The Development Podcast

The Development Podcast

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Join World Bank staff as we give you a window into the world of international development. Through conversations with people on the frontlines of development, we get the latest data, research, and commentary on the biggest global challenges – from…


‘Locking down an economy creates insolvency’ – The coronavirus’ impact on companies and jobs
Jun 24 • 20 min
Call it the “great lockdown”, the “coronavirus recession” or another moniker – whatever your label, the facts are clear: this unprecedented pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the private sector. While the full scale of the damage to companies…
Crisis alongside crisis: Locust swarms threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions, while COVID-19 complicates response efforts
Jun 9 • 25 min
Millions of people’s food security and livelihoods are under threat from historic locust swarms that are decimating cropland in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. As affected countries work to respond, experts tell the Development Podcast that…
‘We’re moving to the next stage’ – The risks, opportunities, and the road to recovery from COVID-19, with World Bank Group President David Malpass
May 29 • 26 min
As healthcare workers continue to tirelessly fight the coronavirus, countries around the globe are starting to look towards recovery from the pandemic. In a special interview David Malpass, the World Bank Group’s President, shares his thoughts on the…
More than a billion students aren’t in class – how do we educate during a pandemic?
May 12 • 15 min
As the coronavirus has rapidly spread around the globe just about every aspect of life is being disrupted – not least education, which was already in crisis. That begs the question: How do we educate students during a pandemic? We get the view from the…
As coronavirus spreads around the world, countries brace for impacts on their people, healthcare, and economies
Mar 11 • 20 min
***Update: This episode was recorded in early March and makes several references to the World Bank’s fast-track financing facility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since recording, the value of that package has increased from $12bn to $14bn. The…
Around the world, women on average have just three quarters of the economic rights of men
Mar 5 • 19 min
Just in time for International Women’s Day, this special bonus episode the Development Podcast looks at Women, Business, and the Law - major research analyzing female economic inclusion worldwide. Just eight countries have a perfect score of 100 and…
Already confronting undernutrition, many developing countries face a new threat: Obesity.
Feb 11 • 26 min
For decades, developing countries have faced the threats of undernutrition, stunting and starvation. While those problems haven’t gone away, incredible progress has been made. Now, a new threat looms: Obesity and excess weight. In the latest episode of…
The best – and worst – places to start a business around the world
Jan 30 • 22 min
It’s one of the most anticipated – and closely watched – reports in the world of entrepreneurship. Each year, the World Bank’s “Doing Business” team analyzes and ranks – literally, like football standings – the world’s economies for how easy (or hard)…