on disability as one part of their activities. The list includes multi-lateral donors (development banks); bi-lateral donors (government agencies devoted to development); organizations committed to corporate social responsibilities (i.e., businesses that try to behave responsibly); foundations; bibliographic sources; and sources for statistics.
  • The World Bank - The Solomon Islands
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Solomon Islands, their economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
    • The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
  • UNESCO Education Website
    • The organization aims to help build a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity and defend human rights, achieved by providing Education for All (EFA).
  • UNFPA Gender Equality Web Page
    • This United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) webpage contains information on reproductive health and human rights.
  • UNICEF - Basic Education and Gender Equality
    • A rights-based approach to education will address inequalities in our societies that are deep-rooted and often gender-based. Such inequalities exclude millions of children, particularly girls, from school or condemn them to educational experiences of very poor quality.
  • UNICEF Millennium Development Goals
    • Information on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with an emphasis on children. Also describes the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) activities in relation to the MDGs.
  • United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women
    • The official United Nations site for learning about the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.
  • USAID Health: Family Planning
    • USAID's Family Planning program is one of the success stories in U.S. development assistance. Since the launch of the program in 1965, families are better able to feed, clothe, educate, and provide health care for their children. Countless women and children are alive today as a result of USAID assistance.
  • USAID Health: HIV/AIDS
    • The U.S. government has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority, not only for humanitarian reasons, but because the HIV/AIDS crisis threatens the prosperity, stability, and development of nations around the world. USAID has funded almost $6 billion since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986, more than any other public or private organization.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    • Almost fifty per cent of the developing world’s population – 2.5 billion people – lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources.
  • World Bank - Ecuador
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Ecuador, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Fiji
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Fiji, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Kiribati
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Kiribati, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Namibia
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Namibia, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country.
  • World Bank - Nicaragua
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Nicaragua, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Palau
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Palau, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Papua New Guinea
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Papua New Guinea, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also learn about World Bank projects in the country.
  • World Bank - Peru
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Peru, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country. Also available in Spanish.
  • World Bank - Samoa
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Samoa, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - The Federated States of Micronesia
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about the Federated States of Micronesia, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - The Marshall Islands
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about the Marshall Islands, their economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - The Role of Gender in Bangladesh
    • This March 2008 report from the World Bank examines the role of gender in Bangladesh. Discusses the progress that has been achieved in promoting gender equality in health, education, and microcredit and remaining areas that need attention. Download either the full report (2.2 Mb) or individual chapters, all in PDF format.
  • World Bank - Tonga
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Tonga, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • World Bank - Uganda
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Uganda, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country.
  • World Bank - Ukraine
    • Consult this page at the World Bank to locate data about Ukraine, its economy and poverty prevalence rates, the health and education of its population, and its progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also learn about World Bank projects in the country.
  • World Bank EdStats
    • EdStats, short for Education Statistics, is a comprehensive education statistics database developed by the World Bank’s Education Group of the Human Development Network in collaboration with Development Data Group in the Development Economics Vice-Presidency.
  • World Bank: Монгол Улс
    • Information about poverty in Mongolia (Монгол Улс) and local projects funded by the World Bank. (In Mongolia's language)
  • World Bank: Bangladesh
    • Information about poverty in Bangladesh and local projects funded by the World Bank.
  • World Bank: Ethiopia
    • Information about poverty in Kenya and about local programs funded by the World Bank.
  • World Bank: India
    • Information about poverty in India and local projects funded by the World Bank.
  • World Bank: Indonesia
    • Information about poverty in Indonesia and local programs funded by the World Bank.
  • World Bank: Indonesia (Bahasa)
    • Information about poverty in Indonesia and local programs funded by the World Bank. (in Bahasa Indonesian language)
  • World Bank: Kenya
    • Information about poverty in Kenya and about local programs funded by the World Bank.
  • World Bank: Mongolia
    • Information about poverty in Mongolia and local projects funded by the World Bank.
  • WorldBank Blog: Climate Change
    • This is the WorldBank's blog with entries regarding global climate change, the economy, poverty, and global politics.