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 |

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 |

Grenada – Photo by Steve Utterwulghe Many Caribbean States have long been trapped in a vicious cycle of low growth, high debt and limited fiscal space. The impact of the 2008 financial crisis, as…

Steve Utterwulghe |

The Latin America and the Caribbean region is crying out for infrastructure improvements. An investment estimated at 5 percent of the region’s GDP — or US$250 billion per year — is required to…

David Bloomgarden |

Infrastructure bottlenecks have created seemingly perpetual traffic jams in and around São Paulo. Photo credit: Marcelo Camargo/ABr. There’s a lot of time for innovative thought when you’re stuck…

Cara Santos Pianesi |

As noted in a blog post earlier this year, the World Bank Group is pursuing a Competitive Cities Knowledge Base (CCKB) project, looking at how metropolitan economies can create jobs and ensure…

Z. Joe Kulenovic |

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in recognition of the contributions this group of countries has made to the world, and to…

Ivan Rossignol |

For client countries of the World Bank, there is no shortage of interest in—or desire for—information on trade flows and market access. Improving trade performance is a critical component of many…

Amir Fouad, Ian Gillson |

If you follow trade negotiations, then you know there are few more contentious than those for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  …

Miles McKenna, Ian Gillson |