Dear CDD Community of Practice Members,

We hope that members of our community in the Southeast Asia region had joyous new year celebrations and that others in the western hemisphere are enjoying springtime!

We’ve had a busy month at the CDD Secretariat, reflecting the hard work that is underway across much of the community, including in the design and preparation of a host of new CDD programs, tackling issues from forced displacement to insecurity and geographical disparities.  We look forward to seeing these come to fruition and are happy to continue facilitating exchanges between teams to share lessons learned. 

To this end, this month’s newsletter features items on CDD approaches in action in India and China, lessons from a global review on post-disaster rebuilding of communities, and a new report on the impact of fragility on poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.

As always, we are eager to hear from you!  Please share any relevant information and materials that you feel would benefit our community and stay in touch.

With best wishes,

Susan, Nik and Ashutosh
Taking digital banking services to remote villages in north eastern India

People in the remote corners of India’s Himalayan state of Sikkim had to travel long distances over the hillsides to do simple banking transactions in the past. The World Bank supported NERLP project is now helping banks in Sikkim to engage local women self-help group (SHG) members as their business correspondents and equip them with palm-sized micro-ATMs, biometric readers, and internet-connected thermal printers. As a result, villagers can now deposit their money easily, earn interest, and withdraw cash whenever needed.
Rebuilding communities after disasters – four and a half lessons learned
2017 and 2018 have been estimated as the most expensive back-to-back years for weather disasters, totaling $653 billion of losses. With climate change increasing the probability of extreme weather events and the explosive and largely unplanned growth of populations and assets in the developing world, the process of post-disaster rebuilding of communities offers a stark choice: the right policy choices could set economies, cities, towns and villages, and neighborhoods on a resilient, sustainable path, and, unfortunately, the wrong policies would inevitably lead to fraud, waste, corruption, delays, and failure.  The blog highlights some of the most important lessons learned from several studies by the World Bank and the IMF, including a global review of reconstruction process after major disasters over the past several decades.
Introducing a video blog series on tackling fragility, conflict, and violence in Africa

More than 300 million people in Africa are affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) and half of the 36 countries in Africa are on the World Bank’s Harmonized List of Fragile Situations. To help foster strategic discussions on FCV challenges, the World Bank’s Africa Social Development team has created a Social Development FCV Knowledge Cluster. The group will share their knowledge and experience in a new video blog series, “Social Development - Tackling Fragility, Conflict, and Violence in Africa.”
5 facts about jobs and economic transformation in IDA countries

This blog highlights five key takeaways from the `Pathways to better jobs in IDA countries’ report which takes a closer look at how people benefit through jobs in the process of development and combines data from over 16,000 episodes of real GDP growth, labor supply information for over 140 countries, and firm-level analysis from Jobs Diagnostics.

Cambodia Nutrition Project (P162675)

The project was approved on April 4, 2019 for $53 million ($12 million counterpart funding, $15 million IDA credit, $26 million trust funds) and aims to improve utilization and quality of priority maternal and child health and nutrition services for targeted groups in Cambodia.

Lao PDR – Reducing Rural Poverty and Malnutrition Project (P162565)

The project was approved on April 8, 2019 for $27 million IDA credit and aims to support the design and implementation of a nutrition-sensitive social assistance program to improve nutrition behaviors and enhance the convergence of nutrition-focused interventions.

Uganda – Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (P164101)

The additional financing of the project was approved on April 17, 2019 for $150 million IDA grant and aims to improve access to basic social services, expand economic opportunities, and enhance environmental management for both refugees and communities that host them.


World Bank Africa Human Capital Plan

The World Bank unveiled a new plan this month to help African countries strengthen their human capital. Sub-Saharan Africa scores the lowest of all the world’s regions on the World Bank’s Human Capital Index, a measurement of how well countries invest in the next generation of workers.  The objective of the plan is to enable Africa’s young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitizing global economy.

E-Commerce Participation and Household Income Growth in Taobao Villages

This paper examines the role of ecommerce participation in household income growth, drawing from a survey of representative Taobao Villages in 2017. The paper presents three main findings. First, e-commerce participation is not random: participation is higher among households with younger household heads, with secondary education, particularly those with technical and vocational education, urban work experience, and knowledge of e-commerce. Second, ecommerce participation is associated with higher household income, with some indications that participation has a strong positive effect on household incomes. Third, e-commerce appears to yield benefits that are broadly shared among participants in an equitable way in Taobao Villages.

Taking the Pulse of Africa’s Economy

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been downgraded to 2.3 percent for 2018, down from 2.5 percent in 2017, according to the April 2019 issue of Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies released this month. Economic growth remains below population growth for the fourth consecutive year, and although regional growth is expected to rebound to 2.8 percent in 2019, it will have remained below three percent since 2015. This issue of Africa’s Pulse also looks at how fragility is holding back sub-Saharan Africa, and how the digital economy can help the continent move forward.

Blog4Dev 2019: Enhancing the Skills to Prepare Africa's Youth for the Digital Economy and the Future of Work

This book compiles the Blog4Dev 2019 winning blog entries in the original language they were received.


CDD Core Course
March 20-21, 2019

CDD and Next Generation Programs/Cutting Edge Work
March 18, 2019

Institutionalizing CDD
March 18, 2019

CDD and Local Economic Development (LED) and Community Benefit Sharing
March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

CDD GSG/CoP Work Program: What Lies Ahead?
March 12, 2019

Knowledge-sharing event on CDD for the Central Asia CMU
February 6, 2019

Protecting and Promoting the Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria: The Renewed Agenda
January 30, 2019

Nigeria CDD-SPJ Learning Event
January 28-31, 2019

Community-Driven Development:  Myths and Realities
January 22, 2019

CDD and Local Economic Development BBL in Rural Context
December 12, 2018

Towards Inclusive Development: Afghanistan's Citizens' Charter
November 6, 2018

Launching a Multi-Sectoral Platform to Accelerate Stunting Reduction in Indonesia
November 1, 2018

Pivot to Prevention: Addressing Exclusion from the Ground Up
October 30, 2018

Findings from a Long-Term CDD Evaluation in Indonesia
October 11, 2018

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