This blog is a part of a series using data from the Women, Business and the Law project. The data explores legal and regulatory challenges faced by women through different stages of their working…

Kavell Joseph |

It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |

In 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” More than an…

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Christopher Thomas |

In November 2016, we published the “Practical Guide for Measuring Retail Payment Costs”, an innovative methodology that can be customized to country needs and circumstances, without losing the…

Holti Banka |

© Jaron Johns / U.S. Dept. of State in cooperation with University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society [[tweetable]]For Leroy Phillips, perseverance is second nature. Born into…

James Dooley Sullivan, Brian Gabriel Canever |

Among the 29 countries and economies of the East Asia and Pacific region, one finds some of the world’s most successful education systems. Seven out of the top 10 highest average scorers on…

Michael Crawford |

“I refuse to be seen in the lesser light of society and aim to be a trail-blazer.” From left-right: Leroy Philips, Yaa Oppong and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo (Photo: Brandon Payne / World Bank) Last…

M. Yaa Pokua Afriyie Oppong, Leroy Phillips |

Data shows that huge swaths of populations in developing countries are not learning to read. Scaling up early reading interventions will be a first step toward addressing these high illiteracy…

Harry A. Patrinos, Jimmy Graham, Sean Kelly |

Students at Beijing Bayi High School in China. Photo: World Bank In 1950, the average working-age person in the world had  almost three years of education, but in East Asia and Pacific (EAP), the…

Michael Crawford |

A prevention program against crime and violence in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, supports sporting activities for the children from this municipality. Photo: Victoria Ojea/World Bank

Jorge Familiar |