We welcome 2015 confronting an all-too-familiar reality: there are still people in the world without access to sufficient and nutritional food. One in eight people go hungry every day, according…

Amir Fouad, Ian Gillson |

For nearly three-fifths of the world population, the lack of access to energy is a major challenge to economic development and poverty reduction. Increasing cross-border trade in electricity can…

Michael Pollitt, Miles McKenna |

International trade has a critical role to play in environmental protection and the effort to mitigate climate change. While it certainly isn’t always framed this way, it is important to realize…

Miles McKenna, Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil |

Summer is almost over and the fall semester is about to begin for young economics students. But this semester could be the start of something much larger at University College London (UCL) and the…

Miles McKenna |

Bhutan has some of the most thrilling rides in the world—in the air and on the ground.   Flying into Paro Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan, is an experience like none other—its…

Charles Kunaka, Miles McKenna |

It’s 38°C (99°F) in Ouagadougou, the capitol city of Burkina Faso, today—and it’s been this hot all week. The end of the warm season is near, but in places like Ouaga (pronounced WAH-ga, as its…

Paul Brenton, Miles McKenna |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |

Vietnam is one of the world's development success stories. It is undeniable.  Between 1990 and 2010, Vietnam grew at an average annual rate of 7.4 percent—one of the world’s top five growth…

Luis Blancas |

Concerns over climate change took center stage at this year’s World Bank annual meetings. The message was clear: there doesn’t have to be a tradeoff between economic growth and a cleaner,…

Harun Onder, Miles McKenna |

In February, the United Nations named 2013 the Year of Quinoa and made the president of Bolivia and the first lady of Peru special ambassadors to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).…

Jose Daniel Reyes, Julia Oliver |