Global competition to attract foreign and domestic direct investment is so high that nearly all countries offer incentives (such as tax holidays, customs duty exemptions and subsidized loans) to…

Harald Jedlicka, Yassin Sabha |

Un agent de l’Union européenne évalue les dommages subis par un immeuble d’habitation en Ukraine. Crédit photographique : Union européenne Le constat est simple mais capital : les guerres et les…

Francis Ghesquiere |

Un representante de la Unión Europea (EU) evalúa los daños en un edificio de departamentos en Ucrania. Crédito: UE. Es una idea simple pero esencial: las guerras y los desastres están vinculados,…

Francis Ghesquiere |

شريك من الاتحاد الأوروبي يقيّم أضرارا لحقت بمبنى سكني في أوكرانيا. تصوير: الاتحاد الأوروبي إنها فكرة بسيطة لكنها أساسية: الحروب مرتبطة بالكوارث، ويجب دراسة هذه الروابط لتحسين حياة ملايين البشر حول…

Francis Ghesquiere |

A partner from the EU assesses damage to an apartment building in Ukraine. Photo credit: EU It’s a simple yet essential idea: war and disaster are linked, and these links must be examined to…

Francis Ghesquiere |

Syrian refugee students listen to their school teacher during math classes.  Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank ​In Europe, the year 2015 will be remembered as the year of the “refugee crisis.”…

Christian Bodewig |

Also available in: Français | العربية   A boat trip from Port Elizabeth to Kingstown, in the Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is a one-hour trip that locals take several…

Valerie Lorena |

El viaje en barco desde Port Elizabeth a Kingstown, en el país caribeño de San Vicente y las Granadinas, es un trayecto de una hora que los lugareños hacen varias veces al día. Durante uno de…

Valerie Lorena |

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 |

Editor's Note: "Notes From the Field" is an occasional feature where we let World Bank professionals conducting interesting trade-related projects around the globe explain some of…

Miles McKenna |