Viachaslau Kananovich is a student from Minsk, Belarus. He is a winner of the essay writing competition held by the World Bank office in Belarus.

Viachaslau Kananovich |

Belarus urgently needs structural economic reforms to avoid economic instability.
Why the urgency, you may ask, especially given that Belarus has made significant strides in reducing poverty…

Alex Kremer |

If you were to take a train from the Belarusian capital of Minsk to any satellite town, it would likely be cheaper than commuting within the city itself. This sounds like a good deal for inter-…

Winnie Wang |

On 11 October 2018, the World Bank launched its Human Capital Index, which quantifies the contribution of health and education to the productivity of the next generation of workers. The Index is…

Alex Kremer |

I sometimes wonder — do women in Belarus live a good life? Well, they are better educated than men, live about a decade longer than men, and enjoy generous social guarantees (3 years of child care…

Alex Kremer |

When students’ skills and knowledge are measured internationally, some countries get a big surprise – especially countries considered to have top-quality education. Take Germany, for example.…

Tigran Shmis |

I began work in Belarus last September. Looking back, I can see three phases in my love affair with Belarus.   In the first phase, before I came here, I heard the stereotypes about Belarus’s…

Alex Kremer |

Belarus is undergoing two transitions. The first is the transition to high income. This is a feat that has been accomplished by only about two dozen counties since the 1950s, half of which have…

Ivailo Izvorski |