It’s financial inclusion week—a series of events exploring "the most pressing actions needed to advance financial inclusion globally"—making this a perfect time to launch the 2017 Global…

Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar, Jake Hess |

Here is a one-page instruction manual for managing an effective public service.  It is based on a recent World Bank Policy Research Working paper by Imran Rasul, Martin Williams and myself. 

Daniel Rogger |

Labels matter. Girls who are reminded of stereotypes about how girls perform in math do worse on math exams (in some circumstances). Publicly revealing the caste of students in India led to worse…

David Evans |

In June 2015, after two days of heavy rain, flood water washed away Sarah’s small store in Accra, which provided for her family of three (1). The flood that hit the city in June 2015 affected…

Stéphane Hallegatte, Alvina Erman |

This page in: Français Across European countries, women continue to earn less than men. Looking at data for full-time working women across 30 countries, we find that women would have needed an…

Gabriela Inchauste, Ana Maria Munoz-Boudet, Paola Buitrago Hernandez |

Also available in: Français | Español  | العربية | Русский Many of today’s increasingly complex development challenges, from rapid urban expansion to climate change, disaster resilience, and…

Klaus Deininger |

We know that fiscal policy can be harnessed to reduce inequality in low- and middle-income countries, but until now, we knew less about its ability to reduce poverty. Our recent volume looks at…

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig |

Developing countries made considerable gains during the 2000s, resulting in a large reduction in extreme poverty and a significant expansion of the middle class. More recently that progress has…

Margaret McMillan, Dani Rodrik, Claudia Sepúlveda |

South Africa’s social assistance system – through a comprehensive set of cash transfers -- covers nearly 16 million people. This is a big improvement from 1994, when cash transfers reached fewer…

Lucilla Maria Bruni |

Also available in: Español | Français | العربية Behavior change campaigns are all around us. They remind us to get our flu shots; warn us that food and drinks are not allowed when using public…

Anushka Thewarapperuma |