Digital financial services are a gateway for the poor and SMEs to participate in the formal economy. Recent evidence of the impact of fintech as well as its potential going forward is…

Alfonso Garcia Mora |

Alternative data analysis- both quantitative and behavioral - can be used to dramatically bolster financial access around the world.

Sharmista Appaya |

Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

A few weeks ago, The Economist published an article on economic governance that discussed the importance of public sector accounting. It recognized the importance of maintaining existing public-…

Ed Olowo-Okere |

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I get stirred up by all types of governance data, so in honor of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, I though I’d highlight a few efforts to measure…

Jim Anderson |

Market conduct supervisors in the financial sector have a tough job. And it’s getting tougher.   Their core work involves collecting data from disparate sources and undertaking complex analyses to…

Douglas Randall, Ligia Lopes |

Graphic: World Bank Editor's note: This blog post is part of a series for the 'Bureaucracy Lab', a World Bank initiative to better understand the world's public officials. [[…

Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling, Christian Schuster, Kim Sass Mikkelsen |

It’s that time of the year when we look at the blogs we have published over the last 12 months and curate some of the most insightful pieces for you to read. We also want to thank you for reading…

Ravi Kumar |

Available in Chinese Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank The idea that economic growth needs good governance and good governance needs economic growth takes us to a perennial chicken-and-egg debate:…

Yuen Ang |

Also available in: Español | Français Kiev, Ukraine. Creative commons copyright: Mariusz Kluzniak As the world is increasingly interconnected, international taxation – traditionally more of a…

Oleksii Balabushko, Jan Loeprick, Sebastian Beer, Felipe Pinto Vallada |