Today, the gender gap in education in middle and high-income countries has mostly disappeared. In some countries, girls outstrip boys in schooling outcomes, yet women earn about 16% less money per…

Marco Ranzani, Kathleen Beegle |

Houses under construction. © John Hogg/World Bank [[tweetable]]Affordable housing is a major challenge across West Africa, where fewer than 7 percent of households can afford to buy their own home…

Martin Spicer |

On Wednesday, November 14, we joined more than 170 volunteers at the World Bank’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to draw little red boxes on a map of Alajo—a small town in the coastal metropolis of…

Lorenzo Piccio, David Charles Tucker |

Let’s start with a little quiz. Grab a piece of paper and pencil.   What’s the share of legal immigrants in the US population? (or you can choose the Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden or France).  A…

Markus Goldstein |

For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to be the World Bank’s resident economist for Mauritius and Seychelles. With this now coming to an end, here are some especially striking…

Alex Sienaert |

L'idée qui nous a amenés à organiser le concours photo #SustainableCities ou « Villes durables » était très simple : il s’agissait de savoir ce que ce concept évoquait chez les habitants du…

Xueman Wang, Dini Djalal |

Les villes sont des chantiers permanents et, pour des organisations comme la Banque mondiale, ce sont des creusets de développement essentiels qui contribuent à sortir les populations de la…

Mario Trubiano, Pabsy Pabalan |

Forest monitoring efforts in Phu Khao Khouay, Vientiane Province, Laos PDR. Photo credit: Hannah McDonald If ever there was a year to make significant progress on forest conservation and climate…

Ellysar Baroudy |

Avec l’adoption d’un programme de développement universel et l’engagement d’un nombre croissant de pays à lutter contre le changement climatique, l’année 2015 aura marqué un tournant dans la…

Paula Caballero |

This blog was first published on September 15, 2015 by Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at the World Bank and author of the recently published book, “The…

Alexandre Marc |