Students line up to wash their hands before eating at Kanda Estate Primary School in Accra, Ghana. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Human capital, that is the set of skills, health and knowledge…

Pietro Calice |

For several decades, manufacturing in the automotive sector has made a strong contribution to spurring national growth, to promoting technology acquisition, and to raising incomes for workers…

Priyam Saraf |

  Modern factories, seaport terminals, and technical schools, plus priceless cultural monuments: Tangier, Morocco In late 2014, the World Bank’s Competitive Cities team visited the Moroccan city…

Z. Joe Kulenovic |

The Buzz on the Street: Can institutional investors really close the infrastructure gap?  Once again, infrastructure is a hot topic.  Not since the first waves of energy, water and transport…

Jordan Z. Schwartz |

Jean-Marie Gaborit has been operating his beautiful wetland lodge in the Delta de Saloum in Senegal for 12 years, but he says things have never been so quiet. The European winter months are…

Hermione Nevill |

Transparent, competitive bidding is a sound way for the public sector to buy goods and services. It is also standard procedure for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). Besides reducing…

François Bergere |

The private sector has long been a major player in infrastructure projects around the globe. Its contribution is important on many levels: besides making financial, technical and managerial…

David Lawrence |

If you’re in the private sector, and if you somehow imagine that social issues don’t have anything to do with your business, then you’d better think again. The dollars-and-cents costs of chronic…

Christopher Colford |

Investments in education could spur economic growth in India (Credit: World Bank) I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to my former professor Amartya Sen at the World Bank who attempted to…

Sebastian James |

New approaches to medical care can improve health outcomes (Credit: World Bank, Flickr) In many poor countries, a large proportion of health services is provided by the private sector, including…

Jorge Coarasa |