On March 14, leaders from around the world will gather in Nairobi to reaffirm the world’s commitment to the fight against climate change.

Near the town of Massakory, Chad, less than 200 km north of the capital N’Djamena, the land is barren and climate is extremely hot and arid. The rainy season comes later and later ever year, and the lack of green vegetation means there is less and less food for livestock. ? Arne Hoel/World Bank

Education, health, food security, and infrastructure are just a few of the many areas where more and better data is needed to deliver progress.

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The post-secondary level is where a stark gender gap emerges for STEM education. Globally there are more women enrolled than men in universities and graduation rates for women are higher. However, Sub-Saharan Africa is an exception.


Despite higher rates of enrollment and graduation at a global level, women are less likely to major in specific STEM fields. Only 7% of women choose to study engineering, manufacturing and construction, compared to 22% of men. Of the students pursuing careers in information, communication and technology (ICT) fields, 28% are women and 72% are men. Read more.


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