A beneficiary at the Arazi (Land Records Authority) center. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which…

Raymond Muhula |

Despite years of fiscal decentralization, not many countries have been able to quantify the size and structure of the economies at the decentralized units. To our knowledge, only South Africa has…

Peter Chacha Wankuru |

Models walk the runway during regional conclave in New Delhi, India. Photo: World Bank For centuries, women in the harsh deserts of Rajasthan, India, embroidered richly-colored mirror-work…

Divya Gupta, Vinita Ranade |

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 |

Pakistan is not investing enough and its share of investment to GDP is one of the lowest in the world at 15 percent almost half of the South Asian average at 30 percent. This translates into…

Muhammad Waheed, Adnan Ashraf Ghumman |

South Asian countries’ exports are only one-third of what they should be, had they mirrored the experience of economies with similar characteristics. Without further integration into global…

Hans Timmer |

Pakistani women in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: A M Syed, Shutterstock  This blog is part of a series examining women’s economic empowerment in South Asia. In patriarchal societies—as in most of…

Saman Amir, Ahmad Shah Durrani |

Pakistani girls attending a primary school. Photo: World BankThis blog is part of a series that discusses findings from the [email protected]: Shaping the Future report, which identifies the changes…

Illango Patchamuthu |

The traditional route of industrialization for developing countries may no longer be available for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This should not be a source of regret, as the…

Ferid Belhaj, Rabah Arezki |