The countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) endure a paradox. They have a highly educated labor force but a large pool of unemployed youth. Whether this contradiction results from…

Lili Mottaghi |

Everyone agrees that conflicts impose huge costs on economies, including massive destruction of infrastructure and housing, disruption of trade, transport and production, not to mention the loss…

Shanta Devarajan, Lili Mottaghi |

Syrian refugee children at Za’atari Camp, Jordan Photo credit: Aaka Pande, March 15, 2017 March 15, 2017. She looked at me curiously, sipping on her juice box. Her pink sweater in contrast to her…

Aakanksha H Pande |

 Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank Performance budgeting (PB) has a deep and enduring appeal. What government would not want to allocate resources in a way that fosters efficiency, effectiveness,…

Donald Moynihan, Ivor Beazley |

Another year has passed, and as we do each year-end, here’s a rundown of what content resonated most with you on World Bank social media in 2016. Four World Bank Facebook posts you cared about…

Mario Trubiano |

In February of this year the Syrian Center for Policy Research issued a report stating that 470, 000 Syrians had been killed in the war and 1.9 million wounded. That was 10 months ago and with the…

Omer Karasapan |

Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post blog. The bloody civil wars that wracked Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1990s did more than kill hundreds of…

Emre Özaltın, Aakanksha H Pande, Ziad Obermeyer |

The Syrian Civil War is entering its sixth year with no resolution in sight: Even February’s truce may be collapsing as the battle for Aleppo intensifies. There will be more refugees and…

Omer Karasapan |

Too often, the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn't know what's good for them when it comes to foreign policy or tackling global…

Jim Yong Kim |

Inequality begins early in life. In the Middle East and North Africa region it begins before birth, as prenatal care is not universal, and continues right through early childhood with different…

Will Stebbins |