Imagine you fall ill or have a serious accident. You survive, but to recover you need extensive medical care. The problem? You don’t have insurance and have to pay out of pocket. Your life savings…

Pranav Mohan |

Slideshow: Reimagining a park, a river, and other public spaces in Seoul (Photos by Judy Zheng Jia / World Bank) [[tweetable]]"If you lose the human scale, the city becomes an ugly place,…

Judy Zheng Jia, Jon Kher Kaw, Annie Bidgood, Sangmoo Kim, Marisa Garcia Lozano, Rosanna Nitti |

Mr. Kannan, a differently abled social entrepreneur. (Photo: Varalakshmi Vemuru) During my recent mission visit to Sivagangai District in Tamil Nadu, India, I met with Mr. Kannan, a social…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

I usually don’t wake up to hate mail in my inbox. What prompted this deluge is a recent paper that evaluates the impact of a training program for informal health care providers (providers without…

Jishnu Das |

A whirlwind, surely incomplete tour of cash transfer impacts on health Your run-of-the-mill conditional cash transfer (CCT) program has significant impacts on health-seeking behavior. Specifically…

David Evans, Katrina Kosec |

Devotees at the Erwadi Dargah in Tamil Nadu, India. (Photo: DMPH Erwadi) Last month I blogged about how mental illness is curable, treatable, and preventable. Today, let me take you to a town in…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

India’s rivers are heavily polluted. According to official estimates, 302 of 445 river stretches fail to meet even bathing criteria (Central Pollution Control Board [CPCB], 2014). This is known to…

Quy-Toan Do, Shareen Joshi, Samuel Stolper |

On World Mental Health Day, here’s a fact to reflect on: [[tweetable]]people with mental illness are among the socially excluded and marginalized groups in society. [[/tweetable]]They are often…

Varalakshmi Vemuru |

During a recent visit to Barsam village in the Saharsa district of Bihar, I talked with members of a women’s self-help group - one of over 480, 000 such groups formed under Jeevika, a rural…

Ashi Kathuria |