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 |

Also available in: Français  High and rising income inequality is a serious concern in many countries, as highlighted in the IMF’s recent Fiscal Monitor. Wealth, however, is distributed even more…

Jim Brumby, Michael Keen |

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 |

Building seawalls. Photo: Lauren Day/World Bank The first ever meeting of the Heads of Procurement of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) took place on June 20-21 in Barbados with…

Shaun Moss |

Governments spend a lot of money to contain violence. [[tweetable]]In 2015, some $1.7 trillion was spent on defense by governments worldwide[[/tweetable]] . While the primary responsibility for…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Bernard Harborne |

 In the Amazon region of Brazil, near Manaus. Brazil. Photo: © Julio Pantoja / World Bank When the word “Amazonas” is mentioned, what do you think of? Mythical rainforests and winding rivers?  The…

Laura De Castro Zoratto, Alexandre Borges de Oliveira, Courtney Price Ivins |

School children in Kingston, Jamaica. Strong public financial management affects all facets of government spending, including education. Photo credit: UN Photo/Milton Grant  Finance ministers,…

Samia Msadek |

Also available in: Español Young students in rural areas of Argentina. Photo: Nahuel Berger / World Bank Public schools in the Province of Buenos Aires generally provide school books and other…

Daniel Nogueira-Budny, Alejandro Solanot, Svetlana V. Klimenko |

Photo credit: Jimmy Baikovicius Uruguay stands out in Latin America and the Caribbean for the significant and early progress it achieved in terms of social protection. Now gaining global attention…

Till Johannes Hartmann, Courtney Price Ivins |

Also available in: Español Santiago de Chile. Photo: alobos Life via Flickr (under CC license)  Note from the editors: The following is an interview with Patricia Arriagada, former acting…

Dmitri Gourfinkel |