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eNewsletter | November 2017
ESF Guidance Notes LiveChat TODAY: Nov. 28, from 10 to 11:30 AM ETs

In August 2016, the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), which will go into effect in the Fall of 2018. The World Bank is preparing Guidance Notes for Borrowers as a resource to help explain requirements contained in the Standards and provide helpful examples. The draft Guidance Notes are open for public comment until December 15, 2017. Comments can be sent to

A LiveChat today, November 28, from 10 to 11:30 AM ET will focus on answering questions pertaining to the process of the comment period as well as the substance of the notes.

Ten Countries Join Global Financing Facility to Save the Lives of Millions of Women, Children and Adolescents

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) announced that ten new countries were joining the 16 existing GFF countries, as the GFF prepares to expand to a total of 50 countries in the next five years.

The new GFF countries are Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi and Rwanda. Read more here.

Internet of Things: The New Government-to-Business Platform

A new report from the World Bank Group examines how governments are implementing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The report is a starting point to examine the actual progress governments have made in incorporating IoT within their functions. It highlights experience derived from actual work on the ground – drawn from examples in Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Estonia, Kazakhstan, India, Japan, United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Read more here

Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs

The latest Doing Business report highlights that Governments in 119 economies carried out 264 business reforms in the past year to create jobs, attract investment and become more competitive. Marking its 15th anniversary, the report notes that nearly 3,200 business reforms have been carried out since it began monitoring the ease of doing business for domestic small and medium enterprises around the world.

The report also monitors hurdles faced specifically by women in the areas of Starting a Business, Registering Property and Enforcing Contracts. This year’s report includes case studies on transparency, which analyze data from business registries and land administrations and find that economies with more transparent and accessible information have lower levels of corruption and bribery. Read morehere

Getting More Sri Lankan Women to Work: It Can Be Done

A new WB report Getting to Work: Unlocking Women’s Potential in Sri Lanka’s Labor Force seeks to understand why Sri Lankan women’s rates of labor force participation continue to decline despite steady economic growth. In November, the World Bank participated in a series of panel discussions with the Government, the private sector and civil society, to unpack the findings of the new report.

Of particular interest were practical actions that had been taken on the ground, and policy reforms that could support women by boosting skills, resolving issues around safety and childcare, and creating a working environment free of discrimination and sexual harassment. Read more here.

Imrana Jalal Appointed as New Inspection Panel Member

Imrana Jalal has been appointed as a member of the Inspection Panel, succeeding Zeinab Bashir Elbakri. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced Ms. Jalal’s appointment on November 22 after it was approved by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. Read President Kim’s statement on Ms. Jalal’s appointment here.


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