In a surprising turn of events, a few weeks ago, Amazon canceled its plans to build a corporate campus in New York City after facing backlash from lawmakers, activists and union leaders voicing…

Hania Kronfol |

Starting a business is a risky endeavor and requires courage. It is also an opportunity. Whether this opportunity will materialize depends on how well the aspiring entrepreneur is prepared and how…

Andreja Marusic, Andrew Sherman |

It is estimated that every day Nairobi generates 3, 000 tons of waste; 12% is plastic. At the same time, the demand for new houses is growing at a rate of 600 per day. Innovative climate…

Justine White, Lisanne Heemskerk, Marjolijn Wilmink |

“200 pieces of Selfie are ready, please call them to collect, ” Nurjahan, an entrepreneur selling a local brand “Selfie” shoes, tells her husband to call a local shop owner to pick up his order.…

Nadia Sharmin, Simon Bell |

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is often considered by economists and policymakers as integral to economic growth – a cornerstone of modernization, income growth and employment. Yet for many…

Amira Karim |

In recent years, Nepal has made the headlines for the wrong reasons. In April 2015, it was shaken by a huge earthquake that claimed thousands of lives and caused country-wide destruction.  In…

Taneem Ahad, Raihana Rabbany |

The president of the Somali Chamber of Commerce, Mohamoud Abdi Ali,  joins with the country's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Khadra Ahmed Dualle, at the IFC-sponsored Public-Private…

Klaus Tilmes |

Surrounded by hardened fan manufacturers in the city of Gujranwala, 70 kilometers north of Lahore, the task facing our World Bank Group team was to convince them that more efficient fans, to be…

Saima Zuberi, Etienne Kechichian |

High-risk areas for natural disasters are home to 5 billion out of the 7 billion total people on our planet. Overall [[tweetable]]global losses from natural disasters such as floods, landslides or…

Antoine Bavandi, Upmanu Lall, Benedikt Lukas Signer |

Never in recent history has anti-minorities rhetoric — anti-immigrants, anti-religious-minorities, anti-LGBTI — been so pronounced in so many countries around the world. Those groups, we are told…

Elaine R.E. Panter |