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Remote Learning, EdTech & COVID-19
Resources related to the remote learning, distance education, online learning, and the use of educational technologies during the coronavirus pandemic
coronavirus  covid19  covid-19  education  worldbank  remote  learning 
8 days ago by stevesong
An inside look at the debate around pandemic bonds, which have $425 million hinging on how deadly the coronavirus ends up being | Markets Insider
"The two tranches of pandemic bonds represent different risks of contagion. The World Bank offered $225 million worth of Class A debt, which pay out 6.9% annually. The bonds default if pandemic-related deaths reach 2,500 in a single nation with an additional 20 or more deaths confirmed in an overseas country, according to the bank's prospectus.

The Class B bonds have a lower bar for the debt to trigger and accordingly boast a higher interest rate, since holders are assuming more risk. The bonds pay 11.5% annually, but reach default after 250 deaths. The bonds' payout rate scales with the number of additional countries that experience than 20 confirmed deaths. The World Bank issued $95 million worth of the Class B assets."
finance  death  disease  assholes  money  worldbank  ugh 
6 weeks ago by conner
World Bank continues mission to make Africa more investable –
The World Bank has selected Progressus to head-up the second phase of its ambitious African Regulatory Watch Initiative (RWI).
RWI  WorldBank  regulator  watch  initiative  2020 
6 weeks ago by stevesong
Central Africa Backbone : Cameroon deployed additional 105 km of fiber in 2019 - Business in Cameroon
In 2019, in the framework of the Central Africa Backbone (CAB) project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Cameroon deployed an additional
Africa  2020  Cameroon  Cameroun  AfTerFibre  terrestrial  fibre  optic  infrastructure  WorldBank  CAB 
8 weeks ago by stevesong
Malawi pens US$72.4-million global connectivity contract - ITWeb Africa
Contract part of government's Digital Malawi Project and valid for ten years.
Africa  2020  Malawi  NREN  WorldBank  MAREN  ubuntunet  afterfibre 
10 weeks ago by stevesong
China tried to get World Bank to fund surveillance in Xinjiang
"Chinese recipients of World Bank loans tried to secure funding for the purchase of facial recognition technology for use in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang, according to documents obtained by Axios...The World Bank's loan program in Xinjiang demonstrates the extreme moral hazard that is now facing any organization with operations in the region, where China has constructed a surveillance state and detained more than a million ethnic minorities. In more than 8,000 pages of official World Bank Chinese-language procurement documents dated June 2017 and reviewed by Axios, Chinese recipients of the loan program requested tens of thousands of dollars for the purchase of facial recognition cameras and software, night-vision cameras, and other surveillance technology for use in Xinjiang schools. The World Bank told Axios those funds were not disbursed." - Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios
otf  china  xinjiang  asia  worldbank  surveillance  uyghur 
december 2019 by dmcdev
RT : whistleblower argued against $50 million loan to used for riot control equipment in (Oc…
Xinjiang  China  WorldBank  from twitter
december 2019 by kcarruthers

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