School children in Nepal. Graphic: Nicholas Nam/World Bank [[tweetable]]Thirty years ago, almost everyone in Nepal — except for a few professionals and business people — would have been classified…

Ravi Kumar |

 Also available in Spanish Surya and Saraswati Adhikari on their biodiverse farm, Nepal. Photo credit: Bioversity International/J. Zucker The Himalayan mountain village of Begnas sits in a valley…

M. Ann Tutwiler |

​ ​​Photo: © Jonathan Ernst/World Bank A neighborhood road a minute walk away from my house in the southern plains of Nepal used to be paved. When I was a kid, it was usable during all seasons.…

Ravi Kumar |

Bill Lyons / World Bank A new World Bank report addressing the widespread dissatisfaction of citizens with the delivery of essential public services and calling for accountability in public…

Mario Marcel |

#ARTF's Ditte Fallesen describes the opportunities and challenges around #opendata in Afghanistan. Photo: Sandra Moscoco [[tweetable]]​There's a lot of energy around the role of open…

Sandra Moscoso |

If you live in a country where electricity never or rarely goes out, you are lucky. In my country, Nepal, we are pleased when we get uninterrupted electricity for even eight hours a day. Like…

Ravi Kumar |

Development depends on how well resources are spent. So, how can we truly follow the money from the moment that it is delivered all the way through how it is spent? How can we gather the data…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny, Felipe Estefan, Luis Vélez Pretelt |

Public procurement is not among the most popular topics in development circles. However, consider just these three ways in which procurement is probably one of the most indispensable elements that…

Philipp Krause, Lina Tutunji |

I had heard (and read) about the community schools in Nepal for several years.  Last February, I finally had a chance to visit them.  Community-run schools are often seen as a potentially powerful…

Ariel Fiszbein |